Six Flags and Samsung Team Up for the World’s First Mixed Reality Rollercoaster Experience

The New Revolution Galactic Attack at Six Flags (Image: Business Wire)

Six Flags and Samsung  announced its renewed collaboration on virtual reality roller coasters with the unveiling of a bold, innovative twist on the experience at Six Flags parks.

Last spring, the two companies joined forces to introduce North America’s first Virtual Reality  Roller Coasters using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, and now in 2017, for the first time ever, riders will be offered a one-of-a-kind mixed reality experience that only Six Flags can deliver. This experience also includes another world’s first: complex gameplay, where riders make key decisions during the course of the ride that can affect their scoring at the end.

“The New Revolution Galactic Attack” will make its world debut at Six Flags Magic Mountain, near Los Angeles, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, near San Francisco, offering park guests a thrilling, fully immersive ride of their lives as they battle to save the planet from an impending alien drone invasion.

When riders board the coasters and don their Samsung Gear VR headsets, they will be introduced to the device’s passthrough camera functionality, instantly making riders aware of their surroundings, by allowing them to see the “real world,” including the person seated next to them, along with virtual content. When the ride starts and passengers head up the lift hill, a massive, swirling wormhole will come into view. As riders drop at high speeds, the mixed reality view changes to a completely immersive, virtual reality environment and a fighter spaceship cockpit materializes and envelops the riders into a tunnel of light.

At the bottom of the first hill, riders are launched into the middle of a space battle, coming under attack from flying drones firing lasers and missiles. After swinging through tight channels, narrowly dodging drones and artillery fire, riders are brought into one of three drone bays, each of which offer a completely different gaming experience and three different endings.

Guests at Six Flags Magic Mountain will experience Galactic Attack on The New Revolution, the world’s first looping coaster built in 1976 and North America’s first VR coaster in 2016. At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, “The New Revolution Galactic Attack” VR will be experienced on Kong, the park’s floorless looping coaster. VR is free with park admission.

[Via The Verge]

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