Latest in Gaming

Image credit: Tequila Works/Sony Pictures Virtual Reality

The sequel to the Bill Murray movie 'Groundhog Day' is a VR game

Rise and shine, and don't forget your VR headset.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
02.02.19 in AV
425 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Tequila Works/Sony Pictures Virtual Reality

After 26 years, the hit Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day has a sequel... but it's not a movie at all. Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, MWM Immersive and Rime developer Tequila Works have unveiled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, a VR game for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and Vive. You play Phil Connors' son (appropriately, Phil Connors Jr.) as he encounters a time loop just like his dad, and will remain stuck repeating the day until he "learns the true value of friends and family." As you might imagine, though, the interactive aspect throws a new wrinkle into the story.

Tequila is promising multiple branching story points, and that you'll be a "disruptive element" in the game. If you've ever had the urge to mess with the environment in a VR game (see titles like Job Simulator), you might be happy here. The studio also vows "full interaction" with every non-player character in the game, although it's not clear if you'll have the cathartic joy of punching Ned this time around.

The game sadly isn't available on Groundhog Day. You'll have to wait for its release sometime later in 2019. It's still a treat if you're the sort of fan who can quote the movie verbatim, mind you. It's also an example of how Hollywood studios are approaching VR: they see it as a way to extend the experience of a movie without committing to a whole new film, whether the follow-up is a true sequel or a nice-to-have side story.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
425 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
‘Untitled Goose Game’ arrives today on Mac, PC and Switch

‘Untitled Goose Game’ arrives today on Mac, PC and Switch

View
One of the best mice on the market is on sale for $67

One of the best mice on the market is on sale for $67

View
The best home security system

The best home security system

View
Not even Allbirds is safe from Amazon's copycat ways

Not even Allbirds is safe from Amazon's copycat ways

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr