The World’s First Simultaneous Film/VR Release Is Happening Today

by Joe Durbin • August 26th, 2016

The Fast And The Furious series is currently working on its eighth movie. In all this time, many, many characters have appeared in the Fast franchise, but at its core the series rests on one man’s massive shoulders. I’m talking about a man whose action movie talents are unparalleled, whose gravelly voice could soothe a savage giant, and whose star shines just a bit brighter than that of his co-stars. No, not that weirdo who’ obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons, I’m talking about Johnny Strong.

Strong, the true hero of the Fast and The Furious universe, also notably appeared in Black Hawk Down. His status as a living Hollywood legend will be fully cemented when his new film, Daylight’s End, opens in select theaters today, August 26th. Daylight’s End is notable for being the first film in history to launch simultaneously alongside a virtual experience taking place within the same film universe.

According to its official synopsis, Daylight’s End “focuses on a rogue drifter who’s on a vengeful hunt, years after a devastating plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures.”

The film also stars Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Alien) and Louis Mandaylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and was shot on location in Dallas, Texas.

The Daylight’s End VR Experience will allow players to step into the shoes of Strong’s character (as if any of us could ever hope to fill them) for a prequel vignette that will bring you face to face with characters from the film. There will be a litany of firearms and other weapons for you to deploy as you progress through the tie-in experience. 

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The experience was created by Groove Jones — a small VR studio that has, until now, typically focused on the production of 360 commercials and other 360 content. Daylight’s End VR Edition launched today and is available to download, for free, now on Steam with official HTC Vive support.

This may be the closest many of us will ever get to gracing the presence of the incomparable Johnny Strong, how can you pass an opportunity to inhabit the body of someone with that name? #StrongSociety

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