“Riders will climb aboard motion-based seating and wear 3D glasses as they are taken on a thrilling adventure. A live performer will curate the journey and appear to interact seamlessly with the next generation 3D visuals. These elements will be integrated with motion seating, high tech [sic] sound and other 4D effects to create a truly compelling and immersive attraction. Guests will travel through space to a distant planet, face off against bigger than life adversaries and ultimately help save the day.”
Fast-forward to today, and the ride, called “Mass Effect: New Earth,” is finally open, at California’s Great America theme park. Californiacoasterkings.com was there, and they walked away from the experience “very impressed”… and with photos that show how visually stunning of an experience it appears to be.
It includes a bunch of visual elements that are sure to please fans of the series, which are made possible in part by “the world’s largest and highest definition LED screen.” The ride is guided by a live actor, its plot takes place during the original Mass Effect trilogy, and the ride features recordings of Commander Shepard, Wrex, and Garrus, all portrayed by their original voice actors.
What’s also important to note is that the visuals were created by Electronic Arts and Bioware, the developers behind the games themselves, which ought to lend a level of authenticity to the experience that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
Check out more photos here, and let us know if you plan on checking out the attraction—the Great America theme park is south of San Francisco.
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