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SDCC 2014: ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Jaeger Experience
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Guillermo del Toro at the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot Oculus VR experience

San Diego Comic-Con attendees were fully immersed in the interactive world of Guillermo del Toro at Legendary Pictures booth on Wednesday night. Hot off last month’s announcement of the official release date for Pacific Rim 2 (and the news of a Pacific Rim animated series), Legendary and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro have been working with tech developer Oculus VR on a first-person experience that allows fans to step into the cockpit one of the film’s Jaegers and engage in Kaiju battle.

I previewed a sneak peek of this experience myself on one of Legendary’s custom-built simulator rigs, as the Oculus Rift goggles were placed over my eyes and headphones over my ears. My field of vision filled with the interior of the cockpit of the Gipsy Danger as my copilot signaled me to prepare for neural interface. A quick mind warp and we were soon underwater, face-to-face with the Category III Kaiju known as Knifehead. Plasma cannon blasts were ineffective as Knifey soon struck the Jaeger, disabling one of its arms. A couple more strikes and soon Knifehead’s knife head was breaching the cockpit and directly in my face, bringing the simulation to an end.

Also on display at the Legendary booth was a walkthrough for Del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak, as well as a display of weapons and the official title treatment for Legendary’s upcoming Warcraft adaptation, which can be seen below.

Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for an April 7, 2017 release; Warcraft is due out March 11, 2016.

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