Ubisoft releases an amusing trailer for Nosulus Rift, special gear that allows South Park: The Fractured But Whole players smell the farts in the game.
One of the hot topics in gaming right now is virtual reality. Numerous companies have stepped forward with their own spin on what a virtual reality headset should be, with Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive leading the pack. However, another company has stepped forward with its own vision of virtual reality, but instead of immersing players through the audio and visual experience, it is targeting another of the five senses: smell.
Ubisoft has created a product it is calling the Nosulus Rift. Designed to work in conjunction with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, it wraps around the player's nose, and unleashes a fart smell whenever the in-game character uses his magical farting attacks. While the Nosulus Rift sounds like something made up for an April Fool's joke, Ubisoft apparently went through the trouble of actually creating it, and will be showing it off at Gamescom next week.
People that visit the Ubisoft booth at Gamescom will have a chance to demo Nosulus Rift while playing South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Ubisoft is expected to bring the technology to other gaming events throughout the rest of the year, leading up to the game's release on December 6th. It is unclear at this time if there are any plans to sell Nosulus Rift as an actual consumer product.
Perhaps Nosulus Rift will come bundled with special editions of the game. There have been plenty of weird items released with special editions of games in the past, with the collector's edition of Black Ops III coming with a working fridge, and a $386,000 version of Dying Light that came with a zombie-proof shelter house. Considering this, it's not totally out of the question that Ubisoft would release an especially expensive version of South Park: The Fractured But Whole that was bundled with Nosulus Rift, and maybe the RC Coon Mobile as well.
In the meantime, hopefully Ubisoft brings more than just Nosulus Rift to Gamescom. It would be nice to see South Park: The Fractured But Whole's reworked combat in action again, or maybe Ubisoft could use Games to show off some of the game's new features, like the female playable character, for instance.
With Ubisoft scheduled to be at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 17th to August 21st, we won't have to wait long to see what it has in store for South Park fans in attendance.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available on December 6th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Nosulus Rift