If you are a fan of both horror movies and virtual reality games, then you will want to read the following information about the new “Belko VR – The Escape Room Experience”: It’s free to play on Steam.
In celebration of the upcoming and highly anticipated release of Orion Pictures’ “The Belko Experiment,” opening nationwide on Friday March 17, filmmakers David Yarovesky and Dan Clifton are giving fans the opportunity to immerse themselves inside the Belko storyline through the magic of virtual reality and the Steam platform.
Called, “Belko VR – The Escape Room Experience,” the horror game is available to players using HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.
The primary question the game asks you is, “What does it take to survive at work?”
Through quick puzzle solving skills and a bit of critical thinking, players must find a way out before their brains literally explode.
“We felt that we had a unique opportunity to do something a little crazy by taking the core idea of being trapped in the Belko Industries building and distilling that down to a Roomscale experience,” states Dan Clifton, who co-produced the film and also developed the game.
“Players will become a Belko employee and be immersed into a fight for survival. It’s fun, at times threatening and scary and fully interactive.”
Clifton adds, “Because I was there for the shoot in Bogota, Colombia and worked extensively with director Greg McLean and the cast and crew, it felt very natural for us to extend the experience and story into a VR game. The film leaves you with the question, ‘What would I do?’ and we knew we could have some fun building that into a VR experience.”
Yarovesky is the co-creator of the game and post production consultant for the movie. He says the idea of bringing this game to fans was exciting.
“Having been an extremely early adopter of Vive, I was thrilled that Orion Pictures and BH Tilt were bold enough to allow Dan and I to run with this idea. Other films have done 360 Video experiences, but this is a truly interactive standalone playable game set in the extreme Belko universe.”
“We were tired of VR experiences that felt like tech demos,” he adds. “We wanted to make something that was fun and engaging and set a new bar for how VR and film can work together.”
Writer of “The Belko Experiment,” James Gunn said the filmmakers have really captured the essence of his story through their game.
“The Belko VR – Escape Room Experience is scary as hell with lots of insane puzzles and moral choices,” said Gunn. “As an active gamer, I’m so excited about where VR is going, and this is a step in the right direction. David Yarovesky and Dan Clifton did an amazing job capturing the film’s unique tone and the game is just as twisted and fun as the movie.”
President of Marketing, John Hegeman, of BH Tilt noted, “The Belko VR – The Escape Room Experience is complete insanity and to have the game available for free is an incredible treat.”
To bring their vision to life, Clifton and Yarovesky partnered with developers Paper Crane Games out of Los Angeles, CA, who recently developed the Call of Duty Jackal Assault VR Experience for Playstation VR.
Clifton and Yarovesky previously collaborated on The Exorcist 360 Experience for 20th Century Fox Television in the fall of 2016.
To access “Belko VR – The Escape Room Experience” for free click HERE.
Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, “The Belko Experiment” is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy,Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom,” 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) and Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), John C. McGinley (“Stan Against Evil,” “Scrubs”), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Director of Photography is Luis Sansans, A.M.C. (“Narcos”). Production designer is Carlos Osorio (“Homeland,” “24”). Costume designer is Camila Olarte Suárez (The Wind Journeys).