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FoxNext Announces Alien-Based VR Game – Alien: Descent

Just in time for Alien Day, 20th Century Fox have announced Alien: Descent – an Alien-themed virtual reality experience coming to a mall in California. The VR experience has been developed by Pure Imagination Studios in partnership with FoxNext Destinations. Unlike the PSVR, Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, this experience is completely wire free so you can freely walk around on a stage for added immersion.

The premise is that you play a Colonial Marine, and you and your squad are tasked to investigate a distress signal on a Weyland-Yutani mining outpost. The outpost reported some sort of infestation just before communication was cut off so it’s down to you and three other players to eradicate the Xenomorph infestation, quarantine any survivors and get everyone off the world safely.

This is a 4-player experience and each player gets their own VR weapon and their movements in the environment are tracked with sensors on their arms and legs.

 FoxNext Announces Alien-Based VR Game - Alien: Descent

In addition, there will be environmental effects on the actual stage, motion platforms, and other surprises. Alien: Descent lasts about 15 minutes, and tickets are $22 per player. The virtual reality experience opens its doors in The Outlets at Orange in Orange County, California on April 26th. You can check out more details on the official Alien: Descent website. Does anybody happen to live nearby? Will you be checking this experience out on Alien Day?

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    Another recounting of the event -

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    This weekend I had a chance to scope out the Alien Descent VR experience that opened last month at the Outlets at Orange, in Southern California. For those of you who haven't heard about it, the Alien social channels started advertising this a bit before 4/26. It's $22 per person, and as of now, requires advance booking. Holy wow, in the words of my wife - this was on par with our first time experiences of Star Tours.

    As a breakdown for the event (with minor spoilers); upon entering the venue, which has been done up to look like the inside of the Sulaco or some other Colonial Marines installation, we were lead down the hall to the briefing screen - there, we were instructed to watch a several minute video which was quite well done. In the video, a Colonial Marine Officer instructs the crew on the mission ahead, which is essentially to get to the bug infested planet, kill what we can, and get to the extraction point. At this point we were also familiarized with some of the gear, the Oculus headset (based on Samsung Gear VR?) and the pulse rifle. The headset naturally featured a focus, whereas the gun offered two modes of fire; the pulse round as well as a secondary mode of fire (the grenade shell).

    Upon finishing the instructional video, we entered the hypersleep ready room - two standing positions nested in the wall, with the Oculus gear at our sides and in front of us. Therein, the attendant 'Officers' helped us gear up with sensors for our legs and arms, as well as outfit the headset, as we familiarzed ourselves with the docking position of the rifles.

    As soon as the headsets were on, we could see we were in a VR version of the same location, sans attendants, but with some accoutrements to the hypersleep pods which weren't there in real life. We were instructed to stay secure in the pods for the duration of the travel to the planet; as we held on to the handles, the VR pod glass came down and we could see the glass frost over.

    I would like to point out that as this experience was purportedly running off of the Samsung Gear VR rigs, as such, I wasn't expecting the highest fidelity graphics. I was not let down though, and the real stunner here was the full free roam locomotion and environmental effects that soon followed.

    As our hypersleep ended, the pods opened, and my wife and I were given free range to explore as we saw fit, within the limited area available to us. I would say that from the pods to the elevators in our distance was about 30 feet or so? The VR catwalks were not tight, and we were definitely feeling a sense that we were in some offworld terraformer. Down in the distance below we could see the other team of two also doing their own exploring. Soon as we got near the elevator target, facehuggers started leaping out from the nearby pods and then, well, shit got real. Upon entering the elevator, the experience continued through several other environments which basically saw us fending off waves of Xenos and Facehuggers as we made our way to the next areas.

    I'm not gonna do a play-by-play of all the action which lasted about 20 minutes, but let me just say that this was one hell of an experience. There is a lot more that they could do with this, and although there may not be a ton of replay value it is absolutely worth the price of admission. I would like to point out that my wife is not a gamer, and is not big on VR tech. That said, in her own words, she was completely sold. She loves the Alien franchise and was completely immersed. My god, her screams alone could be used for the marketing of this thing. Here's hoping this makes its money back and then some so that more of these VR pop-ups can be implemented around the world.

