You contributed more than the script writing for this experience; can you share what else you did for Ralph Breaks VR?
I was there from the inception of the design. I collaborated with ILMxLAB and The VOID to invent rooms and experiences, adapting the story as our design and needs changed. I also played a few voices in the experience — I am the voice of the security guard B.E.V., as well as the frenzied bunnies and kittens.
You mentioned the main villain in this experience – named B.E.V. or Built to Eradicate Viruses – which is a totally new character. How did she come to be a part of the story?
At a certain point we needed an antagonist to drive our story forward. It’s a lot of fun to hang with Ralph and Vanellope, so once we knew we weren’t going to have them on a search and rescue mission, we needed a character to chase after us for a showdown. B.E.V. is actually a character we had in early versions of Ralph Breaks the Internet, an anti-virus software who stops at nothing to eradicate viruses. She’s very good at her job.
What’s your favorite moment in the experience?
Every time I go through I find something I hadn’t seen before that becomes my new favorite. (It’s true!)
Why should Ralph Breaks the Internet fans be excited for Ralph Breaks VR?
It’s completely immersive, fun, and funny. Something you truly have to experience to believe. There’s something in there for everybody, and you don’t have to be a gamer to have a great time. I love that I can take my whole family to it — from my youngest tech-savvy cousin to my mom (who still thinks video games cost a quarter)— and know they’ll all have a hilarious time.
Shereif Fattouh, ILMxLAB Producer
How would you describe the story of Ralph Breaks VR?
It’s an all new adventure that you and your friends take with Ralph and Vanellope! Ralph gets a hot tip from one of his old school gaming buddies about the coolest, newest game on the internet, and he wants to break in early to check it out with you. The only problem is, there’s a pretty intense security system called B.E.V. (Built to Eradicate Viruses), who has her eye on you the whole time. Since this is Wreck-it-Ralph we’re talking about, there are all sorts of shenanigans that take place, putting you and your friends in the center of the action.
In Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, you’re disguised as a very well-known generic character – a stormtrooper. Who are you, as the guest, in Ralph and Vanellope’s universe?
In order to dodge B.E.V, you and friends are disguised as “Netizens” (friendly internet citizens), from the world of Wreck-it-Ralph. At the start of the experience, you can choose from among six character cards that have their own unique look and personality; and you can pick whichever Netizen identity you prefer. At the end of the experience, you can even take your Netizen card home with you.