Buyers in Hong Kong will be treated to some new technology that will put them right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse alongside Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich.
Variety writes about a new interactive experience, “Road To Raccoon City”, which features haptic technology from Sony combined with motion picture content from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. It launches this week at the CineAsia exhibitors and distributors convention in Hong Kong (Dec. 6-8, 2016.)
Haptic technology generates tactile sensations in a user’s body through vibrations. In “Road to Raccoon City” users wear a specially equipped vest and shoot at zombies on a projected screen. As the zombies attack, the vest generates physical and audio responses to simulate the attack. Evil star, Milla Jovovich provides a voice-over.
Designed as a complement to the movie, which itself is derived from a Capcom game, the sensory experience is result of cooperation between Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), video production company Sony PCL, and parent company Sony Corp.
The experience is going on a tour, so it’s quite possible it will land in some U.S. citifies to support the film’s release in January. It sounds like laser tag meets virtual reality, only it’s missing one component: smell. Imagine the scent of rotting decay and napalm as you’re fighting off a zombie horde?!
The story picks up immediately after Resident Evil: Retribution and sees Alice (Jovovich) as the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. She must return to The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike.