Natural history legend Sir David Attenborough has been involved in a number of virtual reality (VR) projects over the years and soon Oculus owners will be treated to another. Due to arrive next week on Oculus TV is Micro Monsters, a five-part series delving into the tiny world of arthropods.
Created by Oculus and UK-based studio Alchemy Immersive, each episode of Micro Monsters with David Attenborough will examine some of the incredible activities these creatures get up to. Viewers will get to see a scorpion and a centipede fight to the death, a Portia spider’s deadly musical lullaby, an army of green ants build structures and much more.
The five episodes are:
- The Duel at Dawn – Dive into the deadly world of scorpions.
- The Mighty Makers – Discover the natural worlds of ants and aphids.
- The Trap Door – Uncover the secrets of the Trap Door spider and the Bombardier beetle.
- The Feast and Flight – Discover the life cycle of a butterfly.
- The Deadly Lullaby – Discover how hypnotic Portia spider can attack a spider twice her size.
“Micro Monsters pioneers the next generation of immersive storytelling,” said Eric Cheng – Head of Immersive Media, Oculus From Facebook in a statement. The series’ combination of incredible narratives, best-in-class 3D quality and spatial sound, sets a new quality bar for immersive-video experiences in VR. It’s hard to describe the feeling one gets when they are shrunk down to the size of a beetle, confronting the prospect of becoming a meal for a giant praying mantis!”
To create the series the team used specially developed 3D stereoscopic camera rigs, 180° live-action capture, and newly developed VFX compositing techniques so you can see every stunning detail.
“We’re so excited to share this breathtaking and education-enriching experience that demonstrates the true potential of live-action VR. The genuine sense of presence you’ll feel inside these micro-worlds couldn’t be achieved through any other story-telling medium,” adds Elliot Graves – Director, Alchemy Immersive.
Available via Oculus TV from 6th October, Micro Monsters with David Attenborough will be viewable in 8K on Oculus Quest 2, and in 5K on Quest.