Blade Runner fans who may have been wondering what it would be like to go for a wander around replicant hunter Rick Deckard’s apartment can now do so through the power of virtual reality (VR).
The Blade Runner 9732 – named after the number of Deckard’s apartment – is a VR game created by fan Quentin Lengele, who faithfully replicated the set of Deckard’s apartment as much as possible.
Compatible with the HTC Vive headset and soon to be out of beta come January 7, the VR game is not the most sophisticated in terms if graphics and lighting.
But it does capture that slightly dark and dank retro-futuristic look of Los Angeles in 2019 that the 1982 Blade Runner movie portrayed; we don’t imagine that in a year’s time LA will be sporting flying cars, though driverless cars could be a strong possibility.
There’s plenty of detail to enjoy as well, such as spotting the ESPER machine or perusing the contents of Deckard’s fridge or bathroom shelves, and noting that he has a healthy collection of various alcoholic drinks amid the clutter of his rather dark apartment.
Blade Runner 9732 is very much a ‘through-the-keyhole’ experience in that it doesn’t really offer much in the way of interaction and gaming.
But for Blade Runner fans still hungry for more of Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, even after the stellar Blade Runner 2049, the VR game could be exactly what they need to satiate their appetite for grim sci-fi.
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