The legendary stop-motion pair Wallace and Gromit will have their own interactive VR experience on Meta Quest 2 next year, developed by series creator Aardman, Meta, and VR pioneers Atlas V. The interactive, single-player VR experience, dubbed Wallace & Gromit: The Grand Getaway, promises to take fans on a summer vacation with Wallace and Gromit, complete with a peaceful beach trip and the opportunity to try out Wallace’s latest invention, Auto-Caddy.
The problem is that Wallace has mixed up his dates, and the two (along with Auto-Caddy) must race to the other side of the country in less than half an hour. And, as is typical of Wallace & Gromit, things are unlikely to go according to plan.
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The Grand Getaway, which will premiere on Quest 2 in 2023, is a co-production between Aardman and the Atlas V team behind Spheres and Gloomy Eyes, in collaboration with No Ghost in London, England, and Albion in Lyon, France.
With the help of Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit, Merlin Crossingham, the creative director of Wallace & Gromit, Finbar Hawkins, and Bram Ttwheam are co-directing. Following in the footsteps of the late Peter Sallis, Ben Whitehead will resume his role as Wallace.
“The entire studio is ecstatic about this project,” said Sean Clarke, Managing Director of Aardman Animations. “It gives us the perfect opportunity to do what we love – combining distinctive characters and engaging storyline with future technologies to provide fans a completely immersive experience.”
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“This will be wish-fulfillment terrain for Wallace & Gromit fans – after decades of seeing the characters on TV, they will suddenly be able to enter into their world and play an active role in the new story as it unfolds.” It’s the best way for newcomers to get to know the characters, the humor, and the shenanigans that have made them so popular.”
The Grand Getaway isn’t Wallace & Gromit’s first attempt into virtual reality. In 2020, Aardman released The Big Fix-Up for AR-capable smartphones, allowing users to participate in a real-time story across several weeks.
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