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  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 Launches £20,000 Commission For VR/AR Docs
    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 Launches £20,000 Commission For VR/AR Docs

    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 is on the hunt for its next big documentary using immersive tech.

    The festival today announced the launch of its Alternate Realities commission. It’s offering £20,000 to produce a new digital project that could use either AR, VR or other media. That’s quite a jump on last year’s £12,000 commission, which produced a VR experience called Face to Face. Previous projects also include the emotionally moving Future Aleppo.

    This year’s winner will feature at the festival in June. But Doc/Fest has also partnered with digital creativity festival, MUTEK. The winning experience and its creator will travel to the festival in Montreal, Canada for the show from 20th – 25th August. You’ll also have a chance to speak at the event.

    The piece will also feature in the Alternate Realities Exhibition Tour that travels across the UK and beyond following the festival.

    “I am thrilled to welcome Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK as new supporting partners, alongside Arts Council England; these new relationships will amplify the impact of the project and offer prestigious exhibition opportunities and profile for the successful artist,” said Dan Tucker, Curator of the Alternate Realities programme, in a prepared statement.

    Interested? Submissions are open now so have your proposals at the ready. You have until midnight GMT on February 25th to get them in.

    Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 6th – 11th. You can expect the return of the Alternate Realities exhibition, which has hosted some of our favorite VR experiences of recent years. We’re looking forward to it.

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  • Submissions Open for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s £20,000 Alternate Realities Commission Artists have until 25th February to make their submissions.
  • Starblood Arena Dev On Server Shutdown: ‘We Loved This Game Deeply’
    Starblood Arena Dev On Server Shutdown: ‘We Loved This Game Deeply’

    Eariler this week we reported that PSVR multiplayer shooter Starblood Arena is shutting down. Now developer WhiteMoon Dreams has spoken up with a bittersweet goodbye.

    Studio CEO Jay Koottarappallil took to the PSVR subreddit to talk about the game’s closure. “People, we loved this game so deeply,” he wrote, “it became a large part of the studio’s identity and though we work on other things today, the roots of SBA run deep, making this time even harder.”

    Starblood was an enjoyable six degrees of freedom (6DOF) VR shooter that launched in 2017. It had some good ideas on how to build a VR shooter, but struggled to find a robust audience. That’s a common theme with VR games. Sony will take the servers offline in July. Koottarappallil revealed that the decision to shut servers down came from Sony itself, and WhiteMoon isn’t being given the chance to save it.

    “Sony called earlier to let me know that they were shutting down servers,” he wrote. “The call was something along the lines of “This is always a very hard time, but its time to shut down the servers”. There wasn’t a whole lot of detail past that and there was no option for us to support servers ourselves, much less make any new releases. At the very least, we would have liked to have the option to pay for servers ourselves.”

    However, Koottarappallil emphasized that he didn’t want the blame to be leveled at Sony. The post even cites a lot of figures at Sony that helped get the game made.

    “As for you, well, I can’t thank all of you enough for how you guys carried SBA from launch,” he wrote, addressing the community. “We launched in April 2017 with zero marketing and PR support, much to our disappointment, but you guys rallied.”

    WhiteMoon itself isn’t facing closure, though. Koottarappallil confirmed as much in an email to UploadVR and the post says the studio is working on new projects. Starblood Arena may be over, but hopefully WhiteMoon will continue its work in VR.

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  • Poppy Makes You Question Reality In RYOT’s Latest AR Piece

    One of music’s strangest acts invades Sundance with an even stranger AR experience. It’s fitting that YouTube darling Poppy is at the center of an interactive AR piece that ends with you questioning your own reality. It’s her thing and The Jester’s Tale from RYOT is no exception, presenting a mix of Magic Leap technology

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  • Moodpod Creator LumiereVR Acquires VR Analytics Company RetinadVR RetinadVR's analytics product will be rolled into LumiereVR's LBE suite.
  • PlayStation VR Could be Getting Beat Saber’s Insane Expert+ Mode This Week Beat Games has said that it'll 'probably' happen.
  • WellTown Is A VR Experience Built For An Entire City

    New Zealand’s capital has transformed into an interactive VR city in hopes of enticing tourists and potential residents. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, looks to become the world’s first gamified VR city through a VR experience called WellTown, which promises to inject you directly into the heart and soul of the vibrant city, putting you

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  • Free Creed: Rise To Glory Rocky Legends Update Adds Classic Characters
    Free Creed: Rise To Glory Rocky Legends Update Adds Classic Characters

    Today's free Creed: Rise to Glory update adds four classic Rocky Legends characters from across all the films like Apollo, Drago, and Clubber.

