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Starbreeze Studios Opening Virtual Reality Arcade In Los Angeles

It’s been said time and again, you have to experience VR to understand what the excitement is about. Starbreeze, the creator of the upcoming StarVR HMD, and publisher of Payday 2 and the upcoming The Walking Dead Game from Overkill, believes in this concept enough to open up an arcade so that everyone can experience virtual reality for themselves.

Starbreeze announced at the VRLA Expo that it will be opening a virtual reality arcade, which it has named Project StarCade. The company said you can expect to find Overkill’s The Walking Dead VR experience and other experiences that it is working on at StarCade later this year. We don’t have any details about these other experiences yet.

"We continue to iterate the fact that VR really needs to be experienced in person to fully be able to appreciate the phenomenon, and why not have your first experience in a real premium setting in our StarVR headset? 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,” said Emmanuel Marquez, Starbreeze CTO

Starbreeze’s Project StarCade will be opening in the spring or summer of this year in Los Angeles. The company did not reveal the location, but Emmanuel Marquez, Starbreeze CTO, said that the company “managed to secure a prime location” for the arcade.

Starbreeze is building the arcade, and it will be using its own hardware, but the company it is not limiting Project StarCade to its own content. The company is welcoming other studios to participate in StarCade with their own experiences, if they wish. Marquez said Starbeeze is creating its “own StarCade catalogue of experiences, but we’re open to any content” that other developers would like to have featured at Project StarCade.

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Kevin Carbotte is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews of graphics cards and virtual reality hardware.