A Haunting Revival: The 7th Guest VR
Meet the Volumetric Characters in the VR Version of The 7th Guest
“The 7th Guest” is a classic interactive puzzle game released in 1993. Developed by Trilobyte and published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment, it was one of the first games to utilize full-motion video (FMV) technology. And now, in 2023, The 7th Guest is set to become one of the first VR games to incorporate volumetric video.
On June 1, 2023, publisher Vertigo Games and co-developers Vertigo Studios Rotterdam and Exkee unveiled an exciting new project: The 7th Guest VR. A virtual reality reimagining of the interactive mystery puzzle adventure that revolutionized PC gaming, now poised to revolutionize Meta Quest 2, Quest Pro, Meta Quest 3, PS VR2, and PC VR.
Through innovative VR gameplay and the interpolation of live-action volumetric storytelling, The 7th Guest VR invites players into a magnificent mansion filled with cryptic secrets and challenging puzzles, all while they unravel the mystery surrounding the sinister owner of the estate, toy maker Henry Stauf.
Volumetric Video in The 7th Guest
Volumetric video in a VR game offers a realistic and immersive experience, allowing users to interact with real people and objects in three-dimensional form, providing deeper immersion and natural exploration of the virtual environment.
As for how these volumetric captures are precisely utilized in The 7th Guest, we’ll keep that secret for now. But what we can say is that we’re incredibly proud to have been a part of this game!
Success Forged through Collaboration
The VR version of The 7th Guest has been developed with approval and consultation from Rob Landeros of Trilobyte Games, the original game designer. Arcturus brought our volumetric scenes to life through optimization using their tools. The musical score, composed by Jonathan van den Wijngaarden, also serves as a heartfelt tribute to the original work of ‘The Fat Man’ George Sanger, with the added honor of being produced with his esteemed blessing.
You can hear George “The Fat Man” Sanger’s original tunes for The 7th Guest here https://thefatmanandteamfat.bandcamp.com/