Alterface Announces New Details of ‘Non-Linear’ Dark Ride

By Scott Fais

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The number five just may be Alterface’s (Booths #259, #262) lucky number. The Belgium-based company has developed a dark ride with five rooms, using five vehicles in motion, requiring a structure standing 500 square feet, that would cost $5 million. The new Erratic ride concept uses trackless vehicles to navigate a “honeycomb” floorplan and ditches a singular storyline. “You don’t know what is coming for you,” said Alterface CEO Benoit Cornet. In 2001, Cornet founded Alterface as a company based in virtual reality. His new reality 15 years later is creating a ride that will change every time, half based on guest participation and half on a rotating storyline. “I want that little light in the eyes of people to question what’s next,” Cornet said. “Nothing is preset.” Erratic’s computer system will dispatch vehicles into a central room, before guiding them into one of five show rooms. Inside each room, a different story will unfold on a movie screen, requiring passengers to use a handheld scoring device to rack up points. Throughout the ride, the vehicles will return to the central room before entering one of the five chambers. Each time the vehicle’s spinning motion will be enhanced and the music becomes more dramatic. “The ride is about motion and [a] crescendo,” Cornet said. “If the motion does not become greater, the ride is a failure, because there is less experience.” Cornet said the algorithm controlling the motion and direction of the ride was developed using what he learned while building 50 dark rides. Alterface teamed with ETF Ride Systems to install the first non-linear Erratic at Walibi, Wavre, Belgium. The new attraction will feature “Popcorn Revenge,” a family of new characters based on giant pieces of popcorn with their own personalities. “We believe people don’t want a revolution, rather an evolution,” Cornet said of the next-generation dark ride.