The Guardian has developed a new virtual reality (VR) experience that lets audiences explore London’s Victorian sewers. The project is the first in a series of six films the outlet will produce for Daydream View, Google’s headset for mobile VR content, over the next 18 months.
Underworld, created by the Guardian’s in-house VR team and The Mill, allows viewers to take their own journey from one of London’s lost waterways, the old River Fleet, through to blood sewers under Smithfield Market and then on to the floodgates of the River Thames.
Francesca Panetta, executive editor, virtual reality, at the Guardian, explained that the publisher wanted to continue experimenting with interactive storytelling after the success of its 6×9 VR project.
“We are looking to do a range of virtual reality projects at the Guardian – everything from hard news to softer pieces, and this experience really represents a feature within VR,” she said.