Our studio is pleased to announce it will be showing an in-progress version of its interactive documentary and virtual reality title Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel at London Book Fair 2017.
Built in partnership with leading academics studying the infamous serial killer, as part of our critically acclaimed GameTheNews initiative, this groundbreaking work explores the world of the 19th Century, highlights the abject poverty many citizens faced in society at the time, and presents a number of the events surrounding and linked to the horrific crimes of Jack the Ripper.
By giving each participant of the experience the opportunity to immerse themselves in a newspaper ink-stained Victorian London through the power of cutting edge VR design and technology, Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel brings a world from nearly 130 years ago into sharp relief for an intelligent modern audience.
This is the first time anyone outside of the Auroch Digital team will have the opportunity to try the work for themselves, and can be found at Stand 2B15 in the Cross Media Lounge at the London Book Fair.
For Auroch, an international exhibition for the world of literature was the obvious choice to show the latest in our long line of “serious games”. We believe Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel is a big step forward in the emerging field of interactive documentary - a vivid and immediate medium to explore times gone by, inaccessible environments, and literary universes with rich themes and narratives. It's the perfect digital space where challenging topics can be grappled with and complex ideas can be presented in startling simplicity - making the intangible real and the historical relevant.
Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel of course adds to our upcoming line-up of IP-based work, including Dark Future: Blood Red States (Games Workshop), Ogre (Steve Jackson Games), Elections of US America Election: The Card Game (Wonkette), and other (currently unannounced) high profile projects, further adding to our storied legacy of working with brands and organisations (BBC, Wellcome Trust, Nesta) to deliver compelling digital experiences.
If you're headed to London Book Fair 2017 make sure to swing by Stand 2B15 in the Cross Media Lounge to give the project a go for yourself!
We're excited to share more news of the title publicly in the coming months, but if you're keen to find out more before then, please get in touch.