While development continues on the next title in the massively popular video game franchise Halo, Halo Infinite, Microsoft has announced a massive Halo theme park will tour the United States this summer to help give fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in the sci-fi world.
Titled Halo: Outpost Discovery, the 300,000-foot theme park will visit five major American cities starting with Orlando on July 5 before traveling to Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston and Anaheim where it will wrap the interactive tour in early September. To create the experience, Microsoft subsidiary and Halo developer 343 Industries teamed with Herschend Live, the live entertainment company behind Dollywood.
"We had been exploring the location-based entertainment space and what it would mean to bring Halo more into the physical realm," explained 343 Industries Head of Halo Transmedia Entertainment Kiki Wolfkill in an interview with Variety. "Herschend brought with them the idea of a touring versus a permanent installation and that really fit with the ideas that we were interested in expressing.”
The theme park will feature virtual reality games, massive laser tag battles, escape rooms, art and replica exhibits, game stations and more for visitors to experience in a fully immersive environment recreating the world of the classic sci-fi shooter.
"We brought a whole breadth of activities beyond playing the game," Wolfkill continued. "There will be experiences that are physical and interactive and a virtual reality experience very much seeded in the Halo ethos. It’s really all of those things. We wanted to have that combination of a theme park and a festival atmosphere."
Halo: Outpost Discovery will be in Orlando on July 5-7, Philadelphia on July 19-21, Chicago on August 2-4, Houston on August 16-18 and Anaheim on August 30 through September 1. Single-day passes, three-day passes and VIP passes will be available for the park.