There have been a slowly increasing number of large-scale, location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences based on popular entertainment franchises. Jurassic World is now joining that list thanks to the work of VRstudios and Dave & Buster’s.
VRStudios provide solutions for location-based multiplayer VR experiences, and will be using its VRcade platform to manage the new Dave & Buster’s Jurassic World VR experience.
The deployment of the VRcade Attraction Management Platform (AMP) is part of a wider collaboration between Dave & Buster’s and VRStudios, with the two companies working together to build all the key components of the new attraction, including the VR hardware and motion control software.
The VRcade AMP has been designed to offer easy deployment and control for local operators. The system has a central user interface which covers areas such as motion control, status monitoring, content management and even customer line management. All of this can be operated from a touchscreen tablet, with a specific profile for each employee.
“We are honored to be a trusted partner to Dave & Buster’s, the leading restaurant/entertainment complexes in North America,” said Kevin Vitale, VRstudios CEO. “Their new attraction is a breakthrough for extending commercial availability of true multi-player virtual reality to locations around the country. AMP enables the seamless integration of technology and content from best-in-class providers including Hewlett-Packard, HTC, Universal Studios and The Virtual Reality Company.”
“We’ve been very thoughtful and particular about how we introduce VR attractions to our stores, and it was critical that we engage with a trusted partner and technology leader in commercial VR systems,” said Kevin Bachus, SVP Entertainment & Games Strategy. “We have a longstanding relationship with VRstudios. They are a pioneer of multi-player VR attractions for location-based entertainment, and we’ve capitalized on that experience for both their enterprise technology and managing the large-scale integration of our unique attraction.”
The Jurassic World VR Expedition will be available at all Dave & Buster’s locations from 14th June, 2018. For future coverage of new and upcoming VR events and experiences, keep checking back with VRFocus.
Update: VRFocus would like to clarify that The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) was behind the creation of Jurassic World VR Expedition having secured the exclusive rights to create the commercial Jurassic World VR experience. VRC developed a particular version of the VR experience for Dave & Buster’s proprietary motion system. VRstudios involvement was purely as part of its AMP deployment. While exclusively debuting at Dave & Buster’s, Jurassic World VR Expedition will be coming to other location-based VR venues in the future. Apologies if the article was misleading.