Arcade game company, Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. is developing a Neon Genesis Evangelion-themed virtual reality experience.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a cult-classic psychological mecha anime by Hideaki Anno, and the Evangelion VR ride is called Evangelion VR: The Soul’s Seat. It will have up to three players acting as temporary pilots tasked with taking down one of the series’ mystical creatures; the tenth angel, Zeruel.
The attraction will debut in Bandai Namco’s VR Zone in Shinjuku, Tokyo on June 13.
Bandai Namco has previously released virtual reality machines based on Gundam and Doraemon, but there was very little interactivity to them given you weren’t able to pilot the colossal machine. Evangelion VR is the first of their VR products to allow you to actively control the game; and their set ups are designed to look like the Entry Plug cockpits from the original series.
Whether this’ll be successful is unclear but it’s welcoming to see Namco Bandai design their VR experiences as more interactive than passive. Neon Genesis Evangelion follows a group of children piloting mysterious bestial mechs to defend the earth from an alien threat. The series provocatively explores responsibility, innocence, identity and a lot more themes fantastically, expanding into a manga series and remastered films. The fourth and final remastered film is expected to release sometime in the next few years.
The voice actress of Evangelion’s outspoken EVA pilot, Asuka Langley, (Yuko Miyamura) was recently announced as a guest for Madman’s Anime Festival in Brisbane. The convention will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 10-11.
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