Filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Mandalorian) and VR Director Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Superman Returns, theBlu) have teamed up to create an immersive fantasy VR experience titled Gnomes & Goblins. The first trailer for this project has dropped and it looks like a charming, fun, and magical experience.
Gnomes & Goblins is being developed by Wevr and it was first previewed back in 2016, so it’s been in development for a long time! Favreau and Rowell invite you “to embark on this dream-like journey to explore an enchanted forest world where interactions with the titular characters help shape the story’s evolution. This hybrid form of world-building combines agency with narrative elements, creating feelings of curiosity and wonder, companionship and belonging within a world where magic lurks in every nook and cranny.”
When talking about the project, Favreau said, “I’m incredibly happy to see how Wevr has brought my original vision to life in virtual reality. 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.”
Rowell went on to add, “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.”
Wevr Cofounder and CEO Neville Spiteri went on to say, “We hope that the love and care put into this product will resonate, and enable us to continue on the journey and move the immersive medium forward for all.”
Gnomes & Goblins is set to release the experience or PCVR on Steam, Oculus and Viveport on September 23rd. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!