Doctor Who Time Vortex Lets Players Pilot The TARDIS In New BBC VR Game

Doctor Who Time Vortex

Fans of the long-running and wildly popular Doctor Who series from BBC got a chance to pilot the TARDIS on mobile devices earlier this year. The title is set in the iconic opening sequence, where players travel through time in an arcade-style game. BBC has now taken their game, “Doctor Who Time Vortex VR” a step further and recreated it as a webVR experience.

BBC and Goodboy Digital teamed up to make Doctor Who Time Vortex using WebVR API, a combination of HTML5 and WebGL with PixijS V5.0. The title is the same as its mobile predecessor; an endless runner that increases in difficulty as players progress through the game. Visually intense, Time Vortex takes players on a journey through what the TARDIS experiences when it travels through time and space.

Doctor Who Time Vortex

Doctor Who Time Vortex uses the device’s accelerometer and players physically move in order to navigate the game. If a player turns around, they can travel back in time instead of forward. As the game progresses, players experience different eras from the modern, 1980’s, and 1960’s vortexes. Here is what BBC Digital Drama Creative Director Jo Pearce had to say about the game:

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.”

Doctor Who Time Vortex VR is available to play using cardboard headsets, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, and Google Daydream from the web browser. Newer versions of Android and iOS can also play the game with updated browsers. For those interested in testing their hands at this VR experience, hop in the TARDIS and get ready to yell Allons-y here.

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