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Führerbunker VR is currently work in progress. There are many placeholders and unfinished areas that will be completed in the final product. Check out the FAQ where we answer the most pressing questions.
Responsible education, not mystification: Führerbunker VR is a historically authentic experience for VR and non-VR systems about the last days of the Third Reich in Adolf Hitler’s air raid shelter under the Berlin Reich Chancellery.
The site was completely reconstructed (pre- and main bunker) and can be explored in real-time 3D (powered by Unreal Engine). The user can move around freely or discover the bunker via a guided tour. The events that took place in the shelter during the last days of WW2 are portrayed through 3D scenes or narrated. The VR visitor is put right in the middle of the action.
One of the core ideas behind Time & History is to make interesting, but destroyed or far away historical places accessible to EVERYONE without having to spend a lot of money or the need to travel.
You can simply download Führerbunker VR and experience it on your PC in the comfort of your home.
A VR headset is highly recommended, but not required.
The best way to experience our projects is via a VR headset like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows MR ets., as they give you the possibility to visit the places as if you were there, move around freely and inspect the environment from every angle in true 3D. That’s what our projects are developed for.
However, if there are no VR glasses connected to your PC, the application detects this and starts on your standard PC display. The user interface (menu, navigation, etc.) adapts automatically, so you can use Führerbunker VR without a VR headset.
The discrepancy between Nazi Germany’s propaganda and the reality of its inevitable downfall reveals a lot of the Third Reich’s horror and madness. Experiencing the collapse of the Third Reich via VR from the perspective of its main actors impressively conveys the contrast between the propagated superiority and the ideology’s meager, brutal and hopeless reality.
Cowering in tiny rooms, ten meters below the ground and behind four-meter-thick walls, accompanied by flickering light and constant, dull artillery fire, the bizarre and claustrophobic end-time atmosphere is in focus; with all its human catastrophes in the last days of the Third Reich.
The closed beta of Führerbunker VR is planned for fall 2019. Public release will follow straight after. During beta, last technical and historical details will be adjusted. If you pre-order Führerbunker VR or support Time & History via Patreon you’ll participate in the closed beta right from day one.
The choice is yours: With a compatible VR setup, you can explore the world both walking (room-scale), as well as via teleport movement sitting at your desk (seated experience).
If you do not have VR glasses, you can also experience Führerbunker on a standard PC screen.
System requirements depend on whether you want to run the experience with a VR headset or on a standard monitor.
When running Führerbunker VR on an HMD, we recommend a GTX 1060 as the minimum GPU, 16 GB of RAM and an adaequate processor.
For a standard monitor, you can run the project on a significantly less meaty system. A GTX 950 (or aequivalent) GPU and 8 GB of RAM shoud be sufficient for full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). If you run Führerbunker on lower resolutions, even far less powerful systems should be able to run the application.
You may not only explore the entire bunker as if you were there, but also witness the chaotic and dreadful events in the shelter during the last days of the Third Reich. Many scenes will be narrated through dioramas, where you’re placed between the protagonists.
There are countless locations and events suitable for conveying the absurdity and cruelty of National Socialism. But especially the so-called Führerbunker offers a concentrate of madness, which was so characteristic of the Third Reich.
Already the start of its construction sports a little-known bizarre secret: While Hitler still preserved the appearance of politics through diplomacy in 1935 (four years before the beginning of the war), he adds a ballroom for official events to the Berlin Reich Chancellery, which is completed in January 1936.
What no one suspects: The opulent pillars of the banquet hall, which were modeled after ancient columns, formed a static stabilizing unit with the newly created bunker below the ballroom.
If walls could speak: As the visitor explores Führerbunker VR, every room reveals its history: the meeting room in which Hitler accused his generalship of treason, the room where Eva Braun became Ms. Hitler, the Göbbels family’s quarters, in which Magda Göbbels killed her six children, the lounge in which Hitler fancied miracle weapons and secret war plans, the corridor in which Hitler made his aide promise to burn his and Eva Braun’s corpse, Hitler’s study in which he committed suicide with Eva Braun on 30 April 1945 and many more…