Mass Effect now a theme park ride in Northern California
“I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite ride on the Citadel.”
If I don’t hear those words this spring I will be quite disappointed. The massively popular computer and console interactive entertainment property Mass Effect is becoming a 4d attraction at Santa Clara’s California’s Great America with a planned opening this spring. Mass Effect: New Earth
Easily one of the best selling and most revered franchises across gaming platforms, and with a new entry Mass Effect: Andromeda set to release later this year, the timing of the thrill ride couldn’t come at a better time for EA & Bioware, or for Great America who desperately needs a boost to recover it’s sagging attendance as it sits now in the shadow of the new Levi Stadium.
Below is the most recent press release from California’s Great America regarding the ride:
California’s Great America and Electronic Arts (EA) are teaming up to create a first-of-its-kind guest experience at Great America. The dynamic new attraction will feature settings and characters from EA’s critically acclaimed Mass Effect™ videogame series developed by BioWare™ and will open in Spring of 2016 in a newly renovated Action Theater.
This exciting guest experience involves cutting edge technology customized for Great America and delivers 4D effects combined with a live performance and incredible special effects.
Great America 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 experience for Great America guests,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “This combination of technology and creative video game content is sure to usher in a new wave of entertainment innovation at amusement parks.”
“EA and BioWare are thrilled to partner with Great America and see one of our most iconic games turned into an exciting high-tech attraction,” said Patrick O’Brien, Vice President of Entertainment and Licensing, EA. “Having a partner who shares our commitment to thrilling our fans is extremely important to us and we look forward to building an attraction that will appeal to the Mass Effect fan-base and introduce it to many more.”
What do you think Amigos? Will you flock to the theme park to ride Mass Effect: New Earth ? Or will you be an Illusive Man? For myself you can count me in; for We Are Geth.