War Remains, an immersive experience by MWMi (MWM Interactive), will debut this month at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Presented by Dan Carlin, the Hardcore History podcaster, War Remains is an immersive virtual reality experience that transfers viewers to the Western Front of the First World War. Viewers can behold history unfold from the point-of-view of a soldier.
War Remains an LBE (location-based experience) places viewers with VR headsets in a 25ft x 25ft space. The space acts as a physical set, whereby enabling viewers to interact with what they witness virtually. The VR experience feels immense due to the techniques used to create the experience and trick viewers into thinking they are on the frontlines of WWI.
The immersive experience was produced by MWMi and developed by Flight School Studio. Dan Carlin will lead viewers into the trenches as an active battle scene erupts around them. Through a combination of sound engineering, visual effects, and guidance of Carlin’s voice, viewers experience history.
“Virtual Reality creates other dimensions. The medium allows the storyteller to engage the audience in a way that previous storytelling genres haven’t been able to tap into. The engagement level is so much higher because the audience is 100% involved. It’s an active, not passive experience.” – Dan Carlin.
Ethan Stearns, EVP of Content at MWM Interactive, stated that “initially, the team wanted the experience to be so loud and uncomfortable that people wouldn’t really want to be in a headset.”
“We are extremely grateful to MWMi for the gift of War Remains. This experience is unlike anything that Kansas City has hosted before. War Remains will allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the trenches of WWI and experience it with all of their senses, reaching them on both an educational and emotional level.” – Matthew Naylor, CEO and President, National WWI Museum and Memorial.
War Remains experience will be open to guests on May 27, 2021.
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