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New 'Final Fantasy' Ride's a VR Roller Coaster

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This week, Universal Studios Japan gave fans a better idea of what to expect by revealing that the Final Fantasy attraction will be called the Final Fantasy XR Ride. A mixed VR/roller coaster experience, guests will board airships and embark on an adventure that has them warping between multiple Final Fantasy worlds.

Front and center in the ride’s promotional image is Cloud, moody protagonist of franchise favorite Final Fantasy VII. Flanking him are fellow stern-faced sword-swingers Squall and Lightning (Final Fantasy VII and XIII), along with heavy-hearted redemption-seeker Terra and old-school hero Warrior of light (Final Fantasy VI and I). Finally, there’s some levity at the outside edges with Tidus and Zidane (Final Fantasy X and IX), which suggests that at least seven of the 15 mainline Final Fantasy games will be highlighted.

USJ previously used its XR ride facility for an attraction based on Evangelion and pop star/fashion icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Since riders are outfitted with VR headsets, you probably shouldn’t expect extreme speeds, loops, or other intense motion, but the visuals are sure to be amazing, since they’re being produced by Final Fantasy developer Square Enix’s own in-house CG team Visual Works, who are responsible for the jaw-dropping cutscenes that have become a series staple.

And if you prefer your Final Fantasy art hand-drawn, you’ll be happy to know that celebrated artist Yoshitaka Amano, Final Fantasy’s first character designer and recurring cover artist contributor has created a gorgeous, brand-new logo for the ride.

The Final Fantasy XR Ride is scheduled to open on January 19, 2018.

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