SEGA Open New VR Arcade Arena In Japan

SEGA enter the world of location-based VR by launching a VR arena in Akihabara, Japan.

The Club SEGA arcades have been a fixture in Japanese cities for over two decades, featuring some of the most iconic arcade titles from SEGA themselves and from other developers. Now SEGA are bringing virtual reality (VR) to the arcades with the new VR attractions opening at Club SEGA Akihabara New Centre.

The first attraction that will be made available at the VR arcade arena will be Mortal Blitz For Walking Attraction, a room-scale first-person shooter experience developed by Korean developer Sconek Company. Play session times for Mortal Blitz For Walking Attraction are between 8 to 15 minutes, and the title supports up to three-player multiplayer.

The SEGA VR Area at Club SEGA Akihabara is located on the building’s sixth floor. SEGA plan to introduce new VR attractions that have been carefully selected as being ideal for large-scale experiences such as the arcade arena, and which cannot be experienced at home. It is not currently known if any of SEGA’s established IPs will appear in VR.

Out-of-home location-based VR attractions and experiences have become increasingly popular around the world. Location-based experiences have advantages in that they have more space available that is possible in a home environment, and that space is not cluttered. Also, for users who do not have the money available to buy an expensive VR system such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, VR arcades are a way of experiencing VR content that they would not otherwise be able to access.

SEGA VR Area Akihabara will be opening on the 31st of May at 10am. Price for entry will be 1,500 yen.

VRFocus will continue to report on new location-based VR experiences.

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