Location-based entertainment (LBE) venues have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tide might finally be turning for the VR entertainment industry because Sandbox VR has just announced that they will be opening a brand-new Sandbox VR at the Venetian Resorts, Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas.
“We have been incredibly fortunate to have been able to survive such a devastating year for everyone in the retail and entertainment industry,” commented Steve Zhao, founder and CEO of Sandbox VR.
The new location should be opened later this year, and Sandbox VR hopes it will be joined by several new locations by the end of the year. Grand Canal Shoppes is home to 160 signature stores and luxury brands, and the Venetian-inspired shopping center believes that adding an LBE venue will help draw new visitors of all ages.
“As one of the leading retail and entertainment destinations on The Strip, Grand Canal Shoppes is excited to bring Sandbox VR to guests this summer,” said Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager of Grand Canal Shoppes. “This is one of the many immersive new experiences The Shoppes has to offer, and we look forward to bringing our guests even more offerings to discover new ways to indulge while enjoying a brief break from reality while visiting our destination this year.”
Sandbox VR currently operates in Austin, Chicago, Los Angles, San Diego, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. Its VR experiences include an action-packed pirate adventure called the Curse of Davy Jones, an alien shooter called Amber Sky 2088, or a heartbeat-rising horror called Deadwood Mansion, among others.
These and other VR experiences can be enjoyed by groups of up to six players, and they benefit from Hollywood motion capture cameras, 3D precision body trackers, custom hardware, and haptic suits.