You flew to distant planets and drove around them in Mass Effect. Next year, you’ll be able to ride in a simulated spaceship and fly to distant planets in real life, thanks to a new Mass Effect ride.
The attraction based on developer BioWare’s space opera trilogy is coming to California’s Great America in Santa Clara, California, according to a post on BioWare’s blog. It’ll take you aboard the Normandy, the iconic Mass Effect spaceship players use to zip around the galaxy, fighting robots, mercenaries, and genocidal supermachines from beyond the reaches of known space. You also sometimes bring crewmembers up to your quarters for, uh, alone time. Anyway, here’s how the blog describes the ride experience:
“The interactive ride, curated by a live performer, will take guests on a journey to a distant planet, where they will face off against larger-than-life foes and fight to save the day. Using cutting-edge 3D technology and 4D effects, the ride throws passengers right into the action, creating a fantastical adventure that they won’t soon forget.”
For those unfamiliar, “4D” refers to rides that include 3D projected images, like when you see a 3D movie, with additional physical effects. If there’s an explosion on the screen, you’ll feel a burst of heat; if the virtual sprinklers turn on to deal with the fire, you’ll get splashed with a little water, and so on.
Expect to see the Mass Effect ride open next year.