HTC Vive headset to stage a John Wick-themed virtual reality game
HTC Corp.’s Vive headset will be the first device to feature a firstperson shooter game in virtual reality (VR) based on entertainment company Lionsgate’s box office hit “John Wick.”
Lionsgate announced Aug. 7 that it was partnering with leading game developer and publisher Starbreeze to distribute the game across multiple VR platforms.
WEVR, the VR studio and dis- tributor responsible for “The Blu: Encounter,” which showcased the HTC Vive VR platform earlier this year, will “transport players with the creation of a fully immersive VR experience that will introduce the game,” Lionsgate said in a statement.
“John Wick” was a global box office hit last year, and Lionsgate is currently developing “John Wick 2” for release next September. The film stars Keanu Reeves as an ex- hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.
Lionsgate said that starting “soon,” fans can experience an initial version of the game at select events and stops on the HTC Vive World Tour, an HTC road show to promote the company’s VR technology that is making its way through the United States, Europe and China.
A teaser game will be available at the launch of HTC Vive, with the launch timing to be unveiled later this year, Lionsgate said. The full game is expected to be available on most existing VR headsets in spring 2016.
Virtual reality headsets enable users to enjoy experiences outside of actual reality. Its major application in the initial development stage is to enrich the user experience when participating in video games.
The HTC Vive was first made available to developers earlier this year as the Taiwanese company is pursuing other avenues to expand its presence in the field and diversify away from its core smartphone business.
The HTC Vive Developer Edition includes two single-handed wireless controllers, two base stations and the headset, allowing wearers to inspect objects from every angle and interact with their surroundings.