HTC has revealed a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to release exclusive VR material for the upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, due to hit theatres March 30, 2018. The content will include “experiences” and games tied to the film, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg.
HTC said it will release the content via its Viveport service which supports its own HTC Vive headset and all other “VR in-home platforms,” which likely means PC and mobile-based VR solutions. HTC is expected to demo the content at events around the world, but there’s no ETA on when we’ll first see it.
“The virtual reality world within Ready Player One is extremely advanced, sophisticated and engaging,” said Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures. “With Vive, we chose the best system to represent the future of VR. Vive is the perfect partner to bring that to life and also has the broadest reach to global markets for the use of VR in home, mobile and offline channels.”
Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, which sees teen Wade Watts taking part in a global competition set within a VR world known as the OASIS. It’s said to have been one of the primary inspirations for employees working at Oculus.