‘Wallace and Gromit’ Step Into VR with Aardman, Atlas V, Meta Quest

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Wallace and Gromit,” the cult British stop-motion comedy franchise created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations, is ready for a digital actuality makeover.

Aardman is partnering with Meta Quest and Paris-based banner Atlas V to create an interactive, narrative-led, single participant VR expertise which is able to comply with the brand new adventures of Wallace and Gromit.

Known as “The Grand Getaway,” the VR expertise will revolve round Wallace and Gromit’s holidays and can launch in 2023 within the Oculus Retailer for Meta Quest. Will probably be accessible on Meta Quest 2, a brand new VR headset enabling customers to stroll round, discover and get hands-on.

The undertaking is a co-production between Aardman and Atlas V, the award-winning outfit behind upscale VR experiences reminiscent of “Spheres” and “Gloomy Eyes,” in affiliation with No Ghost in London and Albyon in Lyon. It’s funded by Meta Quest.

Finbar Hawkins and Bram Ttwheam are co-directing for Aardman with the assist of Nick Park and Merlin Crossingham, inventive director of “Wallace & Gromit.”

Ben Whitehead will once more voice Wallace, as he has accomplished for earlier “Wallace & Gromit” tasks, following within the footsteps of the late Peter Sallis.

‘The Grand Getaway’ is the subsequent step in Wallace and Gromit’s adventures in immersive areas, following ‘The Huge Repair Up’, which mixed the newest in augmented and blended actuality in an epic real-time journey.

“The whole studio is so enthusiastic about this undertaking, which supplies us with an ideal alternative to do what we love – combining memorable characters and fascinating storytelling with rising applied sciences to supply followers a completely immersive expertise,” mentioned Sean Clarke, Aardman’s managing director.

“For loyal followers of ‘Wallace & Gromit,’ this can be actual wish-fulfilment territory – after watching the characters on display screen for many years, they may now have a possibility to step into their world and play an lively position on this new story because it unfolds,” added Clarke.

Antoine Cayrol and Arnaud Colinart, producers and co-founders at Atlas V, mentioned their firm was “aiming to work with famend IP, in an effort to have extra impression on the viewers and contact extra individuals.”

“It was difficult for all of us to return collectively to succeed in the extent of expectations and requirements that such an IP calls for, however we’re satisfied that the followers of ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and the VR group will expertise wonderful immersive adventures by interacting with these two much-loved characters.”

Ryan Thomas, producer at Meta Quest, mentioned the “thought of interacting and being in the identical room with these beloved characters that I grew up watching evokes a way of nostalgia and surprise that we all know Meta Quest 2 house owners will take pleasure in.” Thomas added will probably be a “visually spectacular, witty, and progressive immersive VR expertise.”

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