08 FEB 2019: Wellington, New Zealand’s innovative capital, has transformed itself into what is believed to be the world’s first gamified virtual city. Virtual Wellington allows people to explore and interact with the city without boarding a plane. It includes an interactive game, WellTown, available for free download in the Steam and Oculus VR stores, and 360-video tours around Wellington attractions, education institutions and workplaces.

WellTown takes VR users on a fun, gamified tour around Wellington, a small and compact city surrounded by hills and a harbour, famous for its cafés, art and culture, and movie industry.

Made up of six short virtual experiences, players can take an underwater dive in Wellington’s pristine harbour as a curious whale swims by, listen to the dawn chorus of birdsong in the native bush that surrounds the city, busk with a local band on Cuba Street, stand beneath a starlit sky during Matariki (Māori New Year), help people take a leap off a diving platform on Wellington’s vibrant waterfront, and shoot coffee at caffeine-deprived zombies as they finish their morning commute.

After completing each experience, players receive a physical adornment, which transforms them (or at least the avatar they’ve chosen) into their best, most creative self.

For those wanting to take a closer look at what Wellington has to offer, Explore More provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in some of Wellington’s most iconic experiences via 360 video – from an All Blacks rugby match at Westpac Stadium to a special glimpse of a Weta Studio Tour at the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop.

Players can switch between the WellTown and Explore More components of Virtual Wellington as an outrageous local guides users around the “coolest little capital in the world.”

The game was created by WellingtonNZ, the region’s tourism organization.

Watch the video snippet of WellTown above.

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