Knott’s Berry Farm’s venerated Ghost Town will come to life in virtual reality when “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” premiers at the California park next month.
Knott’s Berry Farm, its parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment and VRstudios announced today the details of the first permanent installation of a free-roaming, multi-player VR experience in a U.S. theme park, which will be located inside the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk Arcade. A new custom and industry first virtual reality (VR) experience, “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” will make its debut in April, and is exclusively available at Knott’s Berry Farm.
The immersive and interactive VR attraction will invite guests to embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a mission with other groups of players to defend the town. The technology is provided by Washington-based VRStudios, whose VRCade system powered The Repository virtual experience during last year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida.
The one-of-a-kind immersive experience combines virtual reality and a competitive gaming realm. Armed with state-of-the-art wireless virtual reality headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights, while striving toward shared team goals. At the end of the VR competition, guests will be able to view and compare scores with their fellow opponents.
“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain our guests,” said Christian Dieckmann, Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth. “By using a free-roaming system, we can take full advantage of the capabilities of VR and let our guests be the stars of the show. A majority of people have not yet experienced VR, and we anticipate there will be a lot of interest from guests to have their first taste at our park.”
“VR Showdown in Ghost Town” will be available to guests at an introductory price of $6.00, in addition to park admission. For further updates and park information please visit knotts.com, and watch these videos for more fun from Knott’s Berry Farm: