San Diego’s Comic-Con always sees a massive fanfare for all things science fiction, so there’s no better place for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros Pictures to debut the VR experience for their upcoming film Blade Runner 2049, Riddley Scott’s sequel to the iconic Blade Runner (1982).
Update (7/19/17): Oculus today confirmed that the Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit VR experience will launch on July 21st on Gear VR. Interestingly, Replicant Pursuit is the first of three installments of Blade Runner 2049 VR experiences—each of which is being produced by a different developer—to be released leading up to the film’s premiere in October. The latter two will be available on both Gear VR and Rift. A trailed for the experience can be see below:
In Replicant Pursuit, developed by Turtle Rock Studios (Face Your Fears, Other Worlds), players will hop in a ‘spinner’ hover car to track down a rogue replicant. As the project is a promotion for the upcoming film, we expect the experiences will launch for free.
Original Article (7/7/19): Theatrical release of the Blade Runner 2049 is still slated for October 6th, but San Diego-based fans will get a chance to pop into the VR representation of the Blade Runner universe starting July 20th-23rd. According to a press release, not only Comic-Con badge holders can attend, but also the general public is invited to try out the VR experience and paw at everything else on display.
Alcon Entertainment is setting up an physical Blade Runner 2049 experience for fans to attend, including a Blade Runner art gallery, a display of actual vehicles featured in the film, actors dressed in the film’s wardrobe walking around the crowd, and of course the Oculus VR experience itself. The event will take place in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter during the entirety of Comic-Con weekend.
The VR experience is said to feature a walk through the film’s neon-lit setting including an impromptu test to determine if you’re a human or a replicant.
Located across the street from the Comic-Con convention center, the Blade Runner 2049 Experience will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Guests can register to enter at a specific appointment time with a same-day appointment, or choose to wait in line. Admission is free.