Earlier this year we wrote about a pretty amazing story-driven VR experience named Ctrl, hoping you’d be able to see it soon. Next week you’ll finally get your chance.
Breaking Fourth, the studio behind the experience that Valve’s Chet Faliszek called his “favorite gear vr piece ever”, has confirmed to Upload that it will be bringing it to Samsung’s headset next week on Thursday, September 8th. It will be available for $3.99. Following that launch, Breaking Fourth also plans to bring the experience to the Google Daydream platform later in the year, though it’s hard to know when that will arrive considering Daydream itself isn’t even available yet.
We know most video content on Gear VR is free but, trust us, you should definitely consider dropping a few dollars on this if you want to see something a bit more challenging. This is one of those experiences you don’t want to spoil, but you can read our preview if you want to find out a little more. It stars a young boy named Liam that’s trying to use an e-sports competition to get out of a deeply troubling situation. We don’t want to get too hyperbolic but you haven’t seen anything quite like Ctrl in VR just yet.
The film’s release comes after a brief stint of shows in London in which Breaking Fourth showed it in hourly slots where audience members would come in, put on a headset and watch in sync with each other. Over the course of around 20 minutes some live action elements were mixed in to put things a little closer to home. It was a unique experiment for the VR industry, though when we spoke to the team about the two week long event they certainly seemed satisfied with how it had played out.
Going forward Ctrl has new films planned, some of which it’s promised will be as equally as thought provoking as its debut work, while others might be a little more lighthearted. Whatever they’re making, though, this is one studio you definitely want to look out for going forward.