The Classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog Day, receives a sequel as a VR game
In the classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a television weatherman. He is sent on assignment to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day, a superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow and sees its shadow, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks.
Phil’s producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell) wants to stay and cover the festivities and events. Phil has other plans and wants to return to Pittsburgh but a snow blizzard forces them to stay in Punxsutawney overnight.
When Phil wakes the next morning he is rather bemused to discover it’s Groundhog Day…again. Before long Phil realises he is stuck in a time loop and has to figure out a way to break the cycle.
Whilst the film wasn’t an immediate success upon release, its status has grown over time. A sequel, as far as I know, was never considered.
On February 2nd, which is Groundhog Day, Sony released a trailer for Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son.
As the trailer and synopsis reveal, you will play as Phil Connors Jr who has also becomes stuck in the town of Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day.
It will be interesting to see how developers, Tequila Works, have not only come up with a sequel to a much-loved film but also incorporate that into an immersive VR game.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son will be released on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive later this year.
“In Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, you’ll play as the charming but arrogant Phil Connors Jr., who grew up in the shadow of his father — a man who spent a lifetime repeating a single day until he had made it perfect. But for Phil Jr., today is the worst day of his life. He’s trapped back home in Punxsutawney, the small town he thought he’d escaped, where he can’t even get a decent cappuccino — and he’s going to have to repeat the day over and over, until he learns the true value of friends and family.”