Six Flags Over Texas announced today that they will add Galactic Attack, a mixed reality experience, on Shockwave, the park’s Schwarskopf looping coaster. This is the same VR that Six Flags Mexico currently has and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Magic Mountain will debut at the end of this week. This VR experience will open to the general public on March 9, but will be open for season passholder technical rehearsals as early as February 25.
Here are some of the highlights of this experience, courtesy of Six Flags Over Texas
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. As they get settled into the ride, a heads up display overlay on the passthrough camera view will show data like current status of weaponry, time codes, fuel cells, and a countdown clock. Cresting the lift hill, a massive, swirling wormhole comes 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.
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