Many people want to experience Virtual Reality (VR), but headsets are not really all that affordable. Startups have identified this and are creating more affordable solutions to fill this market gap.
Now, virtual escape rooms has taken entertainment into the future. It is a collaborative escape room challenge, where players try to solve a given problem to exit a virtual escape room whilst wearing a state-of-the-art virtual reality headset.
As described in an interview: “We are in between typical VR experiences and escape rooms, where you have to solve some puzzles to complete the mission. Except in VR, you can be in a different world and go to do some magical things.”
With locations in 27 cities and plans to expand, as well as 20 licenses for hosting, Virtual Room has demonstrated the validity and feasibility of its business model.
The future of Virtual escape rooms
But they face limitations, as there’s a fairly low barrier to entry in the VR industry. If they fail to release new games timeously, they may lose their dominance in the VR Escape Room market.
Virtual Room offers an inclusive experience aimed at anyone over the age of twelve. You can play in teams of two to four, and the duration of each session is approximately 45 minutes.
So far, Virtual Rooms received positive feedback for their unique product. Parents, children, and even grandparents have lauded the product’s entertainment value, stating that it brings them closer together.
VR used for team building
In addition, their games are perfectly suited for team building activities. This is ideal for anyone in the corporate industry, as everyone has to collaborate in order to complete the mission.
The virtual rooms are similar to a traditional escape room: It contains a challenge element and you need to problem-solve your way out of it. The only difference is that the VR headset transports players to another world, so to speak.
Currently, Virtual Room has developed three high-quality games, which have been played by over 200 000 customers globally. Each game is developed in their Paris studio, and a brand new game is released annually.
However, they are hoping to have a faster turnaround with games by expanding their team. The aim is to release a new game every 9 months. Fingers crossed that they expand to South Africa too.
How does it work?
Virtual Room utilises state-of-the-art HTC Vive headsets and advanced hardware. It ensures that all players have a thrilling 3D cinematic experience. They describe their business model as:
“We are not a repeat business customers. We are in that sense, closer to a movie industry, where we are gonna expect a new movie coming out, and people talk about it.”
Each team is assigned to their own room, so they can explore the space. Unlike the norm, the experience is uniquely created to guarantee no feelings of nausea or discomfort for the player.
Virtual room escape games are turning into a global phenomenon. They are universally fun and can be played in nine different languages.