Virtual Reality (VR) Arcade centres are becoming an increasingly popular method for people to try out VR technology, without the expense of buying a full VR rig or the limitation of mobile VR. Last year, Raw Data developer Survios announced its intention to enter the VR Arcade business, and that plan is now moving forward with the announcement of its first location.
Survios co-founder James Iliff posted a short video clip on Twitter of the Survios staff preparing for the opening of the first Survios VR Arcade location in the US. The Tweet confirmed that the Grand Opening of the centre would be coming soon to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California.
The developers have created a new version of Raw Data to give visitors to the centres a more streamlined experience of the title. As such, Raw Data Arcade will feature faster loading times, simpler in-game menus and an improved matchmaking system as well as additional admin tools for arcade operators. The arcade version will have multiple game modes, including fully-unlocked quickplay, a match-based hero progression and customisable gameplay timers for both short and long gameplay sessions.
Recently Survios also signed a new distribution deal with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) to bring the VR tie-in to the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to its VR centres. Jumanji: The VR Adventure allows audiences to enter a fully interactive 3D jungle and take control of their favourite movie characters, building a team in order to lift the Jumanji curse.
Survios’ other major VR title, Sprint Vector will also feature as part of the arcade experience. Being tailored towards a fast-paced and very physical form of e-sports, Survios have announced that Sprint Vector tournaments will be taking place globally head of the launch date.
An exact date for the opening of the Survios VR Arcade has yet to be confirmed, but VRFocus will be sure to inform you once the date is known.