Ridley Scott has opted to revisit The Martian by working with Fox Innovation Lab to executive produce a Virtual Reality experience inspired by his much-loved Matt Damon on Mars movie from 2015.
The official press bumf tells us that “The Martian VR Experience is an interactive, immersive adventure with viewers participating from astronaut Mark Watney’s perspective, performing tasks that will facilitate his chances for survival.
“Users can fly onto the surface of Mars, steer at zero gravity through space, drive a rover and experience other key scenes from the hit film in a 360-degree virtual reality environment.”
The great Mr Scott himself chimed in with this statement:
“I’ve always tried to approach filmmaking from the standpoint of creating an immersive experience. Now with the tools that are available to us in virtual reality, we can raise the bar even higher. The audience can experience storytelling in ways we previously could only imagine […] Mars has never been closer to being within our grasp and I’m so thrilled that we can invite people into The Martian VR Experience.”
The game/tie-in/experience/whatever you want to call it was directed by Robert Stromberg. It is out now on PS VR and HTC Vive via Steam.