In the last couple of months, there’s been a concentrated effort to restart the virtual reality (VR) side of the location-based entertainment (LBE) industry. The latest comes from HTC Vive and ARVI VR, who have partnered up in an effort to bring the latter’s escape room experiences to a wider audience.
The collaboration will see the pair introduce VR escape rooms like Sanctum, Christmas, Mission Sigma and Cyberpunk to locations in China, India and Taiwan to begin with. Those locations will then be followed by Egypt, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, and Kuwait at a later date.
Over the next three years, hundreds of VR arcade locations will receive ARVI VR’s content which is already used in HTC’s flagship VR park, Viveland. Kevin Williams, who covers LBE for VRFocus in The Virtual Arena has also learnt: “ARVI VR content currently targets the HTC Vive Pro platform and is expected to be converted to work on the successor hardware (the HTC Vive Cosmos).”
“Since 2019, HTC Vive has worked closely with ARVI VR to implement their popular escape room content for our customers at Viveland,” said Plutarch Lee, Associate Vice President, VR Enterprise Solutions at HTC Vive in a statement. “We’re excited to leverage their escape room content in even more arcades globally and look forward to adding more great multiplayer content later this year.”
“We’re thrilled to work with HTC Vive to bring our exciting and adventurous content to new audiences around the world,” said Michael Dementii, CEO of ARVI VR. “At present, we view this as a long-term and fruitful partnership with the possibility of broadening cooperation opportunities in the LBE industry.”
ARVI VR has been creating VR escape room games since 2016, partnering with numerous companies and deploying its tech across 250+ locations worldwide. Its latest title is Chernobyl which launches this month, where up to six players travel back in time to that fateful day.
As the LBE industry gets back on its feet and more content is announced, VRFocus will keep you updated.