If you thought Game of Thrones’ Emmy-winning credit sequence was epic enough on television, you haven’t seen it in virtual reality. During a session at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco, the social network debuted a VR experience based on the epic series’ opening titles.
The 360-degree promo for the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones — a collaborative effort between HBO, Facebook, and Elastic, the design firm behind the original sequence — lets viewers pan and zoom around George RR Martin’s fictional world with a mouse and keyboard. As long as you’ve got a compatible Web browser, a decent Internet connection, and modern processor, you can explore a few of Westero’s most recognizable locations — including King’s Landing, Winterfell, the Wall, and Dorne — from incredible new angles.
Perhaps as a result of the video’s platform agnosticism, it’s already achieved an impressive degree of popularity, racking up more than 3 million views in its first few hours availability. If you’d prefer not to watch VR video in a Web browser, though, you needn’t fret — Facebook says versions of the video compatible with Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift will be released soon.
The video coincides with a flood of Game of Thrones material released earlier this week, including an action-packet trailer and three clips featuring a few faces no doubt familiar to fans of the series.
The 360-degree credit sequence isn’t the only VR experience inspired by Game of Thrones. As part of the traveling Game of Thrones in 2014, game developer Framestore worked with HBO and marketing firm Relevent to produce Ascend the Wall, an interactive game for the Oculus Rift that saw users scale the series’ infamous Wall — a 700-foot man-made barrier of snow and ice.
The sixth season of Game of Thrones debuts on April 24.