The year of 2016 will go down in history as they year of virtual reality, that’s for sure. Not only are major VR devices like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR releasing this year, but virtual reality rides are also hitting L.A. theme parks. But that’s not all of the VR action that L.A. will be seeing. Now Starbreeze Studios, developer of games like The Darkness and PayDay 2, is planning on introducing a virtual reality arcade.

The name of the project has been dubbed “Starcade” and Starbreeze announced the project at the VRLA Winter Expo. In the official press release, Starbreeze CTO Emmanuel Marquez stated,
We’ve managed to secure a prime location where people are welcome to step into our StarCade and enjoy our OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead VR experience. We’re developing our own StarCade catalogue of experiences, but we’re open to any content. We will invite developers to join us and give them the opportunity to put their content in our StarCade.

Marquez went on to say that their new VR headset, called the StarVR, will be the main VR headset used in the new Starcade. One of the main games Starbreeze Studios talks about being in the arcade is Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which was actually just delayed until at least next year.

Starbreeze Studios welcomes other developers to join the initiative and work alongside Starbreeze to have their games included in the L.A. arcade. While the idea of a VR arcade is pretty thrilling, you have really wonder what the price is going to be to play a game in the arcade. Today’s arcade games are pretty expensive as it is, averaging about $.50 to $1 per play, so how much is the VR experience going to boost that price? But price aside, it’s still exciting to see the video game industry changing—yet again—to include video gaming of the future, and now it’s going to be made available to everyone. Starbreeze Studios said that they believe everyone should get the chance to try out virtual reality gaming, to really see how game-changing it really is, so they want to make that opportunity available to everyone. It’s honestly the perfect response to the recent gut wrenching price announcement of the Oculus Rift, because instead of dropping all of that money for your own VR headset, you can just hop on over to the Starcade and try it for much less. It dates back to a time in the 80’s when arcades were the center of youth culture, so maybe Starbreeeze Studios is really reigniting that era?

While there is no official date for when we can expect the Starcade to open, Starbreeze Studios does say that the Project Starcade Initiative will premiere in an undisclosed location Spring/Summer of 2016—so fairly soon. You can read the full press release here.
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