Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
Report: mr.  Robot's one-time VR experience returns next week

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Last summer, the Mr Robot crew made headlines by revealing that it first worked on a TV – a scene created specifically for virtual reality. When that scene was finally released last week, it happened in a very Mr Robot-like way: “The Mr Robot VR Experience” launched on the Within VR app at 10:45am last Thursday and promptly disappeared after 24 hours.

Now a revival seems in order. Speaking to the folks at Within, Vice’s The Creators Project (TCP) reports that the limited-time experience will resurface this week (although no specific date was given). The scene focuses on protagonist Elliot Alderson’s memories of his first date with girlfriend Shayla Nico, so it complements the series rather than providing any information vital to the overall plot or the current season. “This piece is purely about Elliot,” Justin Denton, technical creative director for the Here Be Dragons production company, told TCP.

Given the distinct and unusual visual aesthetic of Mr Robot, it’s no surprise that creator Sam Esmail was interested in making virtual reality movies. VR as an emerging medium has been popping up more and more at places like the Sundance or Tribeca Film Festivals, and a TV adoption was inevitable. Esmail apparently enjoyed the experience, according to TCP, and the results spawned some innovative visual work that Here Be Dragons said they would include in future projects.

Those interested can watch “The Mr Robot VR Experience” sometime next week via Within’s apps on Android, iOS, Gear VR, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift. If there’s no VR-compatible rig, brief summaries of the experience will be available on the Mr Robot subreddit.

Look for the imagery of Mr. Robot that will be a topic on Decrypted sometime this summer, Ars Technica’s Mr. Robot podcast. This week? We focused on the sound of the show. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future episodes, please contact us via the comments section, on iTunes or via email.

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