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Six Flags New England to add new ‘virtual reality’ Superman roller coaster

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NEW YORK — Six Flags announced on Thursday a partnership with Samsung that will bring virtual reality headsets to nine roller coasters across the U.S., including Superman The Ride in Agawam, Massachusetts. Superman will open at Six Flags New England on April 9, but will add the virtual reality elements sometime this summer.

The roller coasters will be equipped to allow riders to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets to customize their ride experience.

“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world,” said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. “

The virtual reality coasters will launch at Six Flags around the country in March and throughout the Summer. They include  the new SUPERMAN virtual reality coaster in Agawam, and two others that will be similar in San Antonio,  and Maryland. Riders will feel as if they are soaring as Superman takes on the evil Lexbots through hairpin twists and turns, loops, dips and dives before ultimately defeating his foes and returning back into the station.

Other coasters that will feature a mock fighter attack are Shock Wave in Texas, Dare Devil Dive in Atlanta, The New Revolution in Los Angeles, Ninja in Missouri, Steamin’ Demon in New York and Goliath in Montreal.

The VR headset works with Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5.

“Now, people can be immersed into a totally new universe while riding a roller coaster, powered by Samsung Gear VR virtual reality devices. This transforms the modern roller coaster into a totally new, one of a kind sensorial experience – powered by technology. We are excited to work with the premiere brand in theme parks to bring Samsung’s VR technology to nine Six Flags locations across the U.S.,” said Marc Mathieu, chief marketing officer at Samsung Electronics America.

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