SDCC 2016: Teen Wolf VR Experience


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Amidst the crowds and the chaos, fans of the long-running MTV teen horror show, Teen Wolf, had the exclusive pleasure to have a VR experience inspired directly from the show! The line, although stretching around the corner of the booth, and running down the aisle a bit, was filled with anticipating fans wanting to catch a glimpse of the upcoming season’s antagonist.

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On hand was the producer of the Teen Wolf VR Experience, Jason Koffeman, to tell us a bit about the whole process that went into making the program. “Kevin Cornish, the founder of our company (Moth + Flame VR), directed the experience, as I produced it, and we worked together on pretty much every element of it. As we went through the process, we worked with MTV, and they were really great in helping us develop how they wanted to work with the show. From thought to finish, it didn’t take us that long, it actually only took us a few months.” Jason laughed as he mentioned that they didn’t waste any time, and that as soon as they knew what they were doing, they went “right off to the races.” With the help of a staff writer from the actual show, the team were able to assemble the necessary parts to get the experience going. “We shot it on their sets while they were shooting the show, and then we moved right into post.”

When asked about the availability of the experience, Jason told us that although fans are lining up at the moment to catch an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Teen Wolf world, fans at home shouldn’t worry. “Afterwards, just in a couple of days (after the Con), fans will be able to find the experience on Facebook 360, so millions of people can enjoy it.”

The experience utilized the Samsung Gear VR headset, which at first I thought was a bit of a shortchange, considering how the Occulus Rift and the HTC Vive were thoroughly enjoyed by other booths, but in all honesty, the experience was still incredible! Getting immersed into the world seemed surreal, as the headset transports you to an underground tunnel. You are instructed by the Lydia, the character in front of you, to not look at whatever happens, which is kind of hard when you want to see who’s coming to get you. The more you focused, however, on her, the less likely you will die in the game. As the music amps up, out of the peripheral of my vision, I could see some hooded figure coming towards me on my right. I tried to look, but Lydia continued to warn me about turning. One thing to note was that the sound was omni-directional, meaning that where ever you turned your head, you could hear the sound that came specifically that direction. As my gaze began to lean towards the hooded figure, I could hear his breathing more and more, intriguing me to look even more. By the end of the experience, I did end up surviving, and got a chance to watch Lydia blow the Ghostrider, as they call him, away into smithereens.

Overall, the experience was definitely something that I enjoyed, and now, you have the opportunity to enjoy it too! Take a look at the experience that fans at Comic-Con got a chance to be a part of:

Lydia and Scott are Trying to Protect You | 360 VideoKeep your eyes on Lydia! There’s something coming after you and you don’t want to find out what it is

Posted by Teen Wolf on Saturday, July 23, 2016

The season 6 premiere episode of Teen Wolf airs on Tuesday, Nov. 15, on MTV.

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