Annie and Emmy Award-winning VR animation studio, Baobab Studios, has simply launched their newest immersive leisure challenge, Bonfire, an absurd, narrative-based interactive animated VR expertise. Written and directed by the studio’s award-winning chief inventive officer, Eric Darnell (co- director of all 4 Madagascar movies and Antz), Bonfire stars comic, author and actress Ali Wong. The trailer beneath shares highlights from this brand-new first-person journey, in addition to fan testimonials from the current Tribeca Movie Competition world premiere.
Not like different award-winning interactive VR experiences from Baobab, in Bonfire the viewer performs the principle character. As Scout 817 the viewer is absolutely immersed in a digital actuality because the star of their very personal animated film. Priced at $9.99, Bonfire is now out there on the Oculus Quest, Rift S and Rift. Maureen Fan, Baobab CEO, commented, “As one of many solely interactive narrative launch companions on the Oculus Quest, we needed to supply one thing a bit completely different, an accessible but absolutely immersive and interactive digital actuality the place the viewer is the story. Bonfire provides the perfect of each video games and films for VR lovers who’re fascinated with a extra informal expertise.” Bonfire will likely be out there on extra platforms which will likely be introduced at a later time.
For Oculus Quest launch prospects who benefit from the immersion and interactivity of narrative-based experiences, Bonfire is a critically ridiculous house survival story introduced as a comical animated expertise. Much like Baobab’s earlier challenge Crow: The Legend, Bonfire has lovable characters, an imaginative world and a magical story, but additionally explores necessary themes. Aligned to Baobab’s values, Crow: The Legend incorporates a various forged together with Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Diego Luna, Liza Koshy, Constance Wu and Sarah Eagle Coronary heart. Crow is a narrative of sacrifice and group and with Bonfire, actress Ali Wong delivers a narrative of belief and friendship. “I couldn’t say no to Baobab as a result of Oprah labored with them,” Wong defined. “If it’s adequate for Oprah it’s adequate for me! However critically, I’m used to animation being this type of fluffy factor that’s for youths and sure, Bonfire is humorous. However, I used to be actually shocked by the intense themes being explored via such an absurd scenario. It’s an excellent story and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Although Bonfire is a narrative-based immersive expertise with intuitive interactions, it’s not a VR sport. It doesn’t have complicated or demanding gameplay methods. It’s been written and designed as an informal leisure expertise however beneath the lovable cartoon characters is a strong synthetic intelligence system. In keeping with Darnell, “One of many issues that fascinates me about VR is making a storytelling expertise that immerses you, the viewer, into the story in a means that makes you consider that you simply matter. We put the viewer in conditions the place they have to make significant selections below strain. We create extremely immersive experiences not by delivering complicated photo-real environments. As a substitute, we encourage you with characters that acknowledge you exist of their world and that you simply matter.”
Extra Info Concerning the Bonfire Interactive Narrative Expertise:
Have interaction in significant interactions with the characters and the world round you with Baobab’s award- successful real-time rendering, synthetic intelligence and interactive design methods all optimized for the Oculus Quest with full 6DOF assist.
Be the Star of an Absurd Alien Journey with Ali Wong
You might be Scout 817 and also you’ve been despatched to search out humanity a brand new house. As a substitute, you simply crashed your spaceship on an alien planet. Your solely instruments for survival are a fading bonfire, nourishment cylinders and a cautious robotic sidekick… or so that you suppose
An Animated Film-Like Area Survival Story of Belief and Friendship
As a not so elite member of The Area Pressure, you’ll be immersed in a critically ridiculous scenario enjoying the lead position in a comedic and informal narrative-based interactive leisure expertise the place your private selections influence the story
Intuitive Interactions in an Immersive World The place Your Choices Matter
With fluid actions and intuitive interactions, you’ll consider life-sustaining viability of an alien planet, establish useful extra-terrestrial assets, neutralize hostile creatures and tame wild creatures
In Bonfire, the most recent digital actuality interactive narrative from the Emmy and Annie award-winning Baobab Studios, you play the main position. As Area Scout 817, you might be on a mission to find a brand new house for the human race after it has made a multitude of Earth. The stakes are excessive. Too dangerous your piloting expertise lack… precision. In reality, you crash-land at evening in a mysterious clearing of an unknown planet three-hundred light-years from Earth. Your solely supply of sunshine is your makeshift bonfire. Past its glow, the whole lot falls to darkness. And what are these unusual noises coming from the alien jungle?
You’ve gotten solely your instincts and your robotic sidekick, Debbie, to information you. Voiced by comic, actress, and author Ali Wong, Debbie’s companionship comes with a signature wariness. When an opportunity assembly with an area inhabitant additional steers your mission off track, you study that sudden encounters simply would possibly end in lasting friendships. On this intimate setting, you could have the chance to embrace, discover and affect the world round you, and, maybe, make new associates. Ultimately, the selection is in the end yours: Will you comply with your captain or your conscience?
Value: $9.99 USD
Platforms: Oculus Quest, Rift S and Rift
World Premiere: Tribeca Movie Competition
Launch Date: Could 21st, 2019
Ranking: E for Everybody (ESRB)
Director: Eric Darnell
Forged: Ali Wong
Size: 15-20 Minutes
Supply: Baobab Studios
Dan Sarto is Writer and Editor-at-Giant of Animation World Community.