Common Every part’s Emergence restores the gang expertise in VR

A timely new game release from Universal Everything introduces gamers to a plethora of virtual reality designed to evoke "sophisticated patterns of human behavior on a large scale."

Emergence was originally launched during the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, but has just been re-released on Steam as a free downloadable virtual reality experience for anyone who owns an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Valve Index headset.

Players take on the role of a shining person who is trapped by thousands of other people, all of whom respond to their movements. The virtual characters are designed to mimic real world behavior, which means that emergence is as realistic a crowd experience as most of us are likely to be right now.

“Our work often shows abstract human shapes and movements with a single figure or a duet,” says Matt Pyke, founder of Universal Everything. “With today's graphics technology, we can choreograph a lot.

"By programming each crowd member with intelligent behaviors – such as avoid, follow, or imitate – we can uncover sophisticated patterns of human behavior on a large scale."

The game is accompanied by a soundscape designed by Simon Pyke, in which vocal layers are used that come from distant field recordings of tribes.

Coupled with the hordes of digital people, this results in a surreal experience and a fascinating look at where virtual reality can lead us – especially given the current social distancing we all face in our real life.