Oculus reveals the first look of the TARDIS in Doctor Who: The Edge of Time
Fans can play the upcoming feature-length VR game, published by PlayStack and developed by Maze Theory under license from BBC Studios, at SDCC this month
San Francisco, July 15, 2019 - Oculus and BBC Studios are proud to bring a new cinematic, feature-length Doctor Who VR video game to San Diego Comic-Con. Fans will be the first in the US to play Doctor Who: The Edge of Time at the BBC AMERICA Booth (#4129), including a sneak peek of the iconic TARDIS and brand-new title sequence created just for the game.
Revealed today, the TARDIS showcases the painstaking attention to detail and incredible authenticity that Maze Theory are bringing to the Doctor Who universe, in close collaboration with the production team at BBC Studios. A first for the beloved sci-fi IP,fans will co-pilot the TARDIS with the Doctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker), exploring every nook and cranny and travelling across space and time to a series of wondrous locations, all within virtual reality.
Visiting the Doctor Who set in Cardiff earlier this year, Maze Theory set out to create the most authentic and lifelike version of the TARDIS in a videogame to date. It required taking hundreds of photographs, using a technique called photogrammetry, to create a hyper-accurate digital reference of the iconic spaceship.
The team's 3D artists, designers, sound and software engineers brought the TARDIS to life in a process taking over 1200 hours. The precise functionality of the controls are true to the show, all behaving exactly as they do on screen. To complete the experience – fans can access the infamous custard cream biscuit dispenser.
Published by PlayStack and developed by Maze Theory under license from BBC Studios, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time launches for all high-end VR platforms in September 2019. Explore the TARDIS and universe of Doctor Who without limitations, as the game will also be available on Oculus Quest - the next generation in untethered VR.
Maze Theory's Creative Director Marcus Moresby said: "The TARDIS is a very important and hugely iconic element of the show and Doctor Who: The Edge of Time offers the chance to experience it like never before. It's been a huge undertaking to deliver the very best TARDIS experience and is much anticipated by fans of the show. We know they're going to love it."
About Maze Theory
Maze Theory is the new start up immersive entertainment studio led by former Activision and Sony PlayStation veterans and London based creative agency Output Group. It is committed to redefining storytelling through awesome, innovative and immersive experiences in virtual reality.
The studio launched in April 2018. The leadership team comprises of former Activision MD Geoff Heath OBE, former Sony PlayStation marketing director Mark Hardy, founder of Output Group Ian Hambleton, former Found Studio creative director Marcus Moresby and former Sony PlayStation executive producer Russell Harding.
Since launch the studio has expanded its team further with several former PlayStation hires. It is currently developing soon-to-be-announced high profile projects with major IP partners, as well as working on its own original VR gaming content.
For more information visit https://www.maze-theory.com/
PlayStack is a new breed of publisher bringing world-class expertise, and a drive to support and promote innovative games from the next generation of game developers. PlayStack offers end-to-end funding, publishing expertise, and tech to build a strong gamer audience and community to empower developers.
For more information visit www.playstack.com.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries. BBC Studios' award-winning British programs are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialties. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes over 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK's independent sector.
In the Americas, BBC Studios' operates two production units – one in Los Angeles, responsible for ratings juggernaut and Emmy®-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the other in Brazil, where local productions Dancing Brasil and Bake Off Brasil have become breakout hits. The company manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Dynasties, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as strategic partnerships in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel and Corus for BBC Canada. The company also boasts a franchise management business and a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation.
About Doctor Who
Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 55 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a huge global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone. It was the most tweeted about drama programme brand in the UK throughout 2018. Doctor Who is sold to over 249 territories. Series 11 achieved the 2nd biggest UK drama launch of 2018 and the 3rd most watched Doctor Who series since its return in 2005. It outperformed channel averages internationally and delivered double digit series on series increases in the US and Canada. It has been honoured by Guinness World Records as the longest running science-fiction series in the world. Doctor Who has a proven track-record in consumer products and live entertainment with over four and a half million Sonic Screwdrivers sold in the past eleven years, over 13 million action figures sold since 2005, over 19 million DVDS sold globally and over one million tickets sold for live events.