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Location-based VR platform Hero Zone includes its first third-party production

Using standalone headsets drastically lowers the initial hardware investment, and at the same time, creates a greater sense of freedom. As a result, the business case for offering co-location multiplayer VR became much more interesting. Hero Zone was one of the first companies fully embracing this opportunity giving every venue the possibility to offer their visitors a premium social VR experience. Its credit-based licensing system and no-contract policy also drastically lower the barrier to entry for the VR market. Over 100 locations across 18 countries jumped aboard in a relatively short time frame.

Following the success of Hero Zone’s four IP games, the Belgian creators decided to open up their platform to third-party productions. One of the strongest features of Hero Zone is that it joins some of the most successful free-roam experiences under one game launcher and makes it possible to switch between them with one click. It discards the inconvenience of having multiple game launchers with their own calibration process, play area sizes and business model.

Image courtesy of Hero Zone.

Hero Zone announced Cops vs Robbers as their first distribution partnership. Cops vs Robbers is a themed person-vs-person (PvP) shooter developed by a Dutch team of five VR experts with a track record working on big titles such as Arizona Sunshine from Vertigo Games. They also have 5 years of hands-on experience in the LBVR market, having 300,000 people experience VR for the first time in their arcade. Cops vs Robbers is known for its interactivity and visual design, resulting in a high-quality VR laser tag game.

Hero Zone requires a minimum play area of 4.5 meters by 4.5 meters (15 feet by 15 feet), making it a space-effective free-roam platform. The user-friendly interface, intuitive gameplay, and option to play with up to 6 players, and leaderboards and multiplayer mechanics function as a magnet for repeat play.

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