When Blade Runner was released in 1982 it wowed audiences with it’s dystopian depiction of a future where technology is out of control. With the rise of AI and clones moving closer from sci-fi to reality, Blade Runner seems more topical than ever before.
It is fitting then the remake of this techno film-noir masterpiece should be accompanied by one of the other biggest trends of 2016 – virtual reality. At the recent Oculus Connect conference it was announced that a companion VR experience for Blade Runner 2049 was being created.
The original Blade Runner was set in 2019. As we haven’t quite reached interplanetary travel and human clones just yet, it is not surprising that the new film is set 30 years after the original film. The new film will see Harrison Ford reprise his role as the central hero of the film Deckard. Ryan Gosling will be joining the film and it will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, director of the drug thriller Sicario.
At the moment the exact details of the VR experience has not yet been disclosed. What is known is that Blade Runner 2049 VR will be made available on Oculus VR platforms. I
Oculus head of experiences Colum Slevin said of Blade Runner 2049 VR that:
“We look forward to giving audiences a new way to experience this iconic title in an entirely new and reimagined way.”