Is there anything more exciting and exhilarating that riding a well-constructed roller coaster? A little while ago, Six Flags would have told you that few things can match that experience, but now the global conglomerate is trying to out-do itself by creating a new “mixed-reality” roller coaster ride.

Bringing VR into amusement parks

Virtual-reality technology clearly has numerous applications that we are still exploring as a species, and one of the latest adaptation of this technology involves making roller coasters more fun, a task that seems almost impossible. Six Flags is working on a set of VR roller coasters that will be launched in their Los Angeles and San Francisco branches, and the ride will be called “The New Revolution Galactic Attack”.

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Thrill-seekers will have to dawn Samsung VR Headsets before they hop onto the new ride, and this technology will allow them to play out a story line related to an alien drone invasion. In their press statement, Six Flags representatives revealed the following information: "As riders drop at high speeds, the #Mixed Reality view changes to a completely immersive, #virtual reality environment and a fighter spaceship cockpit materializes and envelops the riders into a tunnel of light. After swinging through tight channels, narrowly dodging drones and artillery fire, riders are brought into one of three drone bays, each of which offer a completely different gaming experience and three different endings."

Evolution of VR coasters

VR roller coasters have been around for a few months now, and even Six Flags launched 12 roller coasters last year that required the use of this technology.

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The new “Galactic Attack” ride that will be launched this month however will take things to the next level by offering more personalized experiences based on the user.

The complexity present within the stories unfolding in the VR world will also be considerably better, which means the overall experience will be largely enhanced for those who have tried VR coasters before. It is therefore an exciting prospect, and a must-try experience for roller-coaster enthusiasts around the world.