Have you ever ever cried inside a VR headset? You’re about to.
I’m not what you’d name a “crier.” So when one thing so simple as an interactive VR experience is ready to make me tear up a bit of bit i’m fairly taken again. However that’s the power of Manifest 99, a VR journey that takes users by the ultimate experiences of a gaggle of mysterious practice passengers heading to their inevitable doom. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that highlights the best and worst of humanity all in a classy artwork style designed to get these tear ducts energetic. And boy does it work.
Developed by Flight School, a Dallas-based new media inventive studio specializing within the eerie style, Manifest 99 takes you on a narrative-driven journey about loss of life and discovering redemption within the afterlife. Separated into 4 chapters following 4 totally different strangers, you’ll observe these personified animals and be taught extra about their respective journeys from a loving bear husband shipped off to a conflict eerily much like that of WWI, to a caring owl nun devoted to bringing cheer to a struggling affected person. You’ll path behind every topic as they rapidly make their approach additional by the practice in an try to flee the hazard, all in useless after all.
Whereas the experience isn’t on rails, it additionally doesn’t depend on movement controllers of any type, as an alternative utilizing gaze-based expertise that can assist you progress. By staring into the eyes of a crowd scattered all through the practice you’ll transport your self into their our bodies, trying to find random Easter egg objects that may end up in a wide range of totally different experiences. Finally you’ll take over the function of every predominant character and uncover every of their selections that lead so far.
“Movement in virtual reality has always been a challenge,” notes Flight College Chief Inventive Officer Brandon Oldenburg. “We realized that how you move around in VR has to be more than a mechanic, and by advancing the viewer by gazing into the characters’ eyes we were able to discover a strong motivation for movement within the experience that pushed the story further, rather than disrupt it.”
Now if you happen to’ve already shut your blinds and hid beneath the covers to keep away from anymore disappointment on this story, I’ll say that the story wraps up superbly as we be taught extra concerning the characters and the way they’re related. With out giving freely any spoilers the journey undoubtedly ends on a constructive word that left my headset padding damp with a single tear.