If the human world leaves you feeling rather morose then you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a whole new world for you to explore. Let’s face it, immersive experiences are getting weirder, and weirder and weirder by the minute – but that’s why we love them, and we think you’re going to love this. The Otherworld is, quite literally, what it says on the tin; a neon-cum-pastel extravaganza that’s all about VR, immersion and zingy Scientific fanfare. You’d think the location was all hush, hush but it is in fact cuddled up underneath a railway arch in Haggerston. Take a wander down there and, Harry Potter-esque, enter a new and groovy world where cocktails, craft beer and island cuisine are thrown in.
The Dream Corporation are behind the fun – a company whose “just another day in the office,” typically involves creating parallel universes of infinite possiblity! So how does it work? Well, each player will be in their own Immersion Room until, as if by magic, you’re re-connected to the rest of your group but just in a completely different, VR-based setting.
If you’ve ever had a tinker at Black Mirror’s VR episode Playtest and the thought of this business is seeing you break out into a hot sweat then fear not; the experience is a result of a £1m investment and includes incredible VIVE headsets and rooms that are all about the multi-sensory. Altogether there are sixteen rooms so you’ve got all the choice in the (immersive) world, from a trip to the Wild West to zombie hunting or a stint in the whacky environment of Rick ‘n’ Morty.
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Still freaked out? Well scrumptious food and drink is still on the cards either way and that’s always an incentive to visit somewhere! Lords of Poké are on hand with their pan-Pacific offerings and a cocktail menu designed by an ex-Milk & Honey mixologist is available to wash it down.
Let the games begin!
Otherworld opens on the 15th of April at 336 Acton Mews, E8 4EA and we can’t flippin’ wait – time to get techy! www.other.world