The first public footage from the highly anticipated Warcraft movie was released online for Google Cardboard at Comic-Con.
Comic-Con is kicking off in San Diego and virtual reality is expected to have a big presence this year. An annual comics convention that has expanded over the years to include film, television, and video games is adding virtual reality to the list with the world premiere of footage from the upcoming Warcraft fantasy film, due out June 10, 2016.
Fans will be able to get their eyes on this newly released footage by downloading the Legendary VR app for their smartphone, popping their phone into a Google Cardboard headset, and taking to the skies over Azeroth.
The short Warcraft clip named “Skies of Azeroth” puts viewers on the back of a mythic Gryphon as it floats above a detailed fantasy realm as dangerous as it is beautiful.
Legendary Pictures, the film production company overseeing Warcraft for distributor Universal Pictures, developed the VR experience for Google’s low-cost, do-it-yourself headset with help from effects company Industrial Lights & Magic, which is the chief visual effects provider for the film. Legendary also released a special VR trailer for director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming horror film “Crimson Peak.”
Legendary and Google plan to give away 50,000 copies of Google Cardboard headsets at Comic-Con. Comic-Con, which sees upwards of 130,000 people, will probably see those Google Cardboard headset go quick. Attendees can download the Legendary VR app themselves and experience “Skies of Azeroth” in full VR starting tonight.
This isn’t the first time Legendary has brought VR to Comic-Con. Last year, Legendary worked with Del Toro to develop a three-minute VR experience that put wearers of an Oculus Rift headset into the helmet of a colossal manned robot. The demo was a promotion for Del Toro’s monster-robot fighting film Pacific Rim. The Pacific Rim experience is also available for download in the new Legendary VR app.
Virtual reality continues to make its presence felt at almost every large event now. VR headsets and experiences, once reserved for trade shows and tech meetups, have been seen at everything from Coachella to Tribeca Film Festival in recent month.
We will continue to follow the latest VR news and projects form Comic-Con all week.
Image Credit: Legendary Pictures