HTC Vive’s Viveport platform has never been the most prominent of the digital stores yet it does offer unique features like its Infinity subscription service. Today, the platform has announced a new partnership with Bandai Namco Pictures to bring its anime collection into VR with new immersive animations and virtual social interactions, further enhancing Viveport’s unique place within the industry.
The partnership will see new services come to Viveport over the coming months, based on Bandai Namco Pictures’ original animation series. Which IPs will make the leap into VR haven’t been confirmed just yet but the catalogue could include series such as Aikatsu!, Battle Spirits, and Tiger & Bunny. This could also include animations based on hit comic titles such as the Gintama series and Sergeant Keroro series.
Initially looking to focus on the integration of animated content, fans of those shows can look forward to a wide range of virtual experiences, stepping inside these anime shows for the first time. This will help Bandai Namco Pictures to broaden its content offering to users worldwide whilst Viveport adds another interesting reason to give it your attention.
“The future of virtual reality is about delivering experiences and exploring infinite possibilities to be realized,” said Joseph Lin, President of Viveport in a statement. “We are honoured to become BN Pictures’ first VR partner. Through this collaboration, we can bring animation content to a higher level and push the frontiers to unlock the full potential of virtual reality. In the next few months, anime content will be available on Viveport and more virtual experiences will be delivered to our audience. Please stay tuned – more exciting things are on the way!”
“We at Bandai Namco Pictures are an animation production company that has produced and owned numerous TV series, OVAs, Web animations, and theatrical films, and in particular, we continue to actively produce original works,” said Ozaki Masayuki, President and CEO of Bandai Namco Pictures. “By combining the original animation planning and production know-how that we have cultivated over the years with HTC’s advanced technological capabilities and strength as a communications platform, we will be able to create an environment where fans can enjoy experiences together, transcending physical limitations, as if they were diving directly into the world of our creations from anywhere in the world. We are very much looking forward to evolving this newly born space together with our fans.”
Viveport has been around for a few years now, offering a completely agnostic platform for PC VR users. It may not get the newest VR titles right away but its subscription model is the only one on the market for VR. As further details on the partnership are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.