The world of virtual reality is getting a slight jolt from some fantastic beasts. More specifically, you'll be able to see Newt Scamander's creatures come to life for the very first time in an all new virtual reality experience based around the 2016 film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Take a look.
The new trailer for the upcoming VR experience was rolled out over on the official Warner Bros. YouTube channel. It's only 45 seconds long but that's likely long enough to get the gist of the game out there to the general public.
The trailer starts by telling gamers that they can step into J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World and become a wizard. The trailer features a few seconds from the live action film but then quickly transitions into the virtual reality game, where we see players exploring a small room from a first-person view, as well as use the motion-based wand controls to create spells and even encounter some of the beasts from the film in some visually impressive mini-games.
You'll not only interact with various beasts, but also acquire relics, look over a map and attempt to solve some puzzles.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Virtual Reality Experience is actually available right now for the Google Daydream, through the Viveport for the HTC Vive, through the Oculus Store for the Oculus Rift, and through the Steam store page for all supported SteamVR HMDs.
The game is available for only $9.99, so it's not one of those VR titles with a heavy price tag and a short amount of content. In fact, we're starting to see more and more VR titles come down in price while also offering more bang for the buck. The user reviews note that the game feels more like a mobile port than a full VR experience, and it works more like a 360 degree interactive rail experience than a full fledged, freedom-of-movement virtual reality game.
It is true that this particular version of the game is based on the previous mobile VR experience, but developer Framestore decided to add three additional beasts to the table, including Niffler, Occamy, and Bowtruckles, in addition to Thunderbird, Erumpent, and Graphorn.
The newest version of the VR game also sports an additional deleted scene and some rare behind-the-scenes footage from the Fantastic Beasts film.
Fantastic Beasts VR Experience is available right now for most major VR HMDs, barring the PlayStation VR, or you can get the mobile version of the game, which is available for only $4.99.