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Twitch Streamers & Cosplayers Team Up For Mixed Reality Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

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Tabletop gaming meets next-gen technology in this live action RPG series.

A handful of popular Twitch streamers, well-known cosplay artists, and producers are teaming up on a brand new Dungeons & Dragons campaign which will be broadcasted in real-time across Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live. Unlike the dozens of other D&D-based live streams littering the web, however, this one-of-a-kind RPG series will incorporate real-time visual effects powered by mixed reality and projection mapping technology.

Starring well-known internet personalities ZombiUnicorn, TheSushiDragon, Darth Lexii, and Alex Drastal, InstaQuest follows an eclectic group of hardened warriors on a dangerous quest through a war-torn land.

Season 1 Campaign: A regal Barbarian, an explosive Artificer, a Druid with a wild side, and a Ranger with a love for all that’s cuddly and cute have joined the Adventurer’s Guild in pursuit of fortune and glory. However, with each new quest they take on, they descend deeper into the political frenzy of a world at war over dwindling energy resources. Competing imperial regimes vie for the allegiance of the ragtag adventurers. It is up to the players to decide who to trust and which path to take. The consequences of each action last throughout the entire campaign, and will ultimately decide the fate of heaven and earth.

Using a series of in-game visual elements brought to life via a massive screen incorporating 600 square feet of projection mapping with over 24 Million individual pixels, Game Master Joseph “Jobo” Bohan is able to activate certain enemies, digital assets, and spells based on the choices of each player and the particular scenarios they find themselves in. Based on the video provided, it appears as though Jobo will trigger these elements via a tablet device. Each of the visuals presented were created using the Unreal Game Engine, resulting in high-quality animations, textures, and lighting.

“Tabletop RPG storytelling balances exploring an open-world sandbox with keeping players ‘on the rails’ to meet the GM’s plot–hopefully without players knowing they are being steered in a certain direction,” stated Notes producer Jay Stone. “We endeavor to follow this philosophy using Jobo’s experience as a GM by preparing game elements to be triggered based on the choices the adventurers make. This means we are creating scenarios with certain enemies, digital assets, and spells that may never make it to the screen during the show.”

At the end of the day, however, Dungeons & Dragons is all about the player and their decisions. While InstaQuest’s mixed reality technology provides captivating visual content for viewers, it’s ultimately serves to enhance the story.

“As proud as we are of all the technical wizardry that’s gone into InstaQuest, the show is ultimately all about the players and the story they co-create,” added producer Parker Howell. “We’ve got a team of rising superstars, self-created artists who’s characters reflect their real life archetypes. The light, the dark, the sublime, the chaotic–the only way for them to move forward is to realize the alchemy of their fellowship.” 

Season 1 of InstaQuest kicks-off Saturday, July 25 at 1PM PST via Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live.

Image Credit: InstaQuest

Source: https://vrscout.com/news/instaquest-mixed-reality-dungeons-and-dragons/

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The VR Job Hub: Gearbox Software, Framestore & Condense Reality

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Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Location Company Role Link
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Environment Concept Artist Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Level Artist Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Marketing Artist, Publishing Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Senior Animator Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Senior Technical Artist Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Senior VFX Artist Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Technical Animator Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Audio Designer Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Enemy Design Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Level Designer Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Senior Game Designer Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software UX Designer Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Devops Engineer (Systems Engineer) Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Online Programmer Click Here to Apply
Frisco, Texas Gearbox Software Tools Programmer Click Here to Apply
London, UK Framestore UE4 Developer – Realtime Click Here to Apply
Bristol, UK Condense Reality CUDA Engineer Click Here to Apply
Bristol, UK Condense Reality Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer Click Here to Apply
Bristol, UK Condense Reality Computer Vision and Image Processing Engineer Click Here to Apply
Bristol, UK Condense Reality Game Engine Integration Engineer Click Here to Apply
Bristol, UK Condense Reality Backend Engineer Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham (pgraham@vrfocus.com).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/the-vr-job-hub-gearbox-software-framestore-condense-reality/

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Get Moving With the new KAT Loco S Locomotion System

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Initially, locomotion specialist KAT VR concentrated on the enterprise and location-based entertainment (LBE) market with large omni-directional treadmills. Then last year the company turned its eye towards the consumer market with its wearable system KAT Loco. Today, a new and improved second-generation kit has been revealed, the KAT Loco S.

KAT Loco S takes the same methodology as its forebear, three small lightweight pucks which attach to a players ankles and waist, tracking their on-the-spot physical movement and converting into virtual locomotion. This new system features second-gen motion sensors and decoupling technology as well as new magnetic-interference resistance and a simplified setup and calibration.

Only weighting in at 35g/1.23oz each, the pucks feature Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity, a signal range of three meters and a 370mAh battery which KAT VR claims is good for seven hours of continual use and 50 days on standby. Compatible with its KAT Gateway software to setup and adjust various parameters, the system works with most headsets including Oculus Rift/Rift S, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR – the latter requires an additional “PiSystem” adapter.

