The creator of hit AMC series Breaking Bad is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation division to explore possibilities for a non-game based virtual reality experience.
Vince Gilligan is reported to be eager to explore storytelling potential offered by VR. Yet details on the project are still scarce. Sony won’t discuss whether it will be episodic or a one-off, or which talent might be attached to the project. One presumes users will be able to see the content in “crystal” clear vision. And wouldn’t it be cool if they made those VR goggles look like chemical masks?
“We set up a day at our campus where we brought seven of the best show runners we work with,” says Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a report from Variety. This included the likes of David Shore of The Blacklist and Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame. According to House, Gilligan was the one that said “I really want to do something with this. I want to experiment with this.”
No launch window for the Breaking Bad VR experience, if it happens, is known. It will not be this year, however.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has increasingly been exploring areas beyond video games to expand its reach. In 2015, together with Sony Pictures Television, it created Powers. An adaptation of the popular comic book, it was the first scripted PlayStation original TV programme (now cancelled). The unit also oversees PlayStation Vue, an over-the-top streaming service that House says has the highest retention rate of any network service offerings.
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