Several months ago Immersive VR Education – the team behind award-winning experience Apollo 11 – announced it would be launching another Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its next virtual reality (VR) project, Titanic VR. One of the most iconic ships that ever existed, RMS Titanic, known around the world for its ill fated maiden voyage in 1912 across the Atlantic, will be recreated by the studio, and today the Kickstarter has begun to make it a reality.
For the VR experience Immersive VR Education isn’t just building a virtual version of the ship to wander around, its creating a whole storyline to involve players. “Diving to the bottom of the North Atlantic, the player takes on the role of Dr. Ethan Lynch, associate professor of Maritime Archaeology at the fictional University of Nova Scotia. With funding from a mysterious investor, Dr. Lynch and his PhD Candidate Jean Robinson have set out aboard a research vessel to dive the wreck and answer questions that have remained submerged for a century. Complete bonus missions, upgrade your ROV, and learn all there is to know about this infamous wreck,” the official description explains.
The campaign aims to raise €50,000 EUR by 2nd March, with a range of funding tiers available. These start from €5, but to gain a copy of the experience you’ll need to pledge €20 or more. As with most Kickstarter projects the more you pledge the more you get, with higher tiers allowing greater involvement in the title. For example backers will have the opportunity to name an in game plaque (€105 tier), or how about having a portrait of yourself in a classic pose (€500 tier).
Titanic VR will be launched in sections with the first being exploratory. Players will be able to take control of their own manned submersible and ROV, exploring the wreck, completing various scientific missions and recovery tasks around the dive site. The second part will be the full immersive experience with an historically accurate recreation of the events, based on eye-witness testimony and substantial research.
If you fancy getting an early look at Titanic VR the studio’s created a teaser demo – downloadable from the Kickstarter page – that supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and standard PC monitors. For the final version of Titanic VR Immersive VR Education plans to add support for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.