Experimental expertise has turn out to be part of the advertising and marketing marketing campaign for the ultimate season of A Recreation of Thrones. I checked out the Magic Leap One augmented actuality and HTC Vive Focus digital actuality installations for A Recreation of Thrones on the AT&T retailer on Powell Avenue in San Francisco.
I attempted out Magic Leap’s expertise, Recreation of Thrones: The Useless Should Die, first. It was upstairs in an space that was like museum for A Recreation of Thrones, full with outfits from the present on show in glass instances. The Useless Should Die is a blended actuality expertise, combining actual world props and AR. The bodily area was arrange like a scene out of King’s Touchdown.
An attendant helped me placed on the Magic Leap One Creator Version glasses, which include a computing puck that you just sling over your shoulder and glasses that allow you to see animated overlays on the actual world. Earlier than me, on the ground (as you may see within the image), was one of many White Walkers, an undead creature that was sawed in half. However its animatronic arm was nonetheless shifting.
Then, one other one of many digital Walkers began busting out of a field. I needed to choose up a flaming torch and lightweight the creatures on hearth. I did so, and so they promptly burned again to loss of life. Then an ice wall on different aspect of the room began to crack. I needed to bodily stroll as much as the wall. After I did so, a Dragon Glass knife appeared. I grabbed it, after which a Walker busted by the icy portal within the wall. I stabbed the Walker, after which the expertise ended. It was a reasonably fast, accessible, and immersive expertise.
The Useless Should Die expertise is accessible at AT&T places in San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago. It’s going to arrive in Los Angeles and Dallas later within the month, and it’ll final till June 10.
After that, I went downstairs, the place they have been nonetheless engaged on organising the HTC Vive Focus expertise with A Recreation of Thrones VR expertise. It took some time to get it up and working. However I waited.
I placed on the HTC Vive Focus, which is a standalone VR headset. I used to be standing on a blended actuality platform with lots of plastic ice round it. And after I went into the VR expertise, I used to be on the gate on the backside of The Wall. A Ranger from the Night time’s Watch was there within the icy hall. He advised me that I wanted a sword, and he gave me his. Then he picked up his bow and opened the gate.
In VR, snow blew in by the open passage. And in actual life, I used to be hit with a blast of chilly air. It was a reasonably cool impact. Then he started strolling forward. I adopted him, although I didn’t must bodily transfer or management the sport in any respect. It was an expertise on rails. The blizzard round us grew thicker, and I may solely see his footprints within the snow. Then he screamed, and I began shifting quicker.
Then I received to a bloody spot within the snow. And an enormous creature — I feel it was a giant Direwolf — attacked me. It was like an contaminated Direwolf, or an undead creature. The ranger shot a fiery arrow on the creature’s head, and it erupted into flame. I took my sword, hit the top, after which my sword was flaming. The creature jumped and attacked me, and when it landed on the bottom, the movement platform I used to be standing on moved. I saved swinging on the wolf many times.
Lastly, it died. Then I adopted the blood path to my companion, who was mendacity in opposition to a rock within the snow. Then he received up in a zombie-like means, and it was clear that he had turn out to be a White Walker. He approached me and attacked, and I swung my sword at him.
Then, the entire White Walkers within the mist got here ahead, attacking me from a couple of sides. I swung my sword at them again and again, taking them down with a few swings. Ultimately, they overwhelmed me and killed me. And that was it.
It was a reasonably intense expertise, principally as a result of that chilly wind was blowing the entire time.
The shop additionally had lots of memorabilia and genuine costumes from A Recreation of Thrones. It’s also possible to purchase a bunch of merchandise from the present and its varied homes like Home Stark or Home Lannister. I took a ballot and it requested me who can be topped ruler of Westeros, and I voted for Khaleesi, or Daenerys Targaryen, performed by Emilia Clarke. It confirmed that most individuals thought she can be topped. I additionally thought I may very well be a great pretender to the throne as effectively.
The Magic Leap One headsets are on sale for $2,295. Season 7 kicks off on HBO on April 14. HBO additionally has constructed A Recreation of Thrones on-line leisure hub, the place you may get episode recaps, quizzes, in-depth character profiles, downloadable wallpapers and behind-the-scenes content material, this on-line vacation spot is constructed by superfans, for superfans.
You can say they’re going all out.