Bandai Namco Filmworks, in collaboration with virtual reality (VR) production company Atlas V, has announced a groundbreaking VR anime project for the Gundam franchise, titled "Mobile Suit Gundam Silver Phantom for Meta Quest." This immersive adventure will offer fans a unique interactive experience in the Gundam universe, a significant leap in anime storytelling. The announcement was made during a panel at Anime NYC, where Pierre Zandrowicz of Atlas V and Ken Iyadomi of Bandai Namco Filmworks presented the project and showcased a teaser video, as spotted by Anime News Network.
A Fusion of Worlds in Immersive Adventure
"Mobile Suit Gundam Silver Phantom" aims to push the boundaries of traditional anime by providing an immersive adventure that combines the best aspects of gaming and narrative storytelling. While it may not be a traditional game, it offers viewers a level of interactivity that goes beyond a typical narrative experience. This ambitious project represents a new frontier in anime entertainment, offering fans a unique and engaging way to explore the Gundam universe.
Sunrise and Atlas V Collaboration
Notably, this project marks the first collaboration between Sunrise, the renowned Gundam creators, and a French company, Atlas V. The partnership between these two entities signifies a significant milestone in the expansion of the Gundam franchise into the realm of virtual reality. With the combined expertise of Sunrise and Atlas V, "Mobile Suit Gundam Silver Phantom" promises to deliver an unforgettable VR anime experience for Gundam enthusiasts.
While specific details and a release date for the VR anime have not been disclosed yet, the project demonstrates Bandai Namco Filmworks' commitment to pushing the boundaries of anime storytelling. In addition to "Mobile Suit Gundam Silver Phantom," Bandai Namco Filmworks has also revealed the "Mobile Suit Gundam: Requiem for Vengeance" project, consisting of six 30-minute episodes that will be available for streaming worldwide. The animation for this project will be produced entirely using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5, showcasing innovative techniques in anime production.
As the world of anime continues to evolve and embrace new technologies, "Mobile Suit Gundam Silver Phantom" stands as a testament to the Gundam franchise's enduring legacy and its ability to adapt to the changing landscape of entertainment. Gundam fans can look forward to embarking on a unique and immersive adventure in the near future, redefining the way they experience their favorite series.