The video game industry has always been able to turn to Hollywood for inspiration, and while some movie-based games have been more successful than others, most of them at least have built-in fan bases. But as the gaming industry moves to embrace virtual reality, it will be interesting to see if this trend continues.
So far, we've seen a little bit of a divide between gaming on VR and experiencing popular films in other ways. Consider The Martian, one of the most popular films of 2015. Early this year a "VR experience" for the film was announced and tested out, and The Verge called it "out of this world." The experience basically allowed fans to play out aspects of the main character's struggle to survive on Mars, but did so in a manner restricted by the narrative. It wasn't a full-blown video game, but it seems more indicative of what's to come in the relationship between films and VR: trailers, reveals, and "experiences."
But when you consider the abilities of VR headsets to deliver incredible immersive experiences, it seems as though there are plenty of films that could be used as inspiration for more conventional games. Let's look at a few examples, just for the sake of hope.
The Lego Movie
Independence Day: Resurgence
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