Thorpe Park Reveals HTC Vive Powered Ghost Train, Opening Spring


UK theme park Thorpe Park has revealed that a virtual reality ghost train experience in development for some 3 years will finally open to the public this year, powered by the HTC Vive VR headset.

Another UK theme park is joining the virtual reality fray this year, in the wake of Alton Towers’ announcement that it was to re-launch it’s ageing ‘Air’ roller coaster as ‘Galactica’, complete with Gear VR powered VR enhancements.

Thorpe Park has revealed that a new collaboration with renowned mentalist Derren Brown will “reinvent” the ghost train experience, powered by virtual reality. Arriving in Spring this year, visitors are to be treated to a 10-15 minute experience that mixes pre-recorded material and live-action performances and apparently uses the Valve engineered HTC Vive headset as the core tech on the ride.

Derren Brown, famous for his mind bending stage shows and TV series, where he claims to manipulate audience members to do extraordinary things states in a promotional video for the ride that the experience has taken “1000s of specialists” 3 years to develop.

The ride takes place in a Victorian train carriage, suspended above an old train yard warehouse by a series of chains, which visitors board to experience the ride. But not everyone boarding will get the same experience, with 12 possible journeys and a possibility of 2 different endings.

Brown has urged people riding the train not to spoil the attraction’s secrets for others, although if VR is being used and there already are branching storylines, it seems like a smart move by Thorpe Park who can potentially forever refresh the experiences delivered on the ride.

The ride opens at Thorpe Park this Spring, you can find out more and book tickets over at the website here.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • wheeler

    Woahhh doesn’t this Darren Brown guy have a really crazy and twisted mind?? I mean look at the production values on those spooky effects! Creepy~~