An immersive gaming experience is coming to Las Vegas early next month as Sin City's first free-roam virtual reality arena is set to open inside of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Scheduled to open to the public on Sept. 8 inside of the MGM Grand's Level Up gaming lounge, Virtual Reality Powered by Zero Latency will immerse as many as eight players in a completely interactive digital universe, allowing them to physically navigate considerable distances through the 2,000-square-foot arena while collaborating with other players in a variety of challenges. These 30-minute VR experiences include "Zombie Survival" in which players are given a comprehensive arsenal of weapons and must band together to take down wave after wave of zombies and rebuild safety barriers before extraction by the rescue team, the "Singularity" play mode that takes place on a secretive military research space station, and puzzle adventure is set in a fantastical world with flying whales, giant parrots and colorful creatures called "Engineerium."
“When it comes to playing games, and exploring new worlds in virtual reality, more people means more fun," says Zero Latency CEO Tim Ruse. "Technology can often be isolating but we are determined to continue to design games and experiences that bring people together to have mind-blowing VR adventures and forge real memories that can last a lifetime. We’re excited to bring this experience to Las Vegas, our first West Coast location.”
The soon-to-open VR arena will feature an open space with no obstacles and enables teams to freely explore the virtual environment together. Zero Latency says its wireless goggles and wearable computers make the adventure even more realistic by letting players lose themselves in the game without being tied down. While battling through the simulation, teammates will see each other as full-motion avatars and stay in constant communication to strategize, call for backup, and compete for the highest score.
“We were looking to bring a unique entertainment element to MGM Grand and found the perfect fit with Zero Latency. This company creates virtual reality gaming experiences using astounding technology,” said President and COO of MGM Grand Scott Sibella. “There is simply nothing like this anywhere in Las Vegas and we’re proud that MGM Grand is the first in the city to roll out an exciting and fun virtual “wow moment” for our guests.”
The first Zero Latency arena debuted in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, with nine additional Zero Latency-powered arenas opening across four continents since then.