For decades, the Dungeons & Dragons franchise has been a huge best-seller amongst the tabletop gaming community, and became the basis for the quintessential fantasy video game, TV and movie experience. Now, AltspaceVR is ready to bring it into a whole new dimension virtual reality.
TechCrunch reports that AltSpaceVR, a social company that specializes in VR experiences, has teamed up with publisher Wizards of the Coast on a new game, custom-made for VR. The game, which is available now, includes everything you might expect from a virtual tabletop experience. It provides a strong social angle for players with a special room where participants can watch, chat, gesture and see reactions from players as each battle commences.
Even though Dungeons & Dragons is based around tabletop play, and not a first-person adventure, it does seem like a suitable fit for virtual reality, as players can simply walk up and take part in a game, just as they would in real life.
This is just the latest step by AltStateVR to move forward in VR development, as the company raised $10.3 million earlier this year to increase its chat room and communication platform support. That brings its overall funding to $15.7 million thus far, and the Dungeons & Dragons brand name could certainly drive it to greater success.
“AltSpaceVR bridges the gap between Dungeons & Dragons video games and physically sitting around a table with friends,” Nathan Steward, brand director for the Dungeons project, said in a statement. “You get the same sense of excitement and drama in the AltSpaceVR tavern, from laughing at your buddy’s funny goblin voice to watching the d20 (dice) bounce and finally land on the natural 20 you needed to hit the beholder terrorizing your party.”
Those interested in the experience, and masters of rolling the virtual dice, can sign up at AltSpaceVR’s page.
The introduction of Dungeons & Dragons to the virtual space could be AltSpaceVR’s first step into its business plan in which its fundraising was based upon, involving selling admission to virtual gatherings. While the company hasn’t elaborated on future plans yet, top goals could involve celebrities and world leaders. Should AltSpaceVR or a similar company decide to launch a free ad-supported version of these virtual hubs, the walls or entire rooms could be made to taste.
Projects like AltSpaceVR’s social hub take advantage of how virtual reality can bring people from far-off places around the world to a single interactive location where they can play and socialize. Other ambitious hubs include Landmark Entertainment’s recently revealed plans for a virtual world’s fair, complete with 3D interactive exhibits. Various projects also see recreations of scenarios from popular films, including the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (which releases in theaters this Friday) and the horror film Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. These, amongst other VR-related projects (like Marriott’s VR experiment) help create the “being there” sort of feel, while keeping users in their current space.
For now, though, this looks to be good news for gamers that want to get together with friends for a little gaming action.