Comic-Con 2014: Pacific Rim Oculus Rift Experience Puts You Inside a Giant Mecha

Drift with the Rift.

Legendary Pictures, the production company behind Guillermo del Toro’s giant robot versus giant monsters action movie Pacific Rim, has used the Oculus Rift to create Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot, a virtual reality experience that puts you inside one of the movie’s mechas.

The VR experience, which is currently being demoed at Legendary’s San Diego Comic-Con booth (#3920), was developed in Unreal Engine 4 by visual effects company Reel FX. Using original film assets from Industrial Light & Magic, it puts you inside the movie’s Gipsy Danger Jaeger (Pacific Rim’s name for the giant robots) in a battle against a kaiju (giant monster) named Knifehead.

Note that Legendary is careful to use the term “virtual reality experience” as opposed to “game,” as it doesn’t sound like Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot offers much interactivity. It reminds me of the Game of Thrones “Ascend the Wall” VR experience that HBO created in cooperation with Framestore. Created to promote HBO’s show, it similarly offered little interactivity, and instead just allowed you feel like you were inside the world.

Legendary hasn’t said if and when it will make Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot available to the public.

The Pacific Rim Xbox 360 game released alongside the movie received a bad score of 3.5 in GameSpot’s review. Legendary pictures also previously announced that the sequel, Pacific Rim 2, is set to hit theaters on April 7, 2017.

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33 comments
daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I'd like to go rifting with the asian chick in the movie.  mmmmm

hitomo
hitomo

to bad it never become the nge.movie it was supposed to be ... but still the robots are there and the monsters coming from below instead of above ^^

zodywoolsey
zodywoolsey

GLADOS. She was the main selling point for that movie for me!

oflow
oflow

Now combine it with the Kinect and have co-op gameplay where you have to move in unison to control the jaegar.

This looks cool BTW first thing I've seen that made me like the Occulus.

hystavito
hystavito

Is there a difference between "mechA" and "mech"?

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

So do I have to this with another person?  The hunters needed two pilots right?

third_twin
third_twin

I hope we get a full MechWarrior game that takes advantage of the Rift.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

"Drift with the Rift"? Seriously? THAT'S their tagline?

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Everyone is going to hate me for this, but.... Pacific Rim sucked!

It's sad that junk like that makes so much , and yet great works of art like eva, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and Ghost in the Shell are still so unknown.

mdign
mdign

 Jaeger Pilot? 

I thought it was Attack on Titan at first.

adsparky
adsparky

Since I was a kid, and the virtual boy came out, I've been dreaming about this.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Good. The more publicity, the better.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@hystavito Some denote the western media ones as mechs and japanese anime ones as mecha. Others use mecha as plural for mech. And some use them interchangeably.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@stage4saiyan Yeah man cause it rhymes you know. *BWOOOOMPP(Inception sound effect) Rhymes are cool man, they're hip like uhm... like a hippity hip hip! *BWOOOOOMPPP* So cool like a pool in a swimming fool. Yeahhhh! So cool. *BWOOMMMPP*

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@PodXCOM  I wouldn't call those great works of art when anime has much better examples.

bourne714
bourne714

No, I don't hate you. You seem misserable enough on your own.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@PodXCOM How did it suck, exactly? It wasn't trying to be some deep, psychological experience that makes us question our existence like the anime you mentioned. The point was to give the audience cool fights between mechs and monsters and it succeeded in that regard. It's your fault for expecting it to be something it never made itself out to be in the first place.

bourne714
bourne714

I'm tired so im just going to say....never say that again.

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

@DamnILoveGames Naah, I'm gonna have to agree with pod. While I wouldn't go as far to say that it sucked, I will say that it wasn't a very good movie. While the actual Jaeger fight scenes were actually pretty awesome, they maybe made up only 15% of the movie. The rest of it was filled with terrible acting and a pretty predictable plot.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@bourne714 zippity zapatoo zoop zoop. Yo! My chain hangs so low it hits my penor when I C-walkitty woop woop.