The Mass Effect 4D theme park ride, called New Earth, is scheduled to open today at California’s Great America amusement park.
As announced previously, the attraction–which was produced in partnership with EA and BioWare–boasts the “world’s largest and highest definition LED screen.”
Here is what California Coaster Kings had to say about it:
“The visuals are both carefully constructed and brilliantly high definition. The LED technology accomplished a crispness pixels could never hope to. In addition, the fact that Electronic Arts and BioWare developed and animated every frame from the ground up makes it not only as authentic as the games, but also gives the Mass Effect universe a new entry and welcome expansion.”
The site added that audio is also top-notch, with a surround sound system that features 70 speakers throughout the theater. The attraction also includes cameos from popular Mass Effect characters such as Garrus, Grunt, and Commander Shepard–and their voices were done by the original actors apparently.
As for the action itself, you sit in a seat (no restraint) and embark on a “holographic journey.” There is also a live actor who provides details about what you’re seeing and more.
“To have a real person interact with a digital effects makes them much more tangible,” the site said. “To have a bridge between the two worlds really goes a long way as far as immersion.”
For a closer look at New Earth, check out the video above. Additionally, you can read the full report at California Coaster Kings, which also includes a series of images.
California’s Great America is located in Santa Clara, California. All the details about park hours and pricing can be found on the park’s website.
Mass Effect isn’t the only video game to get its own theme park ride. Plants vs. Zombies, another EA franchise, is getting its own “intra-active 3D game experience” at Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina.