Natural history producer BBC Earth partnered with Oculus to create three virtual reality experiences that invite users to step into the lives of a caracal cat, an oogpister beetle and a black bear. Released separately on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR platforms in January, Cat Flight, Oogie and Bear Island will be available for free download for three months.
“By allowing users to immerse themselves in these environments, we are hoping to bring people rich and unforgettable adventures different from any traditional natural history series,” says Julia Kenyon, global brands director for BBC Worldwide.
Cat Flight examines the incredible leap of the caracal cat. Producers integrated computer-generated imagery into 360° video, allowing users to discover how these extraordinary predators survive in the wild.
The second experience, Oogie, is an interactive CGI game featuring an oogpister beetle scurrying through the African savannah.
Bear Island, the third experience, presents an interactive 360° video in which users join black bears on a journey to the banks of an Alaskan river. Created to give audiences a sense of presence, the user is able to jump between different perspectives and parallel storylines, making full use of the interactivity that VR provides.