Virtual Reality: Starbreeze to Premiere Cinematic VR Experience
Today, Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products announced its first own produced cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) experience titled “Cockatoo Spritz” coordinated by Stephane Barbato.
The company’s first VR-project was to explore the interactive game space in the Overkill’s The Walking Dead VR-experience which was premiered at E3 2015 where it also launched its 210-degree field of view StarVR head mounted display. Now, the “Cockatoo Spritz” is coming into the film world to redefined cinematic perspective. Sure, it will create an entirely new experience. With “Cockatoo Spritz” experience, the VR medium will soon become the hub of the movie industry.
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“We felt the need to creatively push the movie industry into the VR space to fully realize the potential in the new medium, and at the same time showcase the strength of StarVR’s 210 field of view. We early decided to shoot in France. There is an amazing strong technical and creative environment here, so it really made sense to base the production here.” said Michael Hjorth, Starbreeze Chairman who spearhead the production of the experience along with Emmanuel Marquez, Starbreeze CTO. “In discussions with Stephane Barbato, the director we decided to get inspiration from the early French pioneers, like the Lumiere brothers, and the movies of Lubistch and Billy Wilder”.
“Cockatoo Spritz tells the story of the effervescence. ‘Spritz’ is the spirit of the show, the funny in the air, the sparkling in the eyes. Looks around you ‘Spritz’ is everywhere.” said Stephane Barbato describing the experience.
On Wednesday May 11th, Starbreeze began to showcase the new VR-experience Cockatoo Spritz and Overkill’s The Walking Dead VR-Experience at the Majestic Hotel in the heart of Cannes. Then, on Sunday May 15th, there will be an arrangement for selected invitees to further exclusively preview the experience. The movie industry is about to witness a revolution.
What’s next? Starbreeze is set to develop truly immersive virtual reality experiences, integrating software and hardware in the Project StarVR and the StarVR head mounted display. This will definitely create sensational experience in the movie industry.
Brief information about Starbreeze:
Starbreeze is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products. With studios in Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles, the company creates games by own design and through licensed content, aiming to create franchises that prosper as games and elsewhere. We live and die by gameplay.
Starbreeze’s most recent games include PAYDAY 2, the adrenaline fueled bank robbing co-op game and the upcoming survival co-op FPS OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead based on the hit comic series. Starbreeze is pioneering digital self-publishing, inviting developers to leverage its self-publishing knowhow on Steam, having one of the largest communities on the digital distribution platform. Next, Starbreeze is set to develop truly immersive virtual reality experiences, integrating software and hardware in the Project StarVR and the StarVR head mounted display.