Forget being tethered to a static machine, virtual reality is no longer limited to a small play area. VR company, Dark Realities is building a world first virtual reality experience, right here in Birmingham.
Players will have the ability to roam, without wires, in over 6000 square feet of play space and will be able to interact with the virtual world, without the use of controllers.
The first storyline, entitled 'Mirror' will see teams of four work together to attempt to rescue a young boy from dark forces. It will be open for just 60 days in spring 2018, with limited tickets available in advance and going on sale Friday 1st December.
Co-founder, Kevin Blair explained: "All the technology has been incorporated to increase the levels of immersion experienced by players, making it as realistic as possible. We're overlaying the real world with a virtual simulation so the two are interlinked. This means players will see objects in the virtual world and interact with them by manipulating them in reality. We'll also be adding special effects to blur the link between the virtual and real worlds further."
As the name suggests, the attraction will have a slightly scary theme to heighten the senses and create an emotionally driven experience people won't forget. The game will pose challenges throughout, to test the skills of those brave enough to enter.
Dark Realities will present a series of storylines, each debuting in Birmingham at Grange Live Gaming on Holloway Head, before moving to other locations in the UK.
Kevin added: "We're really excited to be launching this in Birmingham. With each storyline we'll be introducing new technology here first, which is great for a city that is already so tech-focused. With Birmingham being so easily accessible, it was an obvious choice for our first location and will hopefully bring a lot of attention to the city."
A recent technology preview day saw alpha testers try out the technology which created a buzz among those in attendance. Dave Massey, host of Brum Hour on Brum Radio commented, "Being able to touch the trees was crazy. Can't wait to see what the full experience is like!"
You can find more information about Dark Realities by visiting www.darkrealities.com.