SDCC 2019: Doctor Who VR Game Lets You Pilot a Fully Functional TARDIS

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At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) this year, Oculus and BBC Studios are giving US crowds their first chance to demo the upcoming VR game Doctor Who: The Edge of Time.

The demo will be available at the BBC AMERICA Booth (#4129), which also includes a sneak peek of the show’s beloved space-time travel device, the TARDIS. SDCC is taking place from July 18th – 21st.

In the demo, fans will be able to co-pilot the TARDIS with the Doctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker), and will be able to explore what the creators call “every nook and cranny and travelling across space and time to a series of wondrous locations, all within virtual reality.”

Developed by Maze Theory, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is being created in close collaboration with the production team at BBC Studios.

To build a screen-accurate version of the TARDIS in VR, Maze Theory says in a press statement that they took “hundreds of photographs” using photogrammetry, which aims to bring a measure of photorealism to the game.

Taking over 1,200 hours to recreate the TARDIS, the team now only aimed to recreate the look of the space-time machine, but also set out to recreate the entire functionality of the controls as true to the show (including the infamous custard cream biscuit dispenser).

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is described as a ‘feature-length’ VR game, and is slated to land on PSVR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and Vive Cosmos this September.

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