Gallopin’ Gorgons! An updated version of the Harry Potter Universe game for Daydream, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience, is arriving today. Not only that, but owners of Vive, Rift and Gear VR will finally be able to get in on the magic-casting fun too, as the game lands on their respective app stores.
Finding yourself in Newt Scamander’s magical suitcase (it’s bigger on the inside), you encounter beasts taken straight from the 2016 film. Exploring the different areas, you can cast spells and interact with a variety of fantastic animals; Graphorns, Bowtruckles, Occamys, Nifflers and the multi-winged Thunderbird.
According to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, the updated Fantastic Beasts VR experience will include “many more beasts to interact with.”
Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne got a chance to pop into the updated version of the game, saying it was “so immersive – unlike anything [he’d] ever experienced,” although it’s uncertain if Redmayne was simply referring to the Vive headset or the experience itself. Redmayne lends his voice to the experience, narrating throughout as he teaches you how to cast spells with your wand.
While Vive, Rift and Daydream users will be able to cast spells and interact with the world using a single motion controller – rendered as a magic wand – the Gear VR version won’t actually feature a wand, likely meaning all interactions will be gaze-based. Gallopin’ Gorgons, indeed!
- Steam Store page for Rift and Vive is here
- Oculus Home for Rift is here
- Oculus Home for Gear VR is here.
Update (6:30 PM ET): added appropriate store links.