Tombs of NY - A Speculative VR Tour Experience
Tombs of NY is a speculative far-future VR series which takes place in the abandoned tunnels of New York’s former subway.
The caverns are now home to billionaire tombs, corporate bunkers and celebrity doomer palaces guarded by sophisticated traps and automated systems.
As a tourist-looter underground, you will discover the buried secrets and most of all the priceless treasures that have been hidden away for centuries.
I began work on the design phase of this project through Out in Tech's mentorship program, many thanks to my mentor Zach Deocadiz and to all the people who make OiT possible.
To base the experience off the real subway, I documented as many aspects of the MTA as possible.
Photos included signage, door locks, grit and grime, machine interfaces, maps, train signals and more.
The subway system is so rich with details that usually go unobserved.
Interactions: Card Machine Interface
As any commuter knows, getting a fare card is best done quickly. To simulate this experience, I simplified the usual MetroCard acquisition interface.
First the user taps start, then selects the card and enters their pin number (any #). After that the machine processes the transaction and issues the Card.
The touch buttons pop out of the screen for more tactility in anticipation of future interfaces that might be implemented by the time this game occurs.
Assets: Tile and Placards
Interactions: Check Inventory
The game inventory is implanted in the user’s left hand.
Easy to check, simply turn the hand over to display your keys and TombCard.
Smooth and intuitive gesture controls that are ideal for VR.
Assets: TombCard and Key
The TombCard is based off the original MetroCard and the Key is created from research into subway car keys. Both tools are thickened and made more dimensional for greater ease of use interacting in VR.
Interactions: Swipe TombCard
You can spot New Yorkers by their flawless swipe.
The user has to swipe their TombCard at the correct speed to gain entry to the caverns below.
Screen says Enter to tell user what action to perform, and the swipe slot has been enlarged for ease of use. The turnstile has big indicators to show successful swipe.
If a card swipe is too slow the turnstile will flash a red X, if the swipe is fast enough a green checkmark flashes and the turnstile will be activated