Showcases: XR Stories announced

The Immersive Futures Lab showcases cutting edge prototype projects and creative R&D at BEYOND Conference.Here are two of this year’s exciting new showcases, by the team at XR Stories, specialising in research and development for the future of immersive and interactive storytelling.


The Abandoned LibraryIn a future Northern England devastated by climate change, an environmental worker uncovers an abandoned library where books and technology have fused into the architecture and landscape to create new stories.

The Abandoned Library is a short immersive work of fiction for VR by Wakefield-based studio Dreaming Methods exploring themes of climate change, displacement and artificial intelligence. The work incorporates real-time 3D graphics, immersive audio, poetry and archival film footage. The Abandoned Library has been selected for BAFTA and BIFA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival and Bolton Film Festival in 2023.

Watch the trailer and experience this tethered VR experience at BEYOND!


Dead Good Venues by XR StoriesDead Good Venues is a prototype VR experience created by Pittswood, that explores the cultural heritage of northern music venues.

Combining traditional documentary techniques along with immersive VR game engine technology Pittwood and XR Stories created a hybrid grassroots cultural heritage storytelling experience, unearthing what it takes to create a vibrant live music venue via stories, artefacts and reconstruction.

The experience focuses on The Duchess (1988-2000), its community impact, the famous bands who passed through and the characters who frequented and made this space into such a culturally important venue. This project aims to highlight the importance of grassroots venues both on a local community scale as well as a further reaching major industry level.

Watch this space for more showcase announcements coming soon.