House of Secrets was founded in 2004 by Arjan van Meerten, Sven Neve and Bobby de Groot. As a small vfx business, getting most of its work from commercials that needed some much-needed digital post-production, cgi or vfx.
In between working on commercial assignments, the studio worked on their short animation film ‘Cruise Patrol’, which came out in 2013. Combining the experience of puzzling together ‘Vuurproef’, an immersive experience for a local theme park, making Cruise Patrol and experimenting with virtual reality content in their spare time, a new focus became clear: the studio wanted to make in-house VR experiences.
In 2015, House of Secrets produced its first virtual reality music video: Surge. This real-time animated virtual reality experience was one of the first of its kind. Arjan van Meerten, one of the studio’s co-founders, made the music for it and was the creative lead for the project. House of Secrets helped out with its production. A year later, the studio started working on another VR music video called APEX. This 5-minute experience premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival of 2017.
In 2017, House of Secrets went full-on into the production for their first full game title: KIN. KIN is a VR platformer game with combat elements that will have the player traverse the remnants of an ancient civilization on a distant planet. Throughout your journey through alien landscapes, a story will unfold. KIN is available today on GearVR and Oculus Rift. House of Secrets is pursuing possibilities to share the game and IP with a wider audience in the future.
Today, we are working on a new grande VR project, but are also willing to pursue other projects an collaborations. Don’t hestitate to reach out if you have an idea for collaborations or assignments.