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VR sci-fi series Halcyon premieres in Middle East

VR sci-fi series Halcyon premieres in Middle East

VR sci-fi series Halcyon is set to premiere in Middle East. NBCUniversal International Networks and OSN, a pay-TV network serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), are giving the MENA region a taste of VR content in the form of Halcyon, a short-form linear virtual reality hybrid series.

The two companies have brought the series to Middle East after launching Syfy, a dedicated sci-fi channel, in the region earlier this week.

Halcyon was showcased at a launch event for the Syfy channel in Dubai, UAE.

Halcyon was showcased at a launch event for the Syfy channel in Dubai, UAE.

Halcyon, which premiered in the Middle East on October 5, is a hybrid virtual reality short-form scripted series available across Syfy channels and companion websites outside the U.S., along with VR platforms Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

Created and produced by Secret Location, a multi-Emmy and Cannes Lion Award-winning content studio that specialises in emerging platforms, Halcyon is a 15-episode short form scripted series, directed by BAFTA-nominated Benjamin Arfmann (Random Stop). The police drama alternates between 10 TV episodes (fully localised in Arabic), and five VR episodes available exclusively on VR platforms.

For viewers who are only watching linear episodes, short recaps of each of the five VR episodes will ensure that all fans are able to follow the complete storyline. Set in the year 2040, the series is centred on Blake Creighton (Michael Therriault), the CEO of the world’s leading Virtual Reality company; Halcyon. Having cornered the market on VR, Halcyon has discarded the VR headset and allows users to access the virtual space using neurological implants that manipulate the senses to create a virtual world. When Creighton is found dead, presumed murdered, Detective Jules Dover (Lisa Marcos) and her partner, Asha (Harveen Sandhu), must consider if this could be the world’s first virtual crime.

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