Instructional design
Danny de Bruijn
Founder & CXO

The 3 most effective immersive scenario types

We explain three different types of VR training scenarios. Each with their different purpose and benefit.

Warp Studio enables you to create all kinds of scenarios. We’ve seen a lot of different ones; scenarios we made with our clients, scenarios our clients made themselves and scenarios Warp Experts made for their clients. We found out that you can categorize them into 3 different scenario types. These types are: the guided tour, the information-based scenario, and the story-based scenario. 

These three types have different purposes and benefits. In this blog I will explain to you how we see these different types of scenarios. And how we think you can use them in the most effective way.

Guided tours

Let’s start with the guided tour. These scenarios are often very linear scenarios. While playing these type of scenarios, you follow a certain path and can perhaps answer a question somewhere. Most scene types will be direction scenes, therefore the replayability of this type of scenario is quite low. But then again, they are perfect for onboarding purposes. Playing these scenarios let someone experience a new location. By looking around but also by listening to the environment. You can even let someone walk through an imaginary location in case of a building that doesn’t yet exist. 

A guided tour scenario we made in an industrial setting

Information-based scenarios

This scenario type provides information to target audiences. It’s mostly about sending information and often a relatively linear scenario. You can make a choice, after which feedback is shown in the next scene. Although there is specific feedback to your choice, very often the following scene is the same scene regardless of your initial choice. And you will therefore experience the same ending. This is perfect if you have valuable information that you need to share with lots of people. It could be a scenario about instructions on a new machine. Or you can let the trainee choose a certain part of a machine to get more information about it. That way they can decide what they want to learn more about.

Providing trainees with valuable information in an information-based scenario


Story-based scenarios

A non-linear story, where some of the choices lead to their own branches and endings, is what we call a story-based scenario. Building such a scenario is a great way for trainees to keep on discovering. When they get 1 star, they can try to improve. Even when they get 5 stars, it can still be interesting to experience what happens when you make other choices. These are the interactive story-based scenarios we, at Warp, cannot stop talking about. We love building these scenarios with lots of options, dilemmas and engagement. These scenarios have a high replayability. By creating a story, you can create a training that is very close to real life. That way the gap between theory and practice becomes very small. The trainee can quickly apply what they have learned in the scenario into real-life situations.

A story-based scenario with a narrative, choices and a variety of endings.

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