Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST by Steven Cohen
The new show will feature a mixture of standard and virtual reality episodes.
NBCUniversal has announced plans to develop a SyFy series for TV, streaming and VR exhibition. Titled 'Halcyon,' the show is a short-form scripted science fiction police procedural.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Halcyon' takes place in 2058 in a future society where virtual reality is now commonplace. When an actual murder occurs in virtual reality, detective Julie Dover takes on the case. The series is being produced by Canadian digital studio Secret Location and will be directed by Benjamin Arfmann. The initial order will comprise of 15 episodes. 10 of those episodes will be designed for traditional viewing on SyFy channels and websites. In addition, 5 episodes are being developed exclusively for the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality platform, offering an immersive viewing experience. A premiere date for the series has not been announced yet.
"Syfy has consistently broken new ground with its television series and we’re excited to work with them on this new multiplatform project," said James Milward, president, Secret Location when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter. "VR is being exposed to more and more people and with projects like Halcyon, we intend to help this immersive form of entertainment grow."
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset designed with advanced optics, a wide field of view, a high refresh rate, and precise, low-latency constellation tracking. Together, these technologies help to create convincing VR movies, shows, and games with a genuine sense of presence.
A premiere date for the series has not been announced yet. Customers can pre-order an Oculus Rift now for $599. Units are expected to start shipping in July. The pre-order package includes the headset, sensor, remote, cables, Xbox One controller, 'EVE: Valkyrie,' and 'Lucky's Tale.'
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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