MINI is the first automotive brand to collaborate with Meta’s Creative Shop to launch an immersive 3D experience in Horizon Worlds. Debuting at the 2022 Cannes Lions: International Festival of Creativity, the MINIverse experience will be available in Meta Horizon Worlds as of June 21, 2022 to all Meta Quest 2 headset users in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Upon entering the MINIverse, fans can engage with others and select their own unique MINI for competitive head-to-head racing. Read on for the full details in the official release.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ, June 21, 2022. MINI USA and its creative agency, Pereira O’Dell have teamed up with Meta Horizon Worlds creators to bring a virtual MINI experience called the MINIverse to life. The MINIverse gives fans the virtual thrill of customizing and racing a MINI with others in a whole new way.
This is the first time an automotive brand has teamed up with Meta’s Creative Shop to create a presence in Meta Horizon Worlds, and MINI is currently one of only a handful of global consumer brands to pioneer a virtual brand experience with Horizon Worlds creators.
“The MINI brand is all about fun and has always stood apart from others in how it brings this fun to life in cheeky and unconventional ways,” said Rah Mahtani, Brand Communications Manager, MINI USA. “MINI is excited to collaborate with Meta’s Creative Shop as the first automotive brand to create a virtual experience in Horizon Worlds, offering the fun of customizing and racing MINIs in this groundbreaking virtual reality.”
Players will have fun customizing their own unique MINI for the track, including changing its colors, adding bonnet stripes, and topping it with a contrast roof – one of MINI’s signature design features. Players can also try on different racing suits just like the ones worn by the MINI John Cooper Works Race Team in real life, and unlock other MINI vehicles, including a special EV model as they win more races in their quest to top the leaderboard and challenge their friends.
Up to four drivers at a time can feel the rush of driving a MINI as they zip around an exhilarating, gravity defying track. To add to the challenge and fun, there is room for spectators to engage and either help or create chaos – press buttons to flick cars off a ramp, or to block them with “whack-a-mole” style pins, or even to help friends with timely speed boosts.
People can also experience the MINIverse on their mobile phone through a new Facebook and Instagram AR effect that brings the racing experience to the palm of their hand.
Launched in 2021, Meta Horizon Worlds is a free social experience that allows people to explore, play and connect in new and extraordinary ways with immersive virtual reality. People can discover new places with friends, compete in action-packed games and interactive experiences, and design worlds of their own or be inspired by others. In Horizon Worlds, people are more than just visitors — they’re part of what makes it great.
“We’re excited for people to jump into the MINIVerse and connect with fellow MINI drivers in this new Horizon World,” said Nicky Bell, VP, Global Head of Creative Shop. “As more brands think about how they will show up in these new immersive spaces, the MINIverse is a great example of how brands can partner with these pioneering VR creators to bring a community together and drive value for the brand.”
“MINI has always been one of the most creatively surprising brands in the universe. Now, we can add the Metaverse to that.” said Nick Sonderup, Executive Creative Director, Pereira O’Dell. “We were thrilled to help bring the most fun car on the road, to a racetrack in a virtual world. Then we drove it, and wow – it’s a blast,”