Sandbox VR, the location-based VR destination, announced its multiplayer experience based on hit Netflix show Squid Game is coming to Sandbox VR locations starting September 29th, featuring a number of its deadly mini-games.
Update (September 19th, 2023): Starting September 29th, Sandbox VR locations will host groups of up to six players to compete in Squid Games’ deadly mini-games, such as ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ and ‘Cross the Glass Bridge.’ The studio, which develops all of its VR content in-house, says we can also expect “surprising new twists that expand on the world of the series.”
After each game session, players will also get a personalized highlight video capturing their virtual in-game reactions and recapping how their own Squid Game story unfolded.
Since the original article was published, Sandbox VR has now grown to over 40 global locations, 18 of which launched in the last 12 months. You can find more info about Squid Game and other VR experiences on the Sandbox VR website.
Original Article (February 8th, 2023): Netflix’s most watched show of all time will soon have its own location-based VR experience, which will let fans take on the role of Squid Game contestant.
Set to roll out to Sandbox locations in late 2023, the location-based VR game promises “pulse-pounding challenges” where users compete against each other to be the last one standing. What’s more, game sessions include personalized highlight videos capturing in-game reactions for post-game review.
There’s no trailer for the Squid Game VR game, although the company’s hype video should give you a good idea of what to expect:
Sandbox’s locations feature motion-tracking technology, which captures the movements of a player’s body and props, such as guns. Its haptic system also provides players with added realism to go along with the large room-scale VR experience.
The company currently features six proprietary experiences based on both exclusively licensed IP (Star Trek: Discovery), as well as in-house experiences. All Sandbox VR experiences are developed by an in-house gaming studio, which tailors the company’s social experiences for groups of up to six users at a time.
The Squid Game licensing deal is likely the direct result of its $37 million Series B funding round from November 2021. The company has made a strong rebound from the stagnation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing the company’s eventual reemergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy following debt restructure.
Sandbox now operates 30 VR locations, spanning major cities in North America, Europe, and Asia (see update). The company says it’s launched a dozen such locations over the past twelve months, making for one of its largest growths spurts.