When it comes to software compatibility KAT VR lists a wide variety of titles, from Half-Life: Alyx and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners to Boneworks and No Man’s Sky. Most big-name VR games seem to be supported.

KAT Loco S isn’t available just yet, launching a short pre-order window today before shipments begin in December. Early adopters will get a 20% discount until 27th Nov, dropping the price from $229 USD down to $183 for the basic PC VR compatible kit (the PlayStation VR version is discounted to $302). After that date, a smaller 15% discount will still be available until 31st December 2020.

This isn’t the only consumer system KAT VR has for those looking for immersive locomotion options. During the summer the company successfully completed a $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign for KAT Walk C, a compact omni-directional treadmill with shipments beginning last month.

KAT VR isn’t the only one working in this field, this week Cybershoes launched a Kickstarter for an Oculus Quest compatible model, already hitting its funding goal. As further announcements are made, VRFocus will keep you updated.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/get-moving-with-the-new-kat-loco-s-locomotion-system/

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Ernest Cline to Hold Ready Player Two Q&A in Bigscreen Next Month

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Next week sees the release of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two sequel, continuing the story that captured imaginations in 2011, whilst spawning a Steven Spielberg movie adaption. The author is conducting a virtual book tour and as part of it, Bigscreen will be hosting a live Q&A session for fans.

Bigscreen founder and CEO Darshan Shankar will be conducting the session, for anyone around the world to attend for free. All you need is the Bigscreen app of course.

“Bigscreen is by far my favourite VR application and it’s also the one I’ve used the most this past year. I get together with my friends inside Bigscreen at least once a week to hang out, watch movies, and play games together, even though we’re scattered across the country,” said Cline in a statement. “I’m so grateful to Darshan and his team for turning something from my imagination into a reality, and for doing it decades before I thought it would be possible. And I’m honoured that they’ve invited me to appear on their platform to discuss Ready Player Two.”

Ready Play Two will be taking readers back to the Oasis for another action-packed adventure in the virtual reality (VR) universe. “Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find it, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous – and addictive – than even Wade dreamed possible,” the synopsis explains. “With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest: a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.”

“In 2011–before virtual reality headsets really existed–Ready Player One inspired us of what was possible with VR. People are now usingBigscreenas a classroom for virtual education, as a virtual movie theatre, and even as a virtual date night for people in long-distance relationships: things Ernie Cline predicted a decade ago! I can’t wait to read Ready Player Two and get a glimpse of the future,” adds Shankar.

Ready Player Two will be published on 24th November with Cline’s Q&A session in Bigscreen taking place on 5th December, 5 pm PT (6th Dec, 1 am GMT).

Bigscreen recently launched a green screen update enabling its avatars to be used in more settings such as Zoom or Twitch. As further updates are announced, VRFocus will let you know.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/ernest-cline-to-hold-ready-player-two-qa-in-bigscreen-next-month/

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Buy Oculus Quest 2 and Get Asgard’s Wrath for Free

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It’s been just over a month since Facebook launched Oculus Quest 2 managing to surpass its sales expectations. Today, sees the arrival of the headset’s first offer, where new purchases are applicable for a free copy of Oculus Rift exclusive Asgard’s Wrath.

The deal is in celebration of Oculus Link’s first anniversary, with the feature now out of beta as of this week. Running from today until 31st January 2021, anyone buying Oculus Quest 2 within this time frame – no deal for early adopters – will be eligible to redeem the offer. This saves you £29.99 GBP on the price of this epic VR adventure. 

As a PC VR title, you’ll obviously need a decent computer to run Asgard’s Wrath as well as a compatible USB-C cable. Claiming sounds fairly easy, with Oculus explaining: “Just make sure you have the Oculus PC App installed, use any Link-compatible cable (whether Oculus or third-party) to connect a newly activated Quest 2, and then check your Rift library to download the title at no cost.”

Asgard’s Wrath is a massive 40+ hour single-player campaign based on Norse mythology. You take the role of a fledgeling god who is set several challenges by the mischievous Loki. To become God of Animals you have to help preordained Heroes of the Realms (humans) fulfil their destinies by inhabiting their bodies. You’ll then be able to fight as a mere mortal as well as a god, switching between the two to solve environmental puzzles.

Most of the combat is heavily geared towards close-range melee fighting, whether you prefer a duel-wielding setup or a more defensive sword and shield combo. As a god, you can also transform animals into warrior companions, each with their own special abilities to aid you in those tough battles.

If you’re utilising Oculus Link to play Rift titles then its always worth picking up some other Oculus PC exclusives including Lone Echo and Stormland. And don’t forget Respawn Entertainment’s Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is due in December.

With Oculus Link out of beta, you can now toggle between 72Hz, 80Hz, and 90Hz – depending on PC specs – to make the gameplay even smoother. As further deals and updates are rolled out, VRFocus will let you know.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/buy-oculus-quest-2-and-get-asgards-wrath-for-free/

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