Experiences to take users on underwater adventures launch today

London. 7 April 2016: Multiple award-winning independent company Atlantic Productions and its virtual reality content studio and distributor Alchemy VR today announced the launch of three virtual reality experiences — David Attenborough’s First Life VR, Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island will all be available to the public from today via Sony Interactive Entertainment’s innovative PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes gaming to the next level of immersion.

Anthony Geffen, CEO at Atlantic Productions says: “We are continuously innovating and providing more immersive and compelling content in this fascinating medium. We are thrilled to announce this unique collaboration with PlayStation and look forward to producing more high-end, factual, immersive and cutting-edge projects over the coming years for PS VR.”

Jennifer Hile, Executive Producer at Alucia Productions says: “Our mission is to bring audiences world-class media that educates and inspires people to connect to the oceans. We are very excited to be part of VR productions that will engage people in an immersive way, allowing them to share in the thrill and joy of ocean exploration.”

 

About David Attenborough’s First Life VR – produced by Atlantic Production and distributed by Alchemy VR

  • David Attenborough’s First Life VR is a 15 minute 360 stereoscopic video which takes users on a journey of discovery to unearth the secrets of the evolution of the first life on Earth. Users travel back to the Cambrian Oceans of 540 million years ago as David Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces you to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extraordinary extinct sea creatures. The experience won the 2016 Museums and Heritage award for Innovation after showing at London’s Natural History Museum.

 

About Atomic Ghost Fleet – produced by Atlantic Production with Alucia Productions and distributed by Alchemy VR

  • Seventy years ago, an atom bomb was detonated over the Bikini Atoll; a remote chain of islands in the crystal blue waters of the tropical Pacific. The islands became off-limits to mankind, saturated in radioactive fall-out. But in 2015, the state-of-the-art research and exploration vessel Alucia and her crew returned to discover the secrets below the waves. In Atomic Ghost Fleet, users descend into Bikini’s tropical lagoon to come face to face with an undisturbed historical world of extraordinary shipwrecks in an 18 minute experience that combines world first 360 degree footage and archive materials with rare and poignant insight.

 

About Cocos: Shark Island– produced by Atlantic Production with Alucia Productions and distributed by Alchemy VR

  • 340 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, in the Pacific Ocean, lies Cocos Island. Described by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as, “the most beautiful island in the world”, its tropical waters are home to a rich marine ecosystem – making it a mecca for schools of hungry sharks. Cocos: Shark Island is a 10 minute 360 video that transfers users into the shark infested paradise that is Cocos Island.

 About Atlantic Productions and Alchemy VR

Alchemy VR builds on the world class story-telling and technical innovation of Atlantic Productions to create and distribute some of the most compelling virtual reality experiences in the world. Alchemy VR’s combination of storytelling and pioneering use of new technologies has created unique and breath taking experiences including David Attenborough’s First Life VR and David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR. Alchemy VR’s experiences have shown in some of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions. VR projects soon to be released by the studio include experiences that take you deep into the Amazon Jungle, across the sands of the Arabian Desert, and into the heart of Dubai. http://www.alchemyvr.com/

Atlantic Productions was founded in 1992 and in this time has won many of the most prestigious awards in television, including the coveted BAFTA award for best specialist factual twice in the last four years (2014 & 2011), eleven Emmy awards, two RTS awards and the best 3D award at Jackson Hole and Wildscreen.

Recent productions include GALAPAGOS (BBC), INSIDE THE COMMONS (BBC), and DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S GREAT BARRIER REEF (BBC).

About Alucia Productions

Alucia Productions is a nonprofit media company that partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, and other production companies to chronicle ocean expeditions aboard our one-of-a-kind research vessel, the Alucia. The Alucia is equipped with two submarines, a helicopter, dry lab, wet lab, and a state of the art scuba unit. Our mission is to use this cutting edge equipment to support new research, innovative media and inspire heightened awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. To that end, we create content in every format from short form to broadcast, from Giant Screen to 360VR.

About Sony Interactive Entertainment

Recognised as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Vita, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Video, PlayStation™Music, PlayStation™Now, PlayStation™Vue, PlayStation®Original and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from SIE Worldwide Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation and has global functions and regional headquarters in California, London and Tokyo.