Ghost in the Shell gets a VR movie and a 4D chair to boot

The VR experience comes ahead of Hollywood's 2017 adaptation of the franchise, and celebrates Ghost in the Shell's 25th anniversary.

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Fans of Ghost in the Shell may be observing its Hollywood adaptation with skepticism, but they'll soon have a sparkly new VR experience to ease those nerves.

Production I.G., the Japanese anime studio behind the Ghost in the Shell series, will soon release the "Virtual Reality Driver", a VR experience set in the Ghost in the Shell world.

The story will take you on The Major's dangerous mission tracking down a cyber terrorist, the experience allowing you to watch the action unfold with full 360 degrees viewing.

Along with the movie, Production I.D. is partnering up with TELEPOD, a chair-based 4D VR system, to make the experience even more immersive. The chair will give physical feedback using vibrations, giving that extra oomph to the action.

It comes ahead of Hollywood's take on Ghost in the Shell, the feature slated for 2017. Long-awaited, DreamWorks has been working on the project since 2008. The film will star Scarlett Johansson, a casting decision that has led to some fans accusing the company of "whitewashing" the Japanese franchise.

The experience, already available at internet cafes throughout Tokyo, will come to the App Store and Google Play by the end of the year. The company said it's also considering releasing the VR movie to Playstation VR once the headset is released next month.

You can find an early trailer for the flick here, but beware -- it contains some nudity.