Tyler Hurd, the creator behind patently ridiculous VR experiences Butts (2016) and Outdated Buddy (2017), has simply joined the Oculus Medium staff. Now, Hurd says, he’s growing a brand new VR venture known as Seaside Physique Bros utilizing Medium.
Seaside Physique Bros is a four-minute room-scale VR expertise for the Oculus Rift & HTC Vive. It’s set to premiere at SIGGRAPH 2019 on the finish of July.
In keeping with a current Oculus developer weblog publish, Seaside Physique Bros units you as a “puny wimp marching on a mirrored seaside world full of encouraging bros,” who assist you to construct muscle whereas rocking to a “depraved ’80s montage monitor.”
The bros, Hurd says, “watch and cheer you on in amazement as you rework right into a hulking pile of meat, glistening within the sundown.”
Hurd says the venture initially got here from how VR has the ability to “play with customers’ perceptions and feelings,” which gave him the thought of constructing a universe completely devoted to the person.
“In my previous initiatives I’ve discovered that customers get pleasure from taking part in with the avatar they’re embodying, and it’s finest to make their position within the expertise as clear as potential whereas conserving their engagement with the digital world enjoyable and fixed,” Hurd says. “Naturally in a weightlifting setting there’s loads of give attention to self-image which is ideal for somebody embodying a brand new avatar. There’s additionally an intense quantity of camaraderie and encouragement which is nice for the person to really feel like they’re participating with the digital world and the characters in it.”
Hurd maintains that (apart from being deliciously unusual) Seaside Physique Bros is a take a look at case for utilizing Oculus Medium as a production-ready sculpting instrument. To learn extra about how Hurd used Medium as a instrument, take a look at the weblog publish right here.