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Netflix working on another “Squid Game” VR experience to let you battle your friends to the death

If you want to have a fun night out with your friends and act out the deadly challenges from Netflix’s “Squid Game,” you’re in luck.

Sandbox VR, which runs virtual reality experiences in real-world areas, has teamed up with Netflix to make a “fully immersive” VR experience based on the very violent South Korean thriller “Squid Game.”

The virtual reality experience Sandbox VR x Squid Game will open in late 2023. In it, players are taken to different “Squid Game” locations where they compete in “pulse-pounding challenges” inspired by the Netflix show and try to be the last one standing. After each game, Sandbox VR will give players their own highlight reels that show how they reacted in-game and how their own Squid Game story went.

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The smash hit “Squid Game,” which is Netflix’s most-watched show of all time when it first came out, has already been turned into a VR experience by the interactive gaming company Immersive Gamebox. The VR version of “Squid Game” launched last summer at locations around the world.

The second season of “Squid Game” has been picked up by Netflix. It also gave the go-ahead to a reality show called “Squid Game: The Challenge,” which has been in the news for being “inhumane” to its contestants in the United Kingdom.

Sandbox VR started in 2016, and it now has more than 30 locations around the world, 12 of which have opened in the last year. Each place is more than 5,000 square feet and has at least four decks where people can try out the virtual worlds.

“Our mission is to bring people closer together through world-class immersive experiences. What could be a more perfect fit than ‘Squid Game,’ the most widely shared and discussed television series of the past years?” Sandbox VR founder/CEO Steve Zhao said in a statement. “It’s an amazing opportunity to partner with Netflix to provide these fans the chance to transport themselves into the world of the show.”

Motion-tracking technology and a haptic-feedback system are used in Sandbox VR. This is how the player’s whole body moves. The company says that makes for an experience “not possible with home VR or other location-based VR platforms.”

“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Deadwood Valley,” “Deadwood Mansion,” “Curse of Davy Jones,” “Amber Sky 2088,” and “UFL: Unbound Fighting League” are the six experiences that the company has on the market right now. Andreessen Horowitz, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, Gobi Partners, and Craft are all investors in Sandbox VR. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kevin Durant, and Will Smith are also individual investors.

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