Virtual Reality is hitting the jackpot in perfecting people’s need to escape from reality. It’s becoming big all over the world – and with good reason – everyone wants the chance to escape to a new and exciting world with friends. From the new VR rollercoaster at Brittain’s Alton Towers Resort, called Galactica – to Utah’s The Void, which uses VR in combination with a specially designed suit and environment to immerse you completely into what they call hyper-reality.
They even recently partnered with the China-based Shanda Group to build China’s first VR theme park. The people of Australia are no strangers to VR immersion either, with Zero Latency who have seen thousands walking through their VR multiplayer simulation in their warehouse in Melbourne.
The EXA VR Theme Park in Malaysia
Now VR is going big in Malaysia with a VR Theme park which will be based in Kuala Lumpur set to open sometime early next year. EXA Global (a subsidiary of Havson Group Berhad) recently announced their plans of opening the theme park, giving a couple of details, but not divulging much yet. The company stated that they will have people don VR headsets, guns and a backpacks with a built-in computer and join others in a large empty space for some good ‘ol first-person shooting. So far, it doesn’t seem that different from the gear and experience you can expect from Zero Latency. There’s much information that still needs to be released, like the game they will be using (which they are building themselves), and we’re expecting to hear more about it in the next few months. While EXA is handling the software – an alien-themed FPS game – their partner DJM is busy building the hardware.“We are introducing many levels to the game – for instance, players will be able to track the improvements they make to their characters. They can eventually do things like upgrade their weapons, body armour and so on. There is a continuity to the game’s storyline,” said Richard Lee, the CEO of EXA Global. [Source: thestar.com] Up to four players will be able to play together at a time and there will be three rooms available for the games when the park opens in 2017, according to Lee. Another add-on will be a VR Museum as well as a VR Arcade Centre where people will be able to play VR arcade games.
After opening its doors next year, the EXA VR Park will be the third of its kind in the world. The idea of VR theme parks is still quite fresh – but already companies are seeing the potential – with a rising demand from consumers for an accessible way to experience immersive location-based VR in groups.“The theme park is a family entertainment centre where everyone, especially gamers and sci-fi fans, can immerse themselves in the world of virtual reality,” said Lee. [Source: thestar.com] Players will get about 60 minutes of gameplay for RM75 – which is just over $18.