2016’s Gnomes & Goblins preview offered a teasing taste of an idea being dreamt up by virtual reality (VR) studio Wevr and filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Lion King, The Mandalorian). Now, four years later, the project is almost ready for launch, with a September date confirmed.
A big collaborative effort between Wevr, Favreau, MWM and Goblin Creations, Gnomes & Goblins promises a big, dream-like, fantasy adventure. Set in an enchanted forest you’ll be able to meet its inhabitants, making friends with the goblins, becoming part of their society.
A narrative-driven experience, you’ll be able to explore the fantastical world, collect and craft items, and play mini-games all the while developing a relationship with the little green characters.
“I’m incredibly happy to see how Wevr has brought my original vision to life in virtual reality,” said Favreau in a statement. “From the earliest days of rough sketches and abstract concepts, Wevr’s entire team committed to fostering the kind of emotional connections that I believe will allow Gnomes & Goblins to occupy a special place in the hearts of players around the world. We worked hard to create the mood and feeling that Gnomes & Goblins is like a virtual theme-park ride, where magic and meaning are waiting around every corner.”
“When Jon first approached us with his early concept and sketches, I immediately knew we’d found a wonderful storyline populated with engaging characters to help us explore the VR medium.This project takes all the creative strides we made in developing theBlu and elevates the experience with unique AI-driven characters inhabiting an interactive world which invites players to create a connection with the forest and especially its adorable guide, Buddy the Goblin,” adds Gnomes & Goblins Director and Executive Producer Jake Rowell.
Gnomes & Goblins has a release date of 23rd September, arriving on Steam, Oculus and Viveport platforms for PC VR headsets. Recommended specs have also been unveiled, revealing a decent PC is needed to run the experience.
- Processor: i7-9700K or equivalent
- Memory: 32GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 2080 or equivalent
- Storage: 35 GB available space
If you want to get an early look a 20-minute portion of Gnomes & Goblins is available during Venice VR Expanded which has begun this week. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.
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