One of the most exciting aspects of virtual reality (VR) at this early stage is that new experiences are popping up all the time, often from places that fans wouldn’t normally expect them to come from. Production company Gentleman Scholar, for example, has today announced and launched a unique new VR experience in Truffle Pig, which mixes 2D animation with VR interaction. Available to download for free on PC via an official website, this debut VR effort from the company is compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A trailer for the experience can be seen below.
Truffle Pig follows a man named Gustav and his pig as they venture out of their home one morning to hunt for truffles in a nearby forest. The experience starts out as an animated movie that then turns into an interactive piece once the pair discover what appears to be a strange crystal, which promptly explodes. Once this has happened, players are put in control of Gustav as they begin to make their way home, operating from a first-person perspective. Gentleman Scholar has created 2 versions of the title, one that leads the player straight through its story and another that encourages exploration.
“We always love the challenge of attempting something we’ve never done before. For us, creating an Oculus experience seemed like a perfect combination of animation and storytelling through new technologies,” Co-Creative Director William Campbell said of the project. “We just jumped in.” A non-VR version of the title is also available for those that don’t own an Oculus Rift.
Developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, Truffle Pig is expected to be the first of many VR projects from Gentleman Scholar. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s work, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.