Forgot about video games for a second. Virtual reality could add a lot of culture to our lives.
Reload Studios has launched a new virtual reality division, and its first project is fascinating. It’s a re-creation of the Wolfson room in the Courtauld Museum in London, which includes impressionist and post-impressionist works from Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Best-selling author Neil Gaiman narrates the experience. This innovations allows you to visit the international collection of fine art from the convenience of your own home — the innovation that virtual reality can bring to everyone that goes beyond gaming.
“Since our founding, we’ve accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge in VR, discovering solutions that can be applied in a lot of non-gaming areas,” James Chung, the cofounder of Reload Studios, noted in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “All we needed was the right project to come along, so we were incredibly thankful to partner with Woofbert to introduce some of the greatest museums on Earth in virtual reality.”
Phillip Moses and Michael Jeong have joined Reload Studios VR team. Moses has worked on feature films like Alice in Wonderland and Sin City. Jeong is a project manager and trade consultant with global business platform KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion agency). Reload Studios is also working World War Toons, a VR first-person shooter and tank combat game.
This kind of project reminds us that the promise of virtual reality extends far beyond games. The technology can take us to places of interest across the globe.