Some matches are made in heaven, others not so much. You be the judge of SpectreVision, the horror film company put together by Elijah Wood and friends, and Ubisoft announcing a partnership to “create, develop and produce interactive virtual reality content.” The news comes out of the on-going Sundance Film Festival, where it was announced by SpectreVision CEO Lisa Whalen.
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Whalen continued, adding that “The diversity of Ubisoft’s portfolio of titles makes for an ideal partnership with SpectreVision’s varied creative vision. We can tell an infinite number of unique stories in a bold and original new format.”
Elijah Wood also made a statement, saying that “As a longtime gamer, I’m first and foremost a fan and admirer of Ubisoft. So to be collaborating with them within the realm of VR is an incredible treat!”
Interestingly, the only place where specifically interactive entertainment was mentioned is that first line. They’re definitely working within VR, but I’ve an inkling that the end product might not be what we would traditionally call a game. Anyone who has read what I think of VR before knows that I’m a much bigger believer in its applications outside of that anyway, so whatever likely-terrifying thing they come up with should be interesting.
Of Ubisoft’s legion of studios, Ubisoft Montreal’s Fun House division is the one tasked with partnership on whatever projects the two companies get up to together. They’re the folks behind Child of Light and last year were specifically given the job ofbringing new ideas to the publisher’s attention. One of their other works is Eagle Flight, the be-a-bird VR project pictured above.
Meanwhile, SpectreVision have been making movies for five years, all horror or thriller titles in a variety of co-genres from comedy to vampire fiction. They also recently expanded into music production.