For anyone who saw my post about Sky Force
and Blackpool I delved into the idea of bringing more interactivity and competition for future attractions and is the way forward. For anyone not familiar, Sky Force tracks how many revolutions you complete and there is a leader board.
Going back to Fun Spot's Freedom Flyer
VR Coaster demo where users can shoot stuff. Do we think its at all possible that this interactivity within the virtual reality world could be tracked and for example track the best pilot for Galactica.
Obviously until we know the exact details this is all still speculative as to what we'll be experiencing. But how cool would it be for users to take on a mission in virtual reality (much like a game) and have an overall leader board. Some people love competitiveness and if this was a paid for premium experience it may make some individuals pay for another go to try and beat their score or the highest score overall.
Merlin is all about making money and imo that idea would be a gold mine, its like gambling but for gamers and competitive individuals.
Could be totally wrong however and the VR we'll experience is simply a flight into space. I'm hoping it has something more to it though, having a space battle with the new Star Wars trilogy & spin off movies would fit perfectly in the current market and perhaps entice people to experience it.
In regard to the announcement on January 12th I couldn't think of a better place to hold it than the London Science Museum, it currently has a cosmonaut exhibition
which started on 18th September and lasts till 13th March 2016.
In regard to the announcement date, I had a quick look to see if it held any significance in space history and it was the date Nasa sent a probe on a fly-by mission called Deep Impact
and earlier than that space shuttle Columbia
launched on the same date, short mission to deploy a communications satellite.