Even as Disneyland and Disney World prepare to break ground on their Star Wars-themed areas, video game developer BioWare has announced that its own sci-fi epic, Mass Effect, is on a course for California’s Great America theme park.
Produced through a partnership between publisher Electronic Arts and California’s Great America, the attraction is described as a “first-of-its-kind guest experience,” combining live performers, special effects and “4D effects.” The “4D holographic experience” is set to open in 2016 at the Santa Clara, California park’s newly renovated Action Theater.
Debuting in 2007, the third-person shooter franchise initially revolved around Commander Shepard, who’s tasked with saving the galaxy from a race of mechanical beings known as the Reapers. According to the attraction’s announcement, “guests will be taken on a thrilling adventure across the galaxy where they will travel through awe-inspiring landscapes, face off against bigger-than-life adversaries and ultimately help save the day.”
“Teaming with a world-wide gaming leader like EA will enable us to build an incredible user experiencefor Great America guests,” Raul Rehnborg, California’s Great America vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “This combination of technology and creative video game content is sure to usher in a new wave of entertainment innovation at amusement parks.”
News of the Mass Effect attraction follows an announcement early this month that video game publisher Ubisoft is planning to open a theme park in Malaysia in 2020.
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