Premiering on October 8, leisure studio BlackBox TV is releasing a short-form sequence unique to Meta Quest TV and in Meta Horizon Worlds with the Meta Quest 2 headset. The 360° VR expertise “Scream Park” takes customers on a digital actuality horror rollercoaster journey simply in time for spooky season.
Meta Quest TV is the VR residence for VR headsets Meta Quest and Meta Quest 2. Customers want a Meta Quest 2 gadget to view “Scream Park.” In August, Meta hiked the worth of Quest 2 from $299.99 to $399.99 due to excessive manufacturing prices.
Every episode shall be seven minutes lengthy and contains “energetic journey scenes,” which contain flashing lights, going contained in the mouth of a creepy clown, in addition to winding turns and spins that admittedly made us slightly nauseous. A warning earlier than each episode states it’s not appropriate for photosensitive viewers.
At launch, the primary 4 episodes shall be launched. The remaining 4 episodes will roll out all through the autumn.
In contrast to the brand new slate of video games arriving in Quest 2, reminiscent of “Ghostbusters,” “Amongst Us” and “Crimson Matter 2,” BlackBox TV’s eight-episode sequence is designed to provide customers non-interactive 360° VR leisure that blends live-action right into a CGI world.
“The workforce is utilizing VR gaming expertise to construct out a darkish, advanced, but relatable story within the cinematic area,” producer Tru Collins mentioned in an announcement. “The attention is a bodily extension of the central nervous system, so when the visible results of 360° VR meet the emotional connection to the story, it hits the viscera in a method that 2D leisure simply can’t.”
The corporate claimed that the video is “new for Meta” and “to our data, is likely one of the first of its variety merging reside motion right into a CGI world (most content material does the reverse), and an immersive story/journey that’s exterior of the gaming universe, and feels extra actual than a 2D sequence,” BlackBox TV instructed TechCrunch.
“With ‘Scream Park,’ we’re not trying to replicate actuality in VR; we’re creating an expertise you’ll be able to’t discover anyplace else,” mentioned creator and director Tony E. Valenzuela.
Whereas there are curler coaster video games for Meta Quest gadgets, “Scream Park” is a story storytelling video with characters performing as if talking on to the viewer.
The unique sequence for Meta Quest 2 additionally stars a well-known face from the hit Netflix present “Stranger Issues.” Grace Van Dien — who performed Chrissy, the possessed cheerleader in “Stranger Issues” — will star as Kelly Q in “Scream Park,” who’s trapped and must be rescued earlier than the solar rises. The opposite live-action character within the sequence is “American Horror Story” star Zach Villa as Will.
CGI characters just like the Robotic shall be voiced by Monique Coleman, who starred in Disney’s “Excessive College Musical.” On-line character and singer Steve Zaragoza would be the voice of the antagonist, Toby Terrific.
“Scream Park” is a continuation of BlackBox TV’s “Enter Scream Park,” which premiered on its YouTube channel in 2021 and at present has greater than 680,660 views. The channel has 1.1 million subscribers. BlackBox TV claimed that as a result of video’s success, the horror/sci-fi studio determined to construct out a complete sequence for the world of “Scream Park.”
“We’re thrilled to be persevering with our journey into ‘Scream Park’ with our new sequence and grateful for Meta’s continued help,” Valenzuela added.
BlackBox TV focuses on VR/360° experiences and was based by filmmaker Valenzuela. The studio has launched varied different sequence to Meta Quest, reminiscent of “Earlier than Scream Park,” “Enter Scream Park,” “Alan Wake in VR,” “The Monster Problem,” “Freddy Krueger,” “Lights Out,” “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” and extra.
The announcement of the 360° VR sequence comes forward of Meta’s annual convention, Meta Join, which happens subsequent Tuesday, October 11. The convention will embrace bulletins of “main updates to Horizon and avatar graphics,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his Instagram caption as a response to the cringy selfie of his avatar.
Horizon Worlds has skilled so many efficiency points that not even Meta workers will use it, The Verge lately reported.