Production house Unit9 (which has just made it onto Creativity's production companies A-List this year) is making rather a name for itself in virtual reality. Its latest project is a game, Storm, done under its own name rather than for a client, and made by director Anrick Bregman.
Built for Oculus Rift, it's a virtual reality experience in which players find themselves battling a brutal snowstorm. They have five minutes to find shelter or they'll freeze to death. The challenge is to find and combine several items lying around in the blinding landscape to save themselves. As players look around for ways to get warm, their bodies gets colder, their limbs freeze up and their movements get slower, while the storm intensifies.
According to Bregman in a statement; "We wanted to make something that doesn't live clearly in either the film world or the games world. You can walk around this environment for five minutes and just enjoy the craziness of the weather -- something you never hope to enjoy in real life -- but because it's in VR it's safe. So if you like films, it can be a film. But it's also a game... We've fused the two."
Unit9 says Storm is the first chapter in a series of games that will explore extremes in nature, and will be developed further, with future updates.