The consumer launch of Oculus Rift is still many months away (planned for Q1 next year), but every now and then, the company reveals its plans and it gets even the most jaded followers stoked again. This time around, Oculus is going the moviemaking way. The Facebook-acquired outfit has partnered with Felix & Paul Studios for a host of VR experiences that will be available both on the Rift and Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6. According to Jason Rubin, Head of Studios at Oculus, the company is “incredibly excited by the artistry and entertainment made possible by the rapidly expanding world of 3D 360 VR moviemaking.”
The collaboration, which has been described as the “largest live-action VR deal to date”, reinforces the idea of VR as a legit art form, but it isn’t a complete surprise. Felix & Paul Studios, led by directors Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, is a celebrated VR production house that has already been creating elaborate and effective cinematic experiences likeJurassic World and Wild for Gear VR. It was only a matter of time before their prowess as VR filmmakers extended to the Rift.