Humiliate and Prank Your Friends in Penn & Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary & Underhanded, Available Now

Learn over a dozen magic tricks and pranks from the legendary entertainers to fool friends and family in a comedic and social VR experience, now available on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive, coming July 9 to PlayStation® VR

FRISCO, Tex. – June 27, 2019 – Gearbox Publishing and Gearbox Software today launched Penn & Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary & Underhanded (Penn & Teller VR: F U, U, U, & U), a comedic social VR experience. Available now for $19.99 on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE and on July 9 for PlayStation® VR, this conniving collection of magical tricks and pranks features instruction from legendary entertainers Penn & Teller. Learn how to pull off each trick with in-game tutorials, then invite your friends and family over to witness the ‘magic’ in VR.

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Gearbox is donating to support UNICEF’s Immunization program through an initial $10,000 by Randy Pitchford, President, CEO and Co-founder of Gearbox Software. An additional $10,000 donation will be made for every 100,000 sales of Penn & Teller VR: F U, U, U, & U.

Penn & Teller VR: F U, U, U, & U uses VR to take magic to a new level, capitalizing on both technological trickery and human deception to fool unsuspecting participants. Guided by Penn & Teller, you’ll learn the inner-workings of over a dozen tricks and pranks ranging from jovial jokes to humiliating hoaxes. After mastering each bit, invite your friends or family to step into VR and unleash magical mayhem at their expense.

“Collaborating with Penn & Teller directly, we’ve created a social experience that combines their unique brand of outrageous comedy with our own creative design in the transformative medium of VR,” said Jacob Lavender, Technical Designer on Penn & Teller VR: F U, U, U, & U. “By introducing the use of a second player outside the headset, we’re influencing gameplay outside of what users typically see with a VR experience.”

Don’t have any friends? Penn & Teller VR: F U, U, U, & U is here for you, inviting players to become a ‘willing’ volunteer in magical acts. Attempt to escape from Houdini’s infamous Water Torture Cell or attempt one of life’s most relaxing vocations – window-washing atop a skyscraper! 

Visit the official website for more information.

Additional assets are available within the press kit.


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