With photos and memories from a few years ago, I set out to achieve a detailed, realistically designed recreation of the renowned Japanese shrine, Fushimi Inari Taisha. I feel like the real place has a very culturally unique significance, I personally had a great time exploring it a few years ago. I've designed this environment to be experienced from a first person perspective, with the aim of allowing the player to be immersed in the same kind of atmosphere as the real place.
(engine / photo comparison)
The map is very extensive to explore with shrine gates laid out over the entire mountainside. I've tried to include a lot of variance in different parts of the mountain, with lots of points of interest to discover and many branching/intertwining paths to encourage you to make choices with your exploration. Take photos with the in-game camera, customize the soundtrack, walk around at your own pace. There is a checklist of locations to find as well as some hidden areas, and also a small ending.
I feel thankful that higher fidelity 3d environments have become more achievable by everyone, and not only AAA game developers. I had a blast creating this project and feel like it's really improved my skills with unreal engine. hope you enjoy exploring
Explore the Shrine in VR! ($5) **1.0 released 16th Aug 19
If you own a VR headset, you can immerse yourself even more in the world with the VR compatible version I've built. I was happily surprised with how well the scene runs in virtual reality, the quality is almost on par with the desktop version and it still runs great. Everything from the desktop version is here, with an included functional DSLR camera which allows you to take advantage of motion controls to be more creative with your shooting. I spent a while refining these camera mechanics, among other VR optimisations, so thanks in advance if you choose to try this version out!
*Fully compatible with Oculus Rift, only partially compatible with HTC Vive (looking to fix this soon)
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Check out my other exploration game set in New Zealand:
GTX 1050Ti for Desktop, GTX 1060 for VR
Special thanks to the dudes at Chillhop for providing me with a licence for the song "Pickt" used in the VR version.
All music used in the free version was selected from some of my favourite artists, you can find their spotify links listed in the game's 'info' menu.