The Void hits Resorts World Genting as Asia’s first ‘hyper-reality’ centre

Middle two: Genting Malaysia Berhad's Hui Lim and The Void's Craig Watson celebrating the launch of the Resorts World Genting centre with their respective teams

The Void’s multi-sensory centre has arrived in Malaysia featuring the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and the Ralph Breaks VR experiences, marking the brand’s biggest centre out of North America and first in Asia.

The hyper reality experience was last week unveiled within a 650m2 centre in Skytropolis Funland, Resorts World Genting (RWG). Including this latest opening, there are now nine Void centres globally – five in the US, two in Canada and one in Dubai.

Middle two: Genting Malaysia Berhad’s Hui Lim and The Void’s Craig Watson celebrating the launch of the Resorts World Genting centre with their respective teams

Edward Holloway, RWG’s executive vice president of leisure & hospitality, said: “The Void represents the success of technology in extending the frontiers of hyper reality… This is a great leap forward in entertainment for us and we have invested an initial RM10 million (US$2.4 million) to present this level of immersion and interactivity to our visitors in Asia.”

The Void uses proprietary designed equipment to meld the physical and digital worlds through head-mounted displays, backtop computers and haptic vests, which allow sensory effects to be felt from multiple points using haptic feedback.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire takes guests through a journey where they feel the impact of blaster bolts, smell smoke from the surrounding environment, push buttons to solve an interactive puzzle to escape enemies, all while coordinating directly with their unit in real time through the blended virtual and physical world.

Ralph Breaks VR is an original hyper-reality experience created by ILMxLAB and The Void in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios, based on their latest hit film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

In this experience, guests are immersed in a storyline where they, as netizens, shoot retro alien spaceships, squash pixel bugs, and fend off hordes of bunnies, and kitties in the Pancake Milkshake Diner while they team up with Ralph and Vanellope in a race to rack up the highest score. It’s all fun and games until an evil security system shows up and threatens to take everyone offline.

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