Virtual reality roller coaster opens next month at Six Flags Great Adventure

    (Image: Six Flags)

    (Image: Six Flags)

    Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson plans to open what it says will be the world’s first interactive gaming coaster adventure.

    Riders of “Rage of the Gargoyles” will become virtual reality fighter jet pilots as they battle gargoyles.

    A joint release from Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the gear manufacturer, describes the ride:

    In Rage of the Gargoyles, riders – wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets – are pilots seated in the cockpit of an Apache-style helicopter. With a devastated cityscape as the backdrop, a fleet of choppers prepares to battle an army of terrorizing, winged creatures. The action-packed adventure begins when riders ascend up the coaster’s lift hill as the blood-thirsty gargoyles mercilessly attack the copter’s fragile glass barrier. The epic on-screen conflict quickly accelerates as the high-definition imagery synchs perfectly to the coaster’s movements sending riders twisting, turning and diving through the hazardous city streets – flying over battered skyscrapers, plunging underneath twisted bridges and dodging falling debris, all while shooting to repel these lethal demons and conquer the vicious master gargoyle. A surprise ending to this fully-immersive virtual odyssey will leave guests breathless, and ready to experience Rage of the Gargoyles over and over again.

    The 1,377-feet of plunging and turning track features virtual reality headsets and high-definition imagery. Riders can instantly lock on a moving target by moving their heads.

    The ride is scheduled to open on Sept. 24 at Great Adventure. It will also debut in seven other Six Flags amusement parks around the country. 

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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