Elijah Wood Explains His Move Into VR with Psychological Thriller ‘Transference’, by Patrick Shanley
Elijah Wood is the latest of Hollywood’s big names to dip his toe in the waters of video gaming.Teaming up with French video game studio Ubisoft, Wood’s production company SpectreVision (which he co-founded in 2010 as The Woodshed before rebranding to its current title in 2013) has finished its first foray into VR gaming with Transference, a psychological thriller that puts players into the uploaded memory data of a traumatized mental patient. The game is due to be released in spring of 2018 on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as on the Xbox One family of devices, including and Windows PC.
While a number of other Hollywood stars have ventured into the realm of gaming, Wood is unique in that he is producing Transference, not providing his services as a voice actor (though he has done so in the past in games such as Tim Schafer’s BrokenAgein 2014).
SpectreVision has exclusively produced horror and genre films since its inception, and while Transference‘s creepy atmosphere matches the company’s pedigree, it is a entirely different experience crafting a VR game than producing a narrative film.
Heat Vision caught up with Wood to discuss his new collaborative project, his thoughts on VR and the possibility of producing more games in the future.