6:15am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Jon Favreau's VR Experience 'Gnomes & Goblins' Sets Release Date
Jon Favreau's Gnomes & Goblins virtual reality experience will be released Sept. 23 for PCVR on Steam, Oculus and Viveport.
The followup to Favreau's 2016 Gnomes & Goblins preview, this multi-hour fantasy adventure set in an enchanted forest was made in collaboration with VR director Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Wevr's VR experience theBlu). It was produced by immersive entertainment studio Wevr in partnership with MWM and Favreau's Golem Creations.
“I’m incredibly happy to see how Wevr has brought my original vision to life in virtual reality," said Favreau, whose The Mandalorian is currently nominated for 15 Emmys. "From the earliest days of rough sketches and abstract concepts, Wevr’s entire team committed to fostering the kind of emotional connections that I believe will allow Gnomes & Goblins to occupy a special place in the hearts of players around the world. We worked hard to create the mood and feeling that Gnomes & Goblins is like a virtual theme-park ride, where magic and meaning are waiting around every corner.”
Saying that he knew from Favreau's concept art that "we'd found a wonderful storyline populated with engaging characters," Rowell noted, “this project takes all the creative strides we made in developing theBlu and elevates the experience with unique AI-driven characters inhabiting an interactive world which invites players to create a connection with the forest and especially its adorable guide, Buddy the Goblin.”
Gnomes & Goblins is a selection in the Venice International Film Festival’s online-only Venice VR Expanded event, which runs from Sept. 2-12. Registered attendees may experience a 20-minute preview.