The Ring Experience
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The Ring Experience lets attendees explore the story of the mysterious Halo Array through artifacts that leap off the levels and pages of some of your favorite Halo titles. At the center of the Ring Experience is a visually immersive, multi-projector, dome-based theatrical experience, featuring a never-before-seen exploration of a Halo ring, giving fans a brand-new appreciation for the sheer scale and magnitude of these ancient installations.
The experience takes place in a Remote Display Capsule dome eight meters in diameter where a direct feed from a UNSC OQ-45 Honeybee is used to fully give the viewer a full wrap-around fly-through view of a Halo rings environments, substructures, creatures, and machines.
"RDC Link Established" appears to the audience, as the dome polarises to showcase deer-like creatures on a plain.
The drone flies up into space to fly to another part of the ring.
Behind the scenes
343 Industries partnered with Falcon's Creative Group and Herschend Live to digitally visualise elements from a Halo ring. The dome was designed to be pitched down by 12 degrees to make sure the content would appear at eye level for the audience. The layout and choreography of the experience were reviewed in VR to preview the sight lines of the venue, before rendering and compositing the footage at 7K resolution. The content was rendered using a spherical camera before being converted to a dome master format for the final presentation.
Falcon's had to develop propriety instancing tools to set-dress the 3D environments with large amounts of assets. In beginning development, they skipped a 2D storyboard animatic phase and went straight into 3D production to allow them to quickly visualize the scale and scope of what they were creating. The team employed the World Creator software to quickly generate terrain while they were deciding on camera flight paths. All assets for the scene were built in real-world scale - the Halo is 10,000km wide and the planet it orbits is 95,000km wide. Because of this, Falcon's had to generate several levels of detail for each terrain due to the scope of the area needed. The environments on the ring were created using landscape tiles that could be procedurally generated, allowing for quick iteration and kitbashing to construct the environments. The tiles were then placed according to the camera flight path to help optimise load and render times, with areas closer to the camera using additional LIDAR and photogrammetry to blend each terrain for additional realism. Several layers of volumetric dust were rendered for the desert environment.
The ring's fauna were generated using crowd simulation and a handful of hero animations, with all of the relevant models and textures created specifically for the experience. The models of John-117 and the M12 Warthog were created using existing models, but re-textured to match the quality bar of the other assets.
The experience was the winner of the MUSE award for the Experiential and Immersive and Exhibition Experiences categories.
Behind the scenes