Stufish – Dragon Quest Live

September 20, 2016
by Tim Rabjohns

Never a dull moment at dotmogo towers – I recently read about Stufish’s Dragon Quest live video game/liveshow hybrid in the Guardian and just had to find out more.  This is a totally new combination of motion graphics in a live show that I hadn’t seen before so I called up CEO Ray Winkler to get the scoop…

Apparently Dragons Quest is about 30 years old and one of Japan’s best known computer game franchises – which takes the player and their chosen character through an elaborate fantasy journey of exploration and excitement that has created a mass following.  unfortunately due to rights restictions, Stufish were not able to make their own video of the show – so, the best I could find is the one above…

It’s quite difficult to judge the scale of this project from the pics and the video above – suffice to say it’s a huge arena with many different sub stages.  Ray elaborated” Nippon TV asked Stufish to design the arena show touring version. Working very closely with Japan’s preeminent live show director Kahori Kanaya, Stufish designed a set that would allow the game characters to embark on their quest through an elaborate and expansive stage layout covering the entire arena floor.
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A centre stage is linked with different island stages through a network of bridges to bring the action deep into the house and close to the fans. Adding to the excitement, Stufish designed bridges that could fly out or create an undulating landscape of bridges and rising island stages.  It fills the entire entire arena floor with eight satellite stages and a further four main stages

Merging 3D video mapping with carefully choreographed live action scenes, the twenty-four 30k projectors recreate the Dragon Quest digital scenery over 52 individually controlled roll drop screens. The roll drop screen raise and lower to provide an ever changing projection landscape. Some very sophisticated software allows the the projectors to be controlled.



dragon-quest-stufish for dotmogo 02Linked together with multiple performer fly tracks, the games characters blend into the projected animation to give the audience the immersive environment of their game.  Although the story is scripted like a theatre show, the idea is that it is so immersive that it has the feeling of being in a game.  The audience loves to get involved and interject as the action is happening before them.

Dragons Quest Live is the first original content arena spectacle in Japan that will tour throughout the country .





For More pics and info go to the Stufish website.  For anyone who is interested – here is some video of the actual video game itself:

I can’t wait for something like this to come to the UK – Half Life the arena show, anyone?

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