Nickelodeon is jumping on the virtual reality and augmented reality bandwagon by announcing that they will use the two in a new sitcom. The series is called Meet the Voxels (working title), a new original VR and AR endeavor for the company.
Meet the Voxels is designed to take viewers behind the scenes of a videogame world by following a family called the Voxels. Although this is still a working title, Nickelodeon has introduced us to the family which includes Hunter, a 13-year-old laser tag star, Maude, a 16-year-old who is fighting to pop as many bubbles as she can, a younger brother named Cody who does not have av video game calling yet, their Mom who is a popular street fighter in her game, and their Dad, who was a 90’s era classic console character who doesn’t work in the business anymore.
The mastermind behind this new sitcom is Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab, which is a division that is aimed at research and development around emerging platforms and new technology.
“Our vision is to take the real-time technology we’ve been exploring in the Lab and marry it with a creative concept that connects with kids and their passion for video games. We designed this next-gen animation workflow and filled it with characters who can exist naturally across multiple platforms from day one,” said Young in a statement.
Young has developed kids’ experiences through the Lab including SlimeZone, a multi-player social VR experience that allows kids and their families the opportunity to interact in a Nickelodeon-designed virtual world. He also created The Loud House 360, which lets viewers discover the Loud family house from all angles. At Comic Con the Lab even released Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience.
Meet the Voxels will have Nickelodeon using cutting-edge virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture. Nickelodeon plans to air the sitcom across all their channels globally.
“Chris is helping lead Nickelodeon animation towards a transformation into a wholly new content creation studio,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Animation. “Meet the Voxels marks a significant development in turning that content dream into a prediction reality.”
This is not the first time that Nickelodeon has dabbled in VR or AR projects. The company has launched an AR game for mobile apps called Sky Whale, which ties in with one of Nickelodeon’s shows called Game Shakers. The game is based off an app that the two main characters created in the show and in the game, players can hunt for onscreen objects in the real world.
Nickelodeon also launched an entirely AR focused app called Do Not Touch, which is designed for kids. The app launches cools 3D animation and fun mini-games for kids to play with and explore.
Since the show is still in early development, there has been not actual imagery to share with potential viewers. Nickelodeon also has not confirmed how they plan on implementing both virtual reality and augmented reality and their respective technologies.