Meta Quest 2 gets exclusive VR series ‘Scream Park’ from entertainment studio BlackBox TV • TechCrunch

Premiering on October 8, entertainment studio BlackBox TV will launch an exclusive short-form series for Meta Quest TV and in Meta Horizon Worlds on the Meta Quest 2 headset. The 360° VR experience “Scream Park” brings players users on a virtual reality rollercoaster of horror just in time for the spooky season.

Meta Quest TV is the VR home for the Meta Quest and Meta Quest 2 VR headsets. Users need a Meta Quest 2 headset to view “Scream Park.” In August, Meta increased the price of the Quest 2 from $299.99 to $399.99 due to high production costs.

Each episode will be seven minutes long and includes “active ride scenes,” involving flashing lights, stepping into a creepy clown’s mouth, as well as twists and turns that certainly made us a little queasy. A warning before each episode indicates that it is not suitable for photosensitive viewers.

At launch, the first four episodes will be released. The remaining four episodes will be released throughout the fall.

Unlike the new slate of games coming in Quest 2, such as “Ghostbusters,” “Among Us,” and “Red Matter 2,” BlackBox TV’s eight-episode series is designed to provide users with high-end VR entertainment. Non-interactive 360° combining live content. action in a CGI world.

“The team is using virtual reality gaming technology to build a dark, complex but relatable story in the cinematic space,” producer Tru Collins said in a statement. “The eye is a physical extension of the central nervous system, so when 360° VR visuals find the emotional connection to the story, they hit the guts in a way that 2D entertainment simply can’t.”

The company stated that the video is “new to Meta” and “as far as we know, is one of the first of its kind to fuse live action in a CGI world (most content does the opposite) and a story/journey. immersive that is outside of the gaming universe, and feels more real than a 2D series,” BlackBox TV told TechCrunch.

“With ‘Scream Park,’ we’re not looking to replicate reality in VR; we’re creating an experience you can’t find anywhere else,” said creator and director Tony E. Valenzuela.

While there are roller coaster games for Meta Quest devices, “Scream Park” is a narrative video with characters acting as if they are speaking directly to the viewer.

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The Meta Quest 2 exclusive series also stars a familiar face from Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things.” Grace Van Dien, who played Chrissy the possessed cheerleader in “Stranger Things,” will play Kelly Q in “Scream Park,” who is trapped and needs to be rescued before the sun rises. The other live-action character in the series is “American Horror Story” star Zach Villa as Will.

Monique Coleman, who starred in Disney’s “High School Musical,” will voice CGI characters as the Robot. Singer and online personality Steve Zaragoza will voice the antagonist, Toby Terrific.

“Scream Park” is a follow-up to BlackBox TV’s “Enter Scream Park,” which premiered on their YouTube channel in 2021 and currently has over 680,660 views. The channel has 1.1 million subscribers. BlackBox TV claimed that due to the success of the video, the sci-fi horror studio decided to create an entire series for the world of “Scream Park.”

“We are thrilled to continue our journey to ‘Scream Park’ with our new series and are grateful for Meta’s continued support,” added Valenzuela.

BlackBox TV specializes in VR/360° experiences and was founded by filmmaker Valenzuela. The studio has released several other series for Meta Quest, such as “Before Scream Park”, “Enter Scream Park”, “Alan Wake in VR”, “The Monster Challenge”, “Freddy Krueger”, “Lights Out”, “Pennywise” . the dancing clown” and more.

The announcement of the 360° VR series comes ahead of Meta’s annual conference, Meta Connect, which will take place next Tuesday, October 11. The conference will include announcements of “major Horizon updates and avatar graphics,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Instagram. caption as a response to his avatar’s sad selfie.

Horizon Worlds has experienced so many performance issues that not even Meta employees will use it, The Verge recently reported.

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