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  • Creed: Rise To Glory ‘Rocky Legends’ Update Brings Four New Fighters

    You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder! Yo, Adrian! There’s a free new update for Creed: Rise to Glory that introduces a kick-ass lineup of some of the legendary franchises most iconic fighters. Available today on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the ‘Rocky Legends’ update adds

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  • Beat Saber Expert Plus PSVR Coming This Week ‘Probably’, Looks Insane
    Beat Saber Expert Plus PSVR Coming This Week ‘Probably’, Looks Insane

    Beat Saber Expert Plus PSVR support is landing this week (probably), and it looks insane.

    Expert Plus is the game’s hardest difficulty yet. PC players have been enjoying the mode since last year but it’s taken some time to get it over to PSVR. No doubt the difference in tracking systems between PC VR and PSVR has given developer Beat Games some tweaks to make.

    Beat Saber legend @ruirize stopped by at our office to test Expert+ for PS VR. It works great and we will be releasing it probably this week! pic.twitter.com/PYfzQDUuK5

    — Beat Saber (@BeatSaber) January 29, 2019

    In a recent tweet, though, Beat Games showed off Saber master Ruirize taking it head-on. It frankly looks insane; Move controllers are thrown around so quickly we’re surprised he doesn’t take off. From what we can see it looks like everything is holding up pretty well. We’ll need to get our hands on it to deliver a final verdict, though.

    As the tweet notes, Expert Plus will ‘probably’ hit VR this week. Expect it to be a free update for existing players and it should work with every song. We’ll stick to Normal mode, thanks. Not even Darth Maul could handle this.

    And, no, there’s no news yet on when Beat Saber’s first DLC will hit. Beat Games assures fans it’s working as hard possible on the first of three track packs, which will add ten songs, but we don’t have a date yet. We’ll let you know as soon as we do.

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  • Funding Network Kaleidoscope Relaunches at Sundance Film Festival It's now free to become a member.
  • WellTown Turns Wellington New Zeland Into A VR City With Games
    WellTown New Zealand

    You no longer need to spend roughly one billion hours on a plane to get to New Zeland. WellTown takes you there in an instant using VR.

    Launching today on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, WellTown turns the New Zealand city of Wellington into a VR landscape. It’s a little like Google Earth VR, except dotted around the town are interactive games and experiences. Take a look in the trailer below.

    Developer WellingtonNZ aimed to take some of the things Wellington is known for in some fun directions for this project. Wellington is a cafe town, for example, so one game has you shooting caffeine at sleepy zombies. Or you can visit local buskers and jam with them on a virtual drum kit. This being New Zealand, there are some brushes with nature too including a deep dive in the harbor and a chance to explore the wilderness.

    There are 360 videos, too. You can watch footage from an All Blacks rugby test match or, uh, visit the offices of accountancy firm Xero. Some VR enthusiasts may also recall that Wellington is home to Weta, Peter Jackson’s award-winning digital effects studio. It’s helped produce the likes of Lord of the Rings, and WellTown offers a glimpse inside.

    It is, of course, all designed to actually get you to come to New Zealand for yourself. It’s a little like Spain’s Legends of Catalonia experience. I guess if you can afford a PC VR headset you can probably afford the flight ticket too.

    WellTown is available for free on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

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  • Creed: Rise to Glory Update Adds More Rocky Legends The update goes live today.
  • Disney Is Making Another ‘Top Secret’ VR Film, May Use Existing Characters
    Disney VR Film Cycles

    Walt Disney’s first real VR animation, Cycles, won’t be its last.

    Cnet reports that Disney is working on another “top secret” VR short film. Word comes by way of Cycles director Jeff Gipson, who will also direct the new project. Cycles is on display this week at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

    The piece will apparently be three to five minutes long. Perhaps more excitingly, though, Nicholas Russell, Head of Disney’s professional development program, said that the VR team is being allowed to explore project with existing Disney characters. No other details were provided though, according to the article, Cycles itself was made in just four months. That might mean that we get to see this new project in the not-too-distant future, too.

    Cycles itself is about building a home and what transpires within them. It’s a nice idea for VR, a medium which has a knack for rooting you in one particular space. We haven’t seen the movie for ourselves just yet, though.

    Of course, films are far from the only place that Disney is exploring VR. Over the past few years the company has released several games and experiences including apps like a Coco tie-in movie and the Oculus Rift exclusive Marvel: Powers United VR. Last year we also saw the launch of a Wreck-It Ralph location-based VR experience. The studio even has its own VR animation tool, though we doubt it’ll ever be released to the public.

    As for a possible home release for Cycles? No word yet though, apparently, the studio is open to the idea. Hopefully we’ll see it soon.

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  • Location-based Entertainment Startup Sandbox VR Secures $68 Million Investment The funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz.