A new VR experience places the user next to a Syrian refugee family to learn about their difficult journey and where they want to go

The virtual reality experience We Wait was developed by Aardman Animations in collaboration with BBC to have a user simulate what refugees have to go through while they wait for a boat to cross the Mediterranean. The viewer acts a bystander, watching a Syrian refugee family waiting for a boat to travel from Turkey to Greece.

To make the fictional story feel authentic, We Wait was based off of interviews BBC did with refugees. These interviews gave Aardman Animations a  better idea of what the family would look like, sound like and the troubles they would encounter along the way. To make the visual experience further connect with the user, the digital characters notice if the user looks at them and they move to make eye contact similarly to how a real person would.

We Wait will be featured in an exhibit hosted by Publicis Groupe, a French multinational advertising company, at their offices in London from August 17 to September 1.

We Wait

The virtual reality experience We Wait was developed by Aardman Animations in collaboration with BBC to have a user simulate what refugees have to go through while they wait for a boat to cross the Mediterranean. The viewer acts a bystander, watching a Syrian refugee family waiting for a boat to travel from Turkey to Greece.

To make the fictional story feel authentic, We Wait was based off of interviews BBC did with refugees. These interviews gave Aardman Animations a  better idea of what the family would look like, sound like and the troubles they would encounter along the way. To make the visual experience further connect with the user, the digital characters notice if the user looks at them and they move to make eye contact similarly to how a real person would.