Legendary releases VR preview of Warcraft movie

The Legendary app offers a ride on a flying  gryphon over the city of Stormwind.

The Legendary app offers a ride on a flying gryphon over the city of Stormwind.

On Thursday, Legendary Pictures released a preview of the upcoming Warcraft movie — as a virtual reality app for Google Cardboard. Download the iPhone app here and the Android app here.

The film, based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft massively multi-player online roleplaying game, is due out next summer.

Don’t have a Google Cardboard? Legendary Pictures is giving 20 of them away to those who share a promotional Facebook post. And 50,000 more to Comic-Con attendees this week.

Or you can buy your own.

The app works great on the latest smartphones. But even though the ride over the city is pretty short, be prepared for a large download.

The app does not contain any film footage, but digital scenes created for the experience.

The app also includes two other experiences, “Beware Crimson Peak,” a preview of this fall’s Crimson Peak horror movie, and “Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot,” which puts you into the Pacific Rim movie, which came out last year — and which has a sequel slated for 2017.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.