HBO has partnered with the interactive content studio Survios to launch a new virtual-reality game based on its Westworld TV series.
The game, called Westworld Awakening, is set during the series’ second season and inserts players into a meticulously crafted world of adventure, danger and fantasy. It is now live in more than 400 VR arcades and available for download via Steam, Oculus and VIVEPORT in English in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, South Korea and China (arcades only).
Developed in collaboration with Westworld producers at Kilter Films and designed for Vive and Oculus head-mounted displays, Westworld Awakening is a single-player stealth exploration experience played from the perspective of a host named Kate who has attained self-awareness. As Kate, players go along on a journey of self-discovery, using a QA (Quality Assurance) tablet to manipulate the world around you, solving puzzles, interacting with other hosts and staying ahead of Hank, a long-active serial killer host.
Aaron Nonis, VP of interactive and immersive experiences at HBO, said: “HBO is known for producing some of the most compelling shows, offering creative storylines and complex characters that keep our viewers coming back for more. Through VR experiences, we are bringing these fictional people and places to life for our viewers and letting them interact and engage with our shows in new, immersive ways. Westworld Awakening is the perfect fusion of the right creators and story, the right IP and the right platform that allows us to create the next-generation playground for our Westworld fans.”
Daniel Zeligman, Survios’ project lead, said: “With Westworld Awakening, we had the privilege of going inside HBO’s popular show to create an entirely new storyline. The end result is a VR experience unlike any other out there, that allows fans to dive deep into familiar settings and become a character on their favorite show, seeking to survive the dangers of Westworld.”