FOVE 0 Eye-Tracking VR Headset Collaborates With Sword Art Online Movie

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Demonstration features Asuna explaining headset's features, reacting to user's eye movements

Virtual reality headset company Fove, Inc. announced on Thursday that it will launch a collaboration with the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film in January. The collaboration will consist of a demonstration of Fove's "FOVE 0" eye-tracking VR headset, featuring the character Asuna explaining the features of the headset to the user. Users will be able to maintain varying levels of eye contact with Asuna, and she will respond appropriately. For example, she will feel embarrassed if users stare at her for too long, or will get angry when users look away while she is talking.

The demonstration will be exclusive to Japan and South Korea, and will be available in Fove's official website in January, and will be featured in participating Internet cafes in February.

The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film will have a "simultaneous worldwide release" on February 18. It will open in 150 theaters in Japan. Aniplex of America confirmed the film's overseas release. The company describes the movie's story:

It's just a game,or so I thought..

A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.

The film's all-new original story takes place after the Mother's Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime's second season. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara is writing the new story for the film. Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters based on abec's original character designs, and Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music.

Images © 2016 Reki Kawahara/Kadokawa ASCII Media Works Imprint/SAO Movie Project

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