Saturday, July 18, 2020

Ractives from Diamond Age are here

Neal Stephenson got an awful lot right (or conjured a lot into existence).

The Tempest:
Now Available on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift

Shows Nightly through September 2020. Purchase tickets in the in-app box office now!


What can I expect from Tempest?

The Under Presents: Tempest is a live, interactive, and intimate VR show inspired by the Shakespeare play. With personal variations among each actor, and new groups of participants at each showtime, no two performances of The Under Presents: Tempest will be the same. Each performance will last about 40 minutes.

How can I experience Tempest?

Ticketed showtimes will be held throughout a 4-hour window (4:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific on weekdays, 11:00am - 3:00pm Pacific on weekends) every day from July 9 through the end of September. Tickets are available as an in-app purchase within The Under Presents. The Under Presents: Tempest is exclusive to Oculus Quest and Rift.

Can I experience The Under Presents: Tempest with friends?

Each performance will include one actor networked with up to 8 participants. Multiple performances will run simultaneously. There is no guarantee that participants who purchase tickets for the same showtime will be networked into the same performance.

How does pricing work for all this?

-Tempest will be available for $14.99 (US) per ticket as an in-app purchase and includes permanent access to The Under multiplayer space.

-The Timeboat single player experience will be available as an in-app purchase for $11.99 (US) and also grants permanent access to The Under multiplayer space.

-The intro to The Under Presents (about 45 min of gameplay) will be free of charge as a demo of the experience.
A short trailer:

From a review:
This makes The Under Presents: Tempest wonderfully abstract in its retelling of Shakespeare’s play, as no matter how the actor tries to direct proceedings that live nature opens new interpretation possibilities. Prospero gives everyone roles depending on the number of people attending. While groups can max out at eight people, for this demonstration there were four of us, so I got to play roles including a boson and the groom – the first time I’ve been married in VR.