Explore what was out of reach before - travel to mesmerizing real world places and discover their stories!
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Apr 5, 2016

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August 16, 2018

NEW RELEASE: glückauf! inside Germany's last coal mine

At the end of 2018, Germany's last Coal Mine will end its operations – marking nothing less than the end of an era. We ventured into Germany's industrial heartland, the Ruhr area, for a final descent more than 1200m below ground, scanning the tunnels of Prosper Haniel to preserve this piece of industrial history in volumetric & photorealistic VR for the generations to come.


Starting in lofty heights on the coal preparation plant, users have to find their way to the mining site, passing through the coal mixing dome and lamp storage before descending to the underground train station and from there to the info point and finally, the mining site.
Slightly more linear than our previous pieces, you'll be guided on your way into the mine way by a ‘Kumpel’, a former miner, manifesting as point cloud.

Glückauf! was definitely one of our most challenging production so far. Starting with the fact that none of our equipment is usually allowed in the mine due to risk of triggering mining gas explosions - usually you even have to change your undies to pure cotton ones that don't make sparks. Only after long negotiations a special permit was given under the condition that we had to be accompanied by a group of firefighters and continuous gas measurements. Add to this the huge scale above and the extreme light conditions & narrowness below ground paired with the short time windows, hot & dusty air and extreme light conditions.

Glückauf! Is produced together with German public broadcaster WDR (with whom we already collaborated for the Cologne Cathedral) and is the high end, volumetric part of an ambitious cross media VR project about Germany’s departure from coal mining. The web VR & 360 parts can be checked out here: https://glueckauf.wdr.de/ (German only).
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“This is f*cking awesome!”
Mark Rein, Co-founder Epic Games

“Through the Realities platform, you don’t just explore places you’ve never been before, you see them in an entirely new perspective – and that is pretty powerful.”

“There’s a massive gulf in immersion between just seeing a space like this with a 360 photo compared to being inside a detailed recreation where I can walk around and kneel down to see the dust on the floor.”

About This Game

Explore places that were out of reach before
Realities brings real world locations into VR - interactive & with stunning photo-realism using photogrammetry. Too many amazing sites are too far away, too expensive to get to, closed off to the general public or too dangerous to visit. Explore those places and discover their stories.

Walk through the desolate vastness of Death Valley. Explore the eerie abandonned hospital Beelitz Heilstätten in the former GDR. Marvel at the amazing architecture of one of the largest cathedrals of the world, the Cologne Cathedral. Feel the confinement of a cell in Alcatraz. Set foot inside the ruins of an 800 year old Staufer castle.

Realities is regularly updated with new locations!

Exploring is possible with the HTC Vive & the Oculus Rift

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 or similar
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 or similar
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supports the Oculus remote.
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i7-4770 or similar
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 980 Ti or similar
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supports the Oculus remote.

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