Banking on the massive success of Resident Evil 2 (Biohazard RE:2 in Japan) remake, Universal Studios Japan has once again announced the development of a new escape room game, that is based directly on the latest title.
Biohazard the Extreme throws players into the most intense period of the Raccoon City outbreak — at least that’s how the setting seemed to be. Customers availing for the experience will play the role of a member of the Racoon Police Department. The objective is the same as always; escape your out way out of an obstacle course towards the finish mark using whatever resources or strategies you might need.
As with most Resident Evil (Biohazard) escape rooms, you will encounter zombies and B.O.W.’s of varying degrees of frequency and intensity. The requested “difficulty setting” is adjustable from one to five, with five being the highest. Depending on the course you want to take, objectives will be different, and weapons plus pickups will also vary.
Because it is an initial announcement, there are no official media yet that promotes the escape room. Though, knowing the rest of what Universal Studios Japan has released so far, it is only a matter of time before some promotion trailer gets uploaded on YouTube.
Age restriction for Biohazard the Extreme is set at R12, so most elementary school students will not be able to participate and join.
Escape rooms based on popular video games is not a new thing in Japan. In fact, it is something that is regularly being looked forward to by fans of certain franchises that implement these types of entertainment.
For the uninitiated, a video game-based escape room is basically a licensed amusement attraction where you roleplay in real life as characters from the game or franchise that the service is promoting. You then play within a designated area using various items, accessories, or gadgets to relive the experience of the game as originally as possible.
Huge amounts of people register for these kinds of events. It usually takes a significant wait period, as well as scheduling, before you can finally attend to one. Also, costs for these experiences can be pretty extravagant, from 3,000 yen to 5,000 yen ($30 to $50) per visit.
The level of technicality and roleplay, however, is a lot more impressive than regular escape rooms, to the level that you can probably forget just how expensive it actually was.
Metal Gear Solid: Real Infiltration Game, for example, was held at the Tokyo Mystery Circus starting September 2018. As you might have guessed, participants in the experience get to do stealth missions a la real Solid Snake, with a bunch of different actors playing the roles of soldiers and other characters that you must (or must not?) interact with for the duration of the experience.
The Resident Evil franchise also had its fair share of different escape room experiences that did the same thing. Biohazard: The Real 1, 2, and 3 were all done and presented by Universal Studios Japan. As you can see from one of the official trailers shown above, it’s quite the experience, even if it does get a little bit too overboard.
If you happen to be in Japan or is visiting very soon, tickets for Biohazard the Extreme will be available at Universal Studios Japan’s official website. Those who can avail the Express Pass option will be able to join a shorter waiting list for the event.
Biohazard the Extreme will be open starting September 7th until November 4th this year. Additional Halloween-themed events for scheduled runs will be implemented on the last four days of the theatrical experience (November 1st to 4th).