Why play a game when you can live it?” ask the creators of The Void, the world’s first virtual reality theme park. Want to find out what it feels like to wander around in the jungle during the Jurassic age, or explore a truly terrifying haunted house? Zoom around skyscrapers in a flying car? The Void basically enables you to star in your own action movie, alone or with a group of friends, in a VR experience that far surpasses anything you could do with a headset on your couch.
Check out this pretty epic trailer:
Here is The Void’s Vision: We live in an age where endless entertainment options exist at our fingertips, yet we still have a real need to get out of the house and share new experiences with our friends and family. At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the Future of Entertainment. Only limited by imagination, our advanced Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way. Our Virtual Entertainment Centers (VECs) are coming to major cities throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. More than watching a movie or playing a game … in THE VOID you will live an adventure.
The center will combine the physical environment with virtual reality technology to create what could be the ultimate gaming experience. The Void CEO Ken Bretschneider, who has invested $13 million of his own money in the project, hopes it will “fulfill a promise of what a virtual reality (VR) experience can and should be.”
The Void aims for the theme park to be affordable and accessible to a wide range of people, with each experience lasting for 30 minutes and tickets seen costing between $29 and $39.
While there is no cut and dry timeline for when paying customers will get their first taste of The Void, the first center is scheduled to begin construction in September, and open in June 2016. If all goes well, other centers will be opened far faster, as the template for their design will be much improved.
Beyond the physical centers there’s also talk of an online experience where those who’ve booked a place in a particular game can learn about the environment they’re going to be playing in and level up their character through free to play games on their smartphones.
I personally am not much of a gamer myself but I cannot deny that this certainly excites me. And if it’s going to get all of those ‘stay at home’ gamers off of the couch and being more active then surely that has to be a good thing also?
Check out their website to learn more > TheVoid.com