BBC Worldwide is producing its first virtual reality content after striking a partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus.

Three virtual reality experiences are being produced by BBC Earth, which will immerse viewers in the daily adventures of a Caracal Cat, an Oogpister Beetle and Black Bears.

All three virtual reality experiences will be released separately on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR platforms this January and will be available free to download for the first three months.

Julia Kenyon, Global Brands Director for BBC Worldwide said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Oculus to give audiences a completely different insight into the natural world. By allowing users to immerse themselves in the environments of these three animals, we are hoping to bring people rich and unforgettable adventures different from any traditional natural history series.’’

Included in the three experiences will be ‘Cat Flight’, featuring the incredible leap of the Caracal Cat. By integrating computer generated imagery into 360 degree video, users will be able to uncover the mystery behind how these predators survive in the wild.

The second experience, ‘Oogie’, will be an interactive CGI game featuring the Oogpister Beetle as it scurries through the African Savannah. Based on real life footage from BBC Earth, the player will get to take on the form of the beetle and encounter the daily challenges of the creature.

The third experience, ‘Bear Island’, presents an interactive 360 degree video where users will join Black Bears on a journey to the banks of an Alaskan river full of life.

Staff Reporter

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