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“Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK” selected as a finalist of the international honor “VR Awards”
Universal Studios Japan attractions selected for the VR Location-based Entertainment of the Year category at the VR Awards, an international honor that honors the achievements of outstanding VR utilization around the world.
The next-generation VR attraction “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR Walk”, which opened in January 2022 at Universal Studios Japan, will be the 6th VR Awards sponsored by AIXR (The Academy of International Extended Reality). ) was selected as a finalist in the VR
Location-Based Entertainment of the Year category (Award ceremony held in Rotterdam/Netherlands on Thursday, December 1).
This award is an internationally prestigious award that recognizes excellent achievements in the world using VR in nine categories, including hardware, video, education, and healthcare, and honors achievements with outstanding ideas and technology. Voted by over 70 experts from a wide range of fields, it has been hailed as the world’s most influential immersive technology. Universal Studios Japan was selected as one of the world’s top 12 “VR Location-Based Entertainment of the Year” this time, the 6th time, and theme parks, movie theaters, attractions, museums, etc. It is awarded to VR entertainment of great social value that achieves a new level of immersion with excellent quality and brings high satisfaction to users around the world. [Image
Park’s first free-walk type VR attraction * 1 “Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK” opened in January this year as the first attraction of the park’s latest permanent attraction facility “XR WALK”. You can actually enter the world of “Monster Hunter” reproduced in virtual space, and it is gaining popularity with a new experience that is “super realistic”. The guest satisfaction rate is 98%*2, and you can enjoy a “real” hunting experience that will excite your whole body with intense stimulation. In this attraction, guests can walk and explore a beautiful and magnificent 360-degree field on their own, use their hands to climb cliffs, collect items freely, and confront giant monsters. You can immerse yourself in a “super-realistic” adventure using your whole body that you can’t imagine being in a virtual space, while feeling various physical stimuli such as height differences and shocks.
The collaboration between the park and “Monster Hunter” began in 2011, and has delivered super-exciting entertainment with “NO LIMIT!” ideas and technology. The award-winning “Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK” is the first VR attraction in the history of “Monster Hunter”*3. The experience has finally come true. As a completely new challenge for this attraction, the seamless fusion of realistic show production unique to theme parks and VR technology has realized an ultra-exciting experience that immerses you in the world of the work. In addition, guests can become the main character with the addition of a sense of unity when multiple people cooperate, the freedom to choose avatars and weapons, the gameplay where the hunter rank is determined by the content of the game, and the presence of actually meeting the game characters with real casts. We provide real entertainment of overwhelming quality that you can immerse yourself in. In the beautiful and majestic world of “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne”, only Universal Studios Japan allows you to experience the “Majigari World” (a world where you can really hunt monsters) that everyone longs for. ■Comment from Dan Mitchell, Senior Vice President, USJ Entertainment Headquarters LLC
Universal Studios Japan is extremely proud of this result. Without the enthusiasm and tireless efforts of our creators who led the project, and the tremendous efforts of everyone involved, this wonderful attraction would not have been completed. This attraction is part of our ongoing plan to use technology to provide a world-class
experience, and we hope that guests will continue to have a “NO LIMIT!” time at the park. increase.
“Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK”, which is still being held, will participate in the event “Universal Cool Japan 2023” scheduled to be held next spring, where Japan’s world-class entertainment brands will gather.
Encouraged by the high acclaim of such an internationally prestigious award, Universal Studios Japan will continue to deliver new
entertainment with outstanding creative ideas and world-class technological capabilities. thinking about. We will strive to further improve the quality as a place where you can enjoy the unbelievable “super enthusiasm” with your whole body, with a sense of unity because it is real entertainment, and we will devote ourselves to becoming a place that everyone will choose.
■ Comments from guests who experienced
“Today, I was most looking forward to visiting this attraction. (Hearing that it was nominated for an international award) I am very happy that Japan has added another world-class attraction. Then, the feeling of climbing cliffs and confronting monsters was all real and realistic, and being able to become a hunter was super fun.” “I love the Monster Hunter series, so I came to Universal Studios Japan to enjoy this attraction. I was super excited by the
experience.It’s amazing to be nominated for an international award.I was surprised at the high level of technology, such as the
reproducibility of the worldview and the quality of the images, and it led to this nomination. I want to do it again and again!” (Group in their 30s/Saudi Arabia)
*1 “Free-walk type VR attraction”: A VR experience where you can move your own hands and feet without physical restraints and experience it with your entire body.
* 2 Based on our research based on a survey of “Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK” (conducted from July 2nd to July 14th, 2022) *3 As of October 13, 2021, according to our research
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■ “Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK” Attraction Overview -Holding period- Now being held *The end date is undecided.
-Target- 10 years old or older and 147 cm or taller
* Children of elementary school age and younger must be accompanied by an attendant (mentally and physically healthy junior high school student or older who meets the usage criteria) for emergency evacuation. However, you cannot directly support your companion during the experience, such as withdrawing your hand.
-Required time- About 50 minutes (reception: about 10 minutes, preparation: about 15 minutes, experience time: about 25 minutes) *Additional waiting time may occur
-Price- “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK” experience ticket Adult / Child (10 years old and over) / Senior common price: ¥ 1,800 ~ (tax included ¥ 1,980 ~)
*The price will change depending on the experience date. Please check the official website for details.
Official website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp/events/monster-hunter
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