Warner Digital Series and DC Entertainment have partnered with visual-effects company Otoy to develop an immersive entertainment experience that will allow users to explore the Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series through interactive holographic video for virtual-reality displays.
In short, that means fans will be able use devices like Oculus Rift, the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays to step into the world of the beloved and influential 1990s cartoon.
Using Ottoy’s OctaneRender and light field technology, Warner Digital Series Otoy collaborated with producer Bruce Timm to faithfully recreate the look and feel of the animated series, adapting the original 1992 designs into a fully realized 3D universe. It’s the first commercial use of Otoy’s rendering and holographic streaming technology.
“We are continuously exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories and share experiences with audiences around the globe, and we’re excited to be working with Otoy on this cutting-edge adaptation from Batman: The Animated Series,” Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, said in a statement. “More to the point: It’s super-cool, eye-popping stuff, and fans are going to love it. We can’t wait for them to have the chance to see the Batcave from the show again — for the very first time.”
Work on the Batman: The Animated Series project is under way, with the first release planned for this winter on the ORBX viewer app.
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