San Francisco-based Sandbox VR announced the launch of its latest virtual reality experience in partnership with CBS Interactive – “Star Trek: Discovery - Away Mission.” Inspired by Star Trek's iconic Holodeck, where environments are simulated in virtual reality, Sandbox VR brings that futuristic technology to life at select installations.
Through a unique combination of real-time motion capture cameras and VR technologies, players can boldly go where no one has gone before – into an immersive social experience in the Star Trek universe.
Sandbox VR has worked closely with Star Trek writers and stakeholders to ensure the most authentic Star Trek Holodeck experience possible. The Star Trek: Discovery - Away Mission free-roam VR experience allows players to warp into an adventure as a U.S.S. Discovery crew member on an away team mission. Guided by fan favorite character Sylvia Tilly (with Mary Wiseman reprising her role from the show), teams will conduct tricorder scans, fire phasers, transport to strange alien planets, and seek out new civilizations.
"We want fans to know that this isn't like any virtual reality you may have experienced or heard about before... this is something bigger and better,” said Sandbox VR CEO and founder, Steve Zhao. “For those that may not know what to expect with the graphics or the hardware, we can describe the experience as VR as it's meant to be… it's not a game, it's not a movie, it's not traditional VR, it's a full body experience that completely transforms you, where you become the experience itself."
“Star Trek: Discovery - Away Mission” has officially launched at Sandbox VR's Hong Kong, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles locations. The experience is directed by Michael Hampden, lead designer on “Assassin's Creed: Rogue” and critically acclaimed VR title “Blood & Truth.”
The company is planning to rollout the system at locations across the U.S., including New York, Austin, San Diego and Chicago, with an additional 16 locations planned by the end of 2020.
For more information, visit https://sandboxvr.com.