Videos Preview Final Fantasy XR Ride at Universal Studios Japan
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The Final Fantasy XR Ride debuted at Universal Studios Japan as part of the theme park's annual Universal Cool Japan promotion on January 19. People not among the lucky few who can make it to the park in Osaka before the ride disappears on June 24 can still get a taste of the experience online. Universal Studios Japan began streaming a video for the ride on Thursday. The video shows riders and previews the visuals they see while riding.
Universal Studios Japan also began streaming a video for the ride in February. Mogcid hosts the video that previews the ride's journey on an airship through various Final Fantasy dimensions. The game's story centers on "Universal Crystals" and research surrounding them.
The ride combines a physical ride on tracks and a virtual reality headset to give riders a unique experience. The ride celebrates the franchise's 30th anniversary, and it is the series' first ride of its kind.
The ride puts guests in an airship as they warp through the worlds of the various Final Fantasy games in 360-degree vision to search for crystals.
Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano created an original logo for Final Fantasy XR Ride. He said his art combines the exquisite world view of Final Fantasy with the exhilarating rush of the XR Ride.
This year's Universal Cool Japan promotion also includes attractions inspired by Sailor Moon, Detective Conan, and Monster Hunter.
After previously hosting One Piece and Biohazard (Resident Evil) events, the park held its first Universal Cool Japan event in 2015. The events feature attractions inspired by anime, manga, video games, and other aspects of Japanese popular culture. Past events have featured Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Biohazard, Monster Hunter, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Detective Conan, and Godzilla.