A Fan-Made VR Project Lets You Walk Around Rick Deckard's Apartment From Blade Runner

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 - 2:54PM
Blade Runner
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 - 2:54PM
A Fan-Made VR Project Lets You Walk Around Rick Deckard's Apartment From Blade Runner
Blade Runner had a neo-noir aesthetic that seeped into everything, from the smoky offices to the looming techno-blimps. It was iconic—who doesn't have that smiling Japanese woman holding a Coke burned into their brain? Blade Runner was supposed to be a vision of Los Angeles in 2019, but with Elon Musk (and President Obama) promising to start colonizing Mars by the 2030s and no flying cars or androids yet, we may be a bit behind schedule. But don't worry—if you don't feel at home sitting in your lame non-futuristic apartment, you can go walk around in Rick Deckard's using VR:



The project is called Blade Runner 9732, and was created by a software engineer named Quentin Lengele. He also runs a site dedicated to the project, which gives updates on his progress, including amazingly detailed models of some of the props, including Deckard's legendary pistol, Gaff's origami animals, and even Rachel herself.

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The amount of dedication and fan-love implicit in this video reminds us of those two friends who made a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lengele is using an early version of the Oculus Rift development kit, so it may be some time before we see a commercial release of the project, but the amount of progress and detail accomplished with this "out-of-date" tech is nothing less than stunning. Hell, Lengele's VR experience looks more like Blade Runner than the new trailer for the sequel.  Maybe one day, any sci-fi fan can sit on a rainy rooftop in VR and listen to a psychopathic android tell them about Tannhauser Gate.

Either way, an Outer Places salute to Quentin Lengele! You can read more about him here.

Blade Runner 2049 hits US theaters on October 6th, 2017.
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