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Inside VR & AR (Jul 17th, 2017)

Disney revealed its new multiplayer game Marvel Powers United VR at the D23 Expo. The game is being developed by Oculus and Sanzaru Games and will be available exclusively on Oculus. It's a multiplayer title where users can opt for one of a dozen Marvel superhero characters, including the Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon. The game is slated for a 2018 release. — VERGE

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WaveOptics, a U.K. startup that creates optics for AR, raised more than $15.5 million in a Series B round of funding. The money came from previous investors Octopus Ventures, Touchstone Innovations plc, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, along with new investor Gobi Ventures, and is one of the biggest funding rounds this year for a European startup. The WaveOptics technology uses hologram physics and photonic crystals to channel light input from a micro display on the lens. — VENTUREBEAT

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An update to the Oculus Medium 3D sculpting tool allows a Studio Share feature to add other users. The multiplayer feature currently only supports two users at a time, and users work on individual projects rather than collaborating on a single project, but they can communicate and look at each other's work. This app feature will make it possible to teach new artists how to sculpt in the medium. The update also introduces a new set of tools for VR artists. — ROADTOVR

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Lenovo revealed a new AR headset with a sneak peek of its Star Wars-themed AR app. Lenovo partnered with Disney to create Jedi Challenges, and the trailer previewed at the D23 Expo. The AR experience includes Holochess and a light saber sequence. Few details about the new AR headset are available, but according to the video preview,  a compatible mobile device is needed to run the app. There is no release date yet for the headset or the app. — UPLOAD VR 

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A new VR game Lila's Tale is controlled by the user's eyes rather than hands. The title is the first to come from Skullfish Studios, and its cofounders Gabriela Thobias and Rafael Ferrari received funding from the GameFounders accelerator program last year. Lila's Tale does not use eye-tracking but instead moves in the direction the Gear VR headset is oriented toward to solve connect-the-dots puzzles. Only the demo is available now, but the full game will be released later this year. — UPLOADVR

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Disney is remaking "The Lion King" in VR. A clip from the new version of the classic film previewed at Disney's D23 Expo to a crowd of about 7,000 people. The remake is being directed by John Favreau, who worked with WEVR last year on the VR series Gnomes and Goblins. "The Lion King" features an all-star cast for the voices: Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon) and John Oliver (Zazu). — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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