A Doctor Who virtual reality game that allows fans to pilot the TARDIS through the depths of the space-time vortex has been released via BBC Taster.
Players must tackle hazards and obstacles emerging from the future ahead of them, and will need to quickly react by physically turning around to evade threats as they’re transported into different time zones from past eras, from the current vortex to re-imagined designs from the 1960s and 1980s.
The game is a VR reboot of the Time Vortex 360 mobile game released earlier this year and can be played using cardboard headsets, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive via a web browser.
Those without headsets can play the game with mobiles and tablets running newer versions of Android or iOS and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. To play, fans simply need to visit bbc.in/TimeVortexVR.
Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Digital Drama, says: “This game allows you to step inside one of the most iconic title sequences in TV history, as you pilot the TARDIS through modern, 80s and 60s versions of the vortex.
“Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – and this new game combines casual, arcade-style gaming with virtual reality to create an unforgettable experience.
“After releasing the 360 version of the game, we had lots of comments from players suggesting it would make a great VR experience.
“For this re-boot we wanted to offer a VR gaming experience that is as accessible as possible and test the limits of what is possible to develop using WebVR.”
Developed for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game has been created using the WebVR API and combines cutting edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.
Doctor Who Time Vortex VR is available to play on BBC Taster, where fans can rate the game and provide feedback.