At the beginning of the month Oculus announced it was
closing Story Studio, its VR filmmaking division. Following
the news I wrote a little about what we’d learned
from the studio, and how we could look forward to more
invention built on the foundations of its work. Delila’s Gift is
a perfect example of what I was talking about.
Developed by Cabbibo and released for free on the HTC Vive,
Delila feels a little like Story Studio’s final project, Dear
Angelica, with a storybook twist. It tells the tale of the
titular sea creature that finds her peaceful existence
threatened by the arrival of another entity. It doesn’t last
long, maybe taking 10 minutes to read through not including the
opening tutorial, but these precious few moments are an
eye-opening glimpse into the unique beauty of VR storytelling.
Delila was created in Tilt Brush. Cabbibo assembles scenes with
thousands of tiny virtual snowflakes, vibrantly colored and
organically swarming into position every time you turn the
page. They weave around a blank backdrop, taking form like a
flock of birds gliding in unison. When they take shape, a
narrator continues to progress through the story, with words
appearing for you to read along to.
What I love about Delila is its pace. So many VR experiences
risk obscuring their most crucial moments in immersing viewers
in 360 environments….