CASIO TO RELEASE METAVERSE-BASED VIRTUAL “RIDE” THROUGH THE WORLD OF G-SHOCK DURABILITY TESTING
New G-SHOCK THE RIDE Experience Is Second Offering of VRChat-Based Content from Casio
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of G-SHOCK THE RIDE, a virtual attraction that allows users to experience what it might be like to participate in the durability testing Casio puts the G-SHOCK line of shock-resistant watches through. The amusement-park-like virtual “ride” is accessible on the social virtual reality platform VRChat.
In October 2023, Casio opened a virtual G-SHOCK STORE on VRChat to provide metaverse-based content offering visitors experiences with G-SHOCK customization, as well as seeing how VRChat avatars look wearing watches they have created, and more. The space is designed to serve as a touchpoint between the G-SHOCK brand and new users.
Now, as a second offering of VRChat-based content, Casio is releasing G-SHOCK THE RIDE, a ride-type attraction offering users simulated experiences of futuristic G-SHOCK durability tests.
While based on G-SHOCK durability tests actually conducted at the Hamura R&D Center, a base of development for the brand’s watches, G-SHOCK THE RIDE goes far beyond, featuring a narrative that imagines the form those durability tests might take in the future. The attraction invites users to hop on board a G-SHOCK with their avatar as if stepping onto a ride at an amusement park, to enjoy the kind of fantastic, beyond-reality immersive experiences that are only possible in virtual reality spaces. In addition to the fun, game-like enjoyment G-SHOCK THE RIDE offers, the attraction provides a space expressing the true, reality-based worldview of G-SHOCK with the exacting durability tests the brand conducts to ensure the unparalleled toughness of its watches.
In the G-SHOCK spirit of never-ending challenge and evolution, Casio aims to bring new value and experiences to the metaverse and other realms.