The escape of scaling a mountain, of being on top of the world when you reach the summit is something I crave every time I look around me at the city crowds. Though a pipe dream Everest is one that I would love to climb. Not a reality though... until now.
A collaboration between Sólfar Studios and RVX (the studio that helped with the effects in the film Everest) will introduce EVEREST VR to us in 2016. This will mean mere mortals like me can conquer the mountain through an advanced CGI model created from 300,000 high res photographs and advanced stereophotogrammetry, taking real time graphics to the next level.
Kjartan Pierre Emilsson CEO and co-founder at Sólfar said “By combining incomparable visual fidelity with real player agency and interactivity, EVEREST VR will immerse you in a virtual reality that feels both real and emotionally stunning."
It promises to be more compelling than the film, and that was pretty good.
According to Sólfar you start your expedition with prepping at Basecamp, then go on to traverse the Khumbu Icefalls, scale Lhotse Face, before ascending the Hillary Step and venturing on to conquer the summit of Everest. Epic doesn’t really cover it.
Here’s a teaser…
I can't wait to try this out, and others. The Moon maybe, or Mars. Why limit ourselves to Earth…