Syfy's futuristic cop show 'Halcyon' will have 5 VR episodes

Emmy-winning studio Secret Location is producing the series.

In the year 2058, virtual reality is so commonplace that big-city police have established a Virtual Reality Crimes Unit. In this branch, detective Julie Dover ends up investigating an incident that shouldn't even be possible -- a real-life murder that went down within virtual reality. This is the premise of Syfy's new scripted series, Halcyon, which consists of 10 episodes that will air on Syfy's television and web channels, plus five VR-only episodes set to debut on Oculus Rift.

You won't need an Oculus Rift to follow Halcyon on the linear channels: Syfy will offer recaps of the VR episodes for those watching on the web and TV. Halcyon comes from Emmy award-winning studio Secret Location, which also crafted the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience. BAFTA nominee Benjamin Arfmann is directing the show and it started production in Toronto just this month. There's no word yet on when Halcyon will premiere.

"VR is being exposed to more and more people and with projects like Halcyon, we intend to help this immersive form of entertainment grow," Secret Location President James Milward says in a press release.