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Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien Covenant VR experience


As part of the media push surrounding the premiere of Alien Covenant (set to debut May 19th), Twentieth Century Fox and its compatriots are offering up a VR teaser — Alien: Covenant In Utero.

This non-Nirvana related

 short puts an audience inside the moment of birth for Alien’s eponymous aliens. The short (much like the album from which it does not take its name) is bloody, terrifying, and incredible.

In “In Utero”, one can hear the terrified cries of the humans witnessing to the alien birth, and the increasing heart beats — and bodily reactions — of the host as the “neomorph” struggles to burst free.

The mini-experience, which clocks in at around 90 seconds or so, is available now on the Oclulus Video app through the Rift, or the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. A 360 immersive trailer is also available on Facebook.

VR experiences are nothing new for Fox, which had its first foray into short- and long-form virtual reality with its teaser and virtual reality experience for another Ridley Scott creation “The Martian”.

Ultimately, moviegoers balked at paying $20 for a thirty minute virtual reality experience, but Fox is hoping that second time’s the charm.

Alongside RSA VR (the newly formed virtual reality division of Ridley and Tony Scott’s studio), FoxNext VR Studio, MPC VR

(a Technicolor company), sound engineering studio Mach1 Studios, AMD Radeon, and Dell’s Alienware gaming computers Fox is taking the show on the road and will be hitting 15 Regal Cinemas movie theaters across the country to let moviegoers try out what Fox hopes will be the next wave of entertainment.

Beginning May 10th, a week before the Alien: Covenant release, the In Utero show will be available across all mobile and tethered VR platforms including Google’s Daydream View, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

“With the In Utero experience, audience participation is taken to a whole new level. You get to be a Neomorph, exploring what’s happening around you and within you,” said Scott in a statement.

Scott, who produced the VR experience handed directing reins over to newcomer Adam Karlak, who made a name for himself in the sci-fi film community with his short film Rise.