Lone Wolves Stick Together, roleplaying in Virtual Reality

From immersion to participatory storytelling: bridging Film, Nordic Larp, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality

Nadja Lipsyc, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Norwegian Film School

Lone Wolves Stick Together is a Virtual Reality project for six players, that explores the possibilities of combining immersive Film and Animation with LARP tools for interactivity, embodiment, interpretation, and participatory fiction.

The story follows on from Stalker by Tarkovski, using similar themes and surreal settings to investigate one main question: Is it worth cheating fate to fulfill our deepest desires?

The art-research will emphasize five main hypothesis: 1. LARP can be a model “in real life” of VR and MR narrative potentials and techniques. 2. Sensorial stimuli can palliate to the lack of haptic and olfactory information. 3. VR and MR are a fertile ground for unforeseen collaborative storytelling. 4. “Immersivism”, or the quest of hyper-engaging experiences, is a form of hedonism that requires an ethical reflection. 5. Immersion doesn’t exist.