In 1961, a horrific monster went on a rampage in picturesque Copenhagen. This happened in the monster movie Reptilicus, with story and direction by Sid Pink from a screenplay by Copenhagen-born Ib Melchior. The movie featured esteemed Danish actors such as Dirch Passer, Kjeld Petersen and Carl Ottosen among the cast and has, on several occasions, been voted one of the worst monster movies of all times.
In other words – Reptilicus is a true cult classic! Here’s a scene from the film (in Copenhagen’s City Hall Square):
Among the fans of Reptilicus is newly formed Danish game developer Triband, who is working on turning the 54-year-old monster into a VR experience in their upcoming game Reptilicus VR.
“When doing a crossover between movie and game like this, you have to treat the material with respect. Reptilicus is an important part of our cultural heritage on par with The Golden Horns of Gallehus. It is a delicate balance. We need to honour the original and add a modern touch without losing the sense of tongue-in-cheek,” says Peter Bruun from Triband.
Reptilicus VR will see the player cause havoc in the Copenhagen cityscape anno 1962, a virtual environment based on old photos and maps to make it authentic and recognisable. However, Triband doesn’t want the gamers to only experience life as a monster through a VR-headset, and so have teamed up with the electronics company Rokoko to develop a motion capture suit that measures the player’s body from top to bottom, making it possible for a player to control Reptilicus with their entire body.
Check out the developer’s project intro:
Triband expects to publish Reptilicus VR in 2016. Learn more about the game at reptilicusvr.com.
Triband is a new Danish independent games studio based in Copenhagen. The studio is founded by Peter Bruun, Tim Garbos and Rune K. Drewsen. Learn more at triband.net.
(Still image above from Reptilicus, 1961)