We are a team of veteran developers, artists and sound designers, specializing in creating interactive experiences.
MOBILE • CONSOLE • 360° FILMS • VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) • AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
You are Agent Zero. Your mission is to assassinate Benjamin Miller, a radical journalist who broke into CIA facilities and stole top secret chemical weapons research. Things quickly take a dark turn as you learn the truth of what Miller was searching for that night.
About The Project
Construct Studio were tasked with creating a Virtual Reality room scale experience that would tell an immersive story focused on the CIA’s MKULTRA mind control experiments. The goal was to show off our abilities as experience designers, as well as deliver a first class narrative virtual reality experience based on a true, terrifying story.
We had a few design goals we wanted to achieve with this experience. The first was to tell a mature complex story through interaction. We developed four different iterations of the story through the course of several months. We further refined the interactions and level design to create an immersive space that would convey the intended story. In addition we wanted to create a fully immersive environment that required no traditional UI. All UI in the experience is skeuomorphic, and involves real world interactions. We developed a movement system based on doors.
During the production of Price of Freedom we discovered that creating quality, immersive Virtual Reality required more time and refinement than traditional games. During development we began developing in house tools to speed up the 3D modeling to Game Engine Pipeline: these tools would be the beginnings of Vera.
The Price of Freedom was released in Dec. 2016 to overwhelming success. The experience has recieved near unanimous critical praise for its immersive story and retains a 97% positive rating on Steam. The experience has been featured at Sundance, and nominated for Best Narrative Experience and Best Cinematic Experience at Unity Vision Summit and Best VR Game at the Brazilian Indie Game Awards.
AR CHRISTMAS TREE
Developed for the VR Scout Christmas Party in conjunction with ADVR, this Christmas tree is a magical holiday experience. Users watch as an AR Christmas Tree grows before their eyes. Users can place ornaments and season greetings on the tree, as well as browse messages left by other guests in real time. As the night goes on the tree fills up and sparkles with life.
About The Project
Despite the time pressure, we were able to design and develop a complete, magical experience. We took great care with user flow design, planning how users would approach the tree, move through the space, and designing the steps to create and decorate the tree to be as intuitive as possible, requiring less intervention from VRScout staff. We also focused on creating small surprises, such as a train, special effects, and fun ornaments, further enhancing the experience.
The client requested an AR Christmas Tree large enough to walk around, and that would be in the same spot for every person at the event. Thus the tree needed to generate on a marker, retain its position in the room even when its marker wasn’t visible in the device - something out of box AR packages such as Vuforia does not provide. We devised our own technical method to achieve this, and were able to deliver the experience the client requested.
In the end we were proud to deliver a refined holiday experience in a short amount of time, and received great positive feedbacks from the party guests about the experience.
Imago is a 10 minute Virtual Reality short film, designed to explore serious storytelling in the VR Space. Viewers of IMAGO can look around a full 360 degrees, and experience 3D audio. Sam is a former dancer, who now suffers from Locked In Syndrome – the inability to move or communicate, despite being aware of one’s surrounding’s. Viewers are taken on a journey through Sam’s mind and explores Sam’s relationships, fears and hopes, all told through narrative, dance, and abstract imagery.
About The Project
The members of Construct were approached with a client project to research emotion in the brand new medium of 360 film. In the process, the team produced the 10 minute, award winning piece Imago. We researched and documented different techniquest and immersion methods for creating presence in a Virtual Reality space.
With 360 film being such a new medium, the team spent time researching film and trying different techniques to create emotional immersion and presence. Noting the lack of interaction in the medium, we developed a story centered around a character with Locked in Syndrome (the inability to move), and designed a ten minute experience split narrative, dance performance, and abstract 3D environment to tell the character’s inner story. We played with moments of giving and denying eye contact to create empathy for the plight of the main character: a key component to immersion in 360 film.
The project preceded the advent of 360 film cameras, so the team used a rig with GoPro cameras, and painstakingly stitched together the footage after filming. Realizing the importance of a clean stitch to immersion, and the lack of guidance in stitching 360 video, the team developed their own techniques for stitching the film.
The resulting piece and research was featured in the VR Village at Siggraph. In addition Imago was honorable mention for Best 360 Film at the Unity VR/AR Vision Summit, and featured at ArtandVR, San Francisco Virtual Reality (SFVR), VIVID Toronto Pop-up Cinema, and The Art of Dying Virtual+Augmented Reality Art Show.