    Can't wait to go back.

    https://imgur.com/a/BXcoehP

    https://www.reddit.com/r/LV426/comments/8hrgei/i_survived_alien_descent_the_vr_experience/?st=jgxg7i06&sh=2ce92739
  2. newbeing
    If it's GearVr I wonder if they'd ever be able to port it over to just the phones for personal play. It would have to cut back on features of course, but would be nice to have a portable VR experience.
  3. VegettoXTSY
    My son and I went this morning and had a blast. Only found 2 things slightly disappointing.

    1. The pulse rifles shoot in small bursts. We think it would have been more fun if it was fully automatic.

    2. We both thought it would end with you squaring off against the queen in the hive which is what we saved our grenades for. 

    That being said it was still a blast!  Graphics could have been better but it was still a great experience.
  4. muthur9000
    I think it's interesting that Gabriel Hardman's comic is set at colony Trono LV-871and this VR experience is LV-178. Is it a coincidence that the numbers are the same, but reversed? 🤔
  5. Darkness
    A few reviews of the experience:

    https://uploadvr.com/alien-descent-hands-on/
    https://geekculture.co/geek-review-alien-descent-vr-experience/

    Our hands-on: https://www.avpgalaxy.net/2018/04/29/hands-on-with-alien-descent-alien-vr-experience/

    The positives are that is a great experience overall, maybe one of the best there is when it comes to haptic feedback. Downsides is that it is using Gear VR which is pretty poor graphics-wise. Despite that, it is still a fun experience.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    Good man! When you booked in for? I'm so fecking jealous I've gotta wait (might not get to) to experience this!

    That was sarcasm Hicks.  :D If it ever comes anywhere near me I'll dang sure try to give it a go. But right now, I'm no where near this thing.

    https://media.indiatimes.in/media/content/2015/Feb/himym_1423039485.gif

    I’m literally traveling to this area for a wedding in August but it looks like it’ll only be up through May. Here’s to hoping a location pops up around my hometown! 

    I think it's actually sticking around for a little bit. I don't believe it's a pop-up.
  7. Xiggz456
    I’m literally traveling to this area for a wedding in August but it looks like it’ll only be up through May. Here’s to hoping a location pops up around my hometown! Did anyone play the neomorph VR game that came out last year? And if so how was it?
  8. Huggs
    Is this supposed to be the video game developed by Cold Iron Studios that was announced 3 months ago, or is that still an entirely different project separate from this?

    Completely different. This was first announced about a year ago.

    Did a YouTube vid on the news yesterday too -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhzzSDXT4-s

    Would've really dug this when I was a kid, but I'm alittle old for this sort of thing now. It's always great to see stuff like this though. Any new Alien experience keeps the beast alive. I just hope we get another game with the quality of Isolation someday.

    Never too old for fun, Huggs!

    Also, the Alien: Descent IG page did state that plans for additional locations would be announced later.

    Oh the heck with it. You're right. Somebody cover me! I'm goin' in!  :D
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Is this supposed to be the video game developed by Cold Iron Studios that was announced 3 months ago, or is that still an entirely different project separate from this?

    Completely different. This was first announced about a year ago.

    Did a YouTube vid on the news yesterday too -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhzzSDXT4-s

    Would've really dug this when I was a kid, but I'm alittle old for this sort of thing now. It's always great to see stuff like this though. Any new Alien experience keeps the beast alive. I just hope we get another game with the quality of Isolation someday.

    Never too old for fun, Huggs!

    Also, the Alien: Descent IG page did state that plans for additional locations would be announced later.
  10. Huggs
    Would've really dug this when I was a kid, but I'm alittle old for this sort of thing now.

    Older the bull, stiffer the horn ;)

    I'm sure you'd give the young pups a run for their money, given the chance at having a shot of that thing.

    Undoubtedly, It might look alittle weird though. A grown man surrounded by laughing children, as I hysterically yell, "Shut up! Do you wanna get us all killed?!"  :D
  11. Huggs
    Would've really dug this when I was a kid, but I'm alittle old for this sort of thing now. It's always great to see stuff like this though. Any new Alien experience keeps the beast alive. I just hope we get another game with the quality of Isolation someday.
  12. GQSioux
    I actually got a press event invite for this. It's taking place on 4/26. I live about 45-60 min away depending on traffic, but it's also a work day, so I am not sure I can even make it, which sucks.
  13. VegettoXTSY
    I just signed my son and I up.  We are going next Sunday to celebrate my birthday 4/26!  I am so stoked since we live 20 minutes from here.  I will post on here to let people know how it is.
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