Nickelodeon Brings Kid-friendly Multiplayer VR Experience ‘SlimeZone’ to IMAX VR Centers Worldwide

Nickelodeon and IMAX Corporation have partnered to bring SlimeZone, a new multiplayer social VR experience, to IMAX VR centers globally. Allowing up to six players to step inside a cartoon-filled virtual world, SlimeZone features games, the ability to ‘slime’ friends, and what else – plenty of recognizable cartoons such as Sponge Bob Squarepants.

SlimeZone lets kids and families interact in a Nickelodeon-designed virtual world; each player selects an avatar, and is then given free rein to blast virtual slime, play simple games such as ping pong and basketball, create Tilt Brush-style works of art using the 3D paintbrush, and watch fan-favorite Nickelodeon cartoons.

SlimeZone is now available at IMAX VR centers in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto, and is scheduled to launch at centers in Shanghai, Bangkok and Manchester (UK) soon.

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For friends and family looking to join in from outside a VR headset, there’s also a non-VR spectator mode that lets you watch all the action while flying a virtual drone that can slime players too. For children under 18, a parent or guardian needs to sign a waiver (either online or in-person). Children between 7 and 12 years also require a parent or guardian present prior to participating in an IMAX VR Experience. IMAX VR doesn’t admit kids under 7.

SlimeZone was created by the recently launched Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, the company’s long-range R&D wing that focuses on VR/AR and AI. Nickelodeon also recently announced a financial investment in Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup known for their recent hit Alien Zooa limited-time pop-up that sold out nearly immediately.

IMAX VR also hosts a number of other VR experiences including Star Wars: Droid Repair, Justice League VR, and Eagle Flight multiplayer. Check out the full listing here.

 

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Lionsgate Bringing 7 Minute Preview of ‘John Wick VR’ to New York Comic Con

Lionsgate have announced that the VR experience based on the Keanu Reeves film John Wick is to be previewed next week at NYC’s Comic Con, where attendees will be treated to a 7 minute sneak peek of the Starbreeze developed title.

Part of Lionsgate’s efforts to move into the immersive content business, the virtual reality tie-in to their movie John Wick (2014), starring Keanu Reeves, has appeared on and off since its announcement in August of last year, but we’re still yet to get a handle on how the game, developed by Starbreeze, will shape up when it’s released late this year.

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Now, Starbreeze and Lionsgate have announced that the most substantial peek at the title, entitled John Wick Chronicles: An Eye for an Eye, will be given at next week’s New York Comic Con where show attendees will get to go hands on with the HTC Vive version. The demo is reportedly around 7 minutes long. NYC’s Comic Con will run October 6-9 at the Javits Center.

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The demo is part of a big push by Lionsgate at NYC’s Comic Con, where they’ll also be wheeling stars from the forthcoming John Wick sequel (imaginatively subtitled Chapter 2) out on stage at the show for a Q&A panel.

Starbreeze also notes that a “bite-sized” version of the full game, titled John Wick Chronicles: Arcade Edition, will appear on the company’s in-house developed 210 degree FOV StarVR headset at the opening of the first IMAX VR Center due to open in Los Angeles later this year.

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