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Mass Effect-themed '4D' theme park attraction coming in 2016

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts is working with the theme park California's Great America on a "4D holographic attraction," featuring characters and settings from the long-running sci-fi series, that is scheduled to arrive next year.

The Mass Effect attraction will debut in the theme park's Action Theater, meaning it will be a motion simulator experience. The current attraction in the Action Theater at California's Great America, which is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in Santa Clara, California, is "Mumble's Wild Ride," a ride based on the Happy Feet series of animated films. Here's a description from California's Great America of the upcoming Mass Effect attraction:

Riders will climb aboard motion-based seating and wear 3D glasses as they are taken on a thrilling adventure. A live performer will curate the journey and appear to interact seamlessly with the next generation 3D visuals. These elements will be integrated with motion seating, high tech [sic] sound and other 4D effects to create a truly compelling and immersive attraction. Guests will travel through space to a distant planet, face off against bigger than life adversaries and ultimately help save the day.

"EA and BioWare are thrilled to partner with Great America and see one of our most iconic games turned into an exciting high-tech attraction," said Patrick O'Brien, EA's vice president of entertainment and licensing, in a press release today.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the fourth entry in the Mass Effect series, is scheduled to be released next holiday season.

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