Swamp noir play takes VR center stage
Why wait for a night at the theater?
You’ve got an open invitation any day, any time to experience the swamp noir mystery and mayhem of Knee Deep, a way-way-way-off Broadway show staged within a ridiculously massive rotating theater in stunning virtual reality.
In November 2016, Prologue Games proudly presents a full three-act experience for Steam VR and Oculus Rift. It’s not a tech demo. It’s not a quick-hit story where you’ve got no impact. It’s a fully voice acted, feature-length, quirky, choice-driven crime drama set in weird Florida with esoteric influences ranging from Twin Peaks to Jaws to Star Wars. Imagine David Lynch and Carl Hiaasen in colliding airboats smashing through a swamp performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Colin Dwan, CEO of Prologue Games, said Knee Deep is at its best when the physical surroundings drop away and the magical reality of this fantastic theater takes over.
“Beyond ‘theater in the round,’ VR brings you into every scene and line of dialogue as an active and engaged participant,” Dwan said. “We’re thrilled to transport our audience into the dramatic settings and characters of Knee Deep on these amazing platforms.”
Take turns with three major characters – oddball blogger Romana Teague, hard-boiled private investigator K.C. Gaddis, and downtrodden newspaper reporter Jack Bellet – as they delve into the dark secrets hiding in the murk of a forgotten north Florida tourist trap called Cypress Knee.
Your choices in conversations, reporting posts, and the occasional showbiz cult exams help shape the narrative of Knee Deep. The game’s lead writer/designer, Wes Platt, is a recovering Florida native with a background that includes more than a decade as a journalist with The St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and The Herald-Sun of Durham, N.C.
“We’re long-time fans of theater and we work right next door to the Durham Performing Arts Center at the American Tobacco Campus,” Platt said. “We’re pleased that gamers who might never have seen a stage show get that chance with Knee Deep. And theater fans who’ve never gamed? We’re just as excited that Knee Deep will be their gateway experience.”
It all starts with a dead actor hanging from a tacky teepee tower. Get up close and personal to find out where the twisted trail leads when Knee Deep launches on VR!
See theater in a whole new way. You don’t even have to wear pants.