FoxNext, the interactive entertainment division of 20th Century Fox is to develop a free-roam, multiplayer VR experience inspired by the Alien franchise.

FoxNext is a recently formed group comprised of three Fox business units: FoxNext Games, FoxNext VR Studio and the rebranded FoxNext Destinations (previously Twentieth Century Fox Location Based Entertainment).  The remit of the new group is to explore storytelling and technology across the Fox network.

The 2000 sq ft free-roam, multiplayer, VR experience will be open to the public before the end of 2017.  The four player experience uses haptic effects and hand tracking as well as heat, mist and motion platforms.

In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter, FoxNext president Salil Mehta said, “FoxNext was created to support our motion pictures and with the view that technology is creating an opportunity for us to really revolutionize the way stories will be told in the future.  There’s enormous innovation occurring that allows real interactive storytelling, and we created divisions to focus on games, VR and location-based entertainment. We’re trying to define the best ways to create content for each.”

Working with FoxNext on the VR experience which is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, are iP2 Entertainment and Pure Imagination Studios.

Joshua Wexler, co-founder of Pure Imagination, is also quoted in the report, saying, “We are constantly assessing properties for the potential they have in the VR attraction space, and being immersed in the Alien universe inspires some of the most compelling and emotional reactions.”

The Alien movie franchise is almost 40 years old, with the latest installment, Alien: Covenant, in cinemas now.  Other Fox IPs which may be suitable to adapt for VR experiences could include Avatar, Planet of the Apes or more family friendly properties like Ice Age and Planet of the Apes.

Image: Alien: Covenant – Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

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