On Thursday, Samsung and Six Flags announced that they have teamed up to bring virtual reality to real coasters.
"In partnership with Samsung, Six Flags is taking its signature brand of thrills to the next level and beyond in fully immersive, virtual riding experiences using Samsung Gear VR," said the companies in a press release. This immersive VR experience will be limited to nine coasters across the US this year, including six New Revolution Virtual Reality Coasters. With these six coasters, "riders are transported to a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion" and are co-pilots in their VR world. Riders will be able to test-fire their weapons in "the world's first-ever interactive gameplay technology on a roller coaster," the mission being to destroy the enemy's mothership, which is surrounded by drones. This "elite fighter squadron experience" will be available later this month for Season Pass holders at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Six Flags Over Georgia outside of Atlanta, and at Six Flags Magic Mountain, outside of Los Angeles.
In addition to the virtual space adventure, Samsung and Six Flags will offer a VR experience for three SUPERMAN coasters across the US. "On Six Flags' three new SUPERMAN Virtual Reality Coasters, once riders take their seats and fasten the headsets, they will be fully immersed in the 360-degree comic book world of Metropolis," explained the companies, but their tour of Metropolis gets exciting fast, with Superman swooping in alongside riders to save the day from evil Lexbots. The SUPERMAN VR Coasters will be the SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, SUPERMAN The Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, and SUPERMAN Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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