The Void are one of the first mixed reality experience specialists and their first big experience opens to the public July 1st at Madame Tussauds New York. It’s called Ghostbusters: Dimension and here’s a sneak peak.
It feels like only 5 minutes ago we caught wind of a new startup riding on the back of the new virtual reality revolution, one based in Utah that had its sights set on creating a cutting edge mixed reality theme park. The Void was to be an entertainment destination that promised custom built sets designed to match virtual worlds players experienced through VR headsets – a full body, wireless simulation of a virtual world. When we finally did get our hands on it, we were impressed.
Tomorrow, the team behind The Void are celebrating their first major publicly available experience built on their technology. Installed at Madame Tussauds New York City, the new experience is a tie in with the forthcoming Ghostbusters franchise movie reboot and is subtitled ‘Dimension‘.
Ghostbusters: Dimension will give players the chance to strap a virtual proton pack to their backs and track a supernatural manifestation through a New York apartment block. The experience is apparently around 15 minutes long, with groups of three players taking part at any one time.
“The Ghostbusters world is the perfect fit for THE VOID because you literally strap our RAPTURE gear on and it turns into your proton pack and proton gun,” said James Jensen, Chief Visionary Officer at THE VOID.
The virtual portion of the experience is powered by The Void’s proprietary VR hardware and built entirely on the Unity game engine, one of the first engines to offer Oculus Rift integration and remains of the most popular among VR devs.
“This is precisely the kind of innovative use of VR that Unity is now powering with our 3D engine and platform,” said Clive Downie, CMO Unity Technologies. “With an untethered VR experience that allows people to roam freely and interact with a physical world that matches the digital one they are seeing, consumers will have whole new levels of delight as they lose themselves in another realm. It’s giving presence to interactive storytelling putting people into the Ghostbusters world with high definition, high frame rate high excitement action, powered in part by Unity.”
We’ll be going hands on with the new Ghostbusters experience at the press showing tonight and will report back soon. In the mean time, you can book tickets for yourself by heading over to Madame Tussauds’ website here. The Void – Ghostbusters: Dimension opens to the public on July 1st.