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Fox launches location-based VR experience based on Alien franchise

Alien: Descent vr experience from Fox and FoxNext

Fox is launching a location-based virtual reality experience based on Ridley Scott’s Alien film franchise.

FoxNext, a division of Fox that develops virtual reality (VR) games and location-based experiences, has teamed up with Pure Imagination Studios to create a multiplayer, science fiction experience called Alien: Descent.

The free-roaming experience will allow up to four players to move around without the need for wires or PC backpacks, as are used in other VR experiences such as The Void’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

Each player is given a prop weapon and motion-tracking sensors are placed on their arms and legs. Environmental effects and motion platforms provide additional immersion, simulating a descent into the heart of the Alien threat.

In the experience, players get to join an elite squad of Colonial Marines tasked with investigating a distress signal sent from a mining outpost. The mission provides plenty of opportunities to fight aliens and use the prop weapons.

Salil Mehta, president of FoxNext, said: “VR attractions bring together immersive entertainment with social experiences that can’t be replicated in the living room. The rich storytelling opportunities in the Alien universe makes it a perfect fit for cutting-edge destination entertainment.”

Alien: Descent lasts around 15 minutes and is launching first at The Outlets shopping mall in Orange County, California on 26 April. Additional locations will be announced at a later date.

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Sam McCaffrey

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