The Paranormal Activity movie series has been a popular franchise since its initial release back in 2007. Then last year VRWERX a division of Beast Media Group that’s dedicated to virtual reality (VR) experiences announced it was developing an immersive project called Paranormal Activity VR. Being developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR head-mounted display’s (HMDs), the experience has now been renamed with a new moniker, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul.
While based on the story behind the movies Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul isn’t a reproduction of any one film, giving its own take on the horror franchise. With around 10-hours of gameplay Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul will offer one of the longest horror experiences in VR.
The videogame is due to launch this summer for HTC Vive initially, then Oculus Rift and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) PlayStation VR a little later, although its not been announced if it’ll be a launch title yet.
The most recent instalment of the film series was Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, released in October 2015. To coincide with the release, VRWERX released a demo in AMC Theatres across the US in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Boston and San Francisco.
Horror has been a particularly good fit for the immersive qualities of VR, and every HMD has an experience or videogame looking to scare gamers. Some projects go for the shock scares like Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, with creatures suddenly appearing out of the dark, while others go for a more psychological angle. Successful experiences so far include Sisters on Gear VR, Edge of Nowhere on Oculus Rift and HordeZ on HTC Vive to name just a few.
As we get closer to launch VRFocus will continue its coverage of Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, reporting back with the latest updates.