Tower of Terror: Untold Stories

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Tower of Terror: Untold Stories
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Located in Airpark
Builder(s)

GSK

Status

In Development

Class

Entertainment

Start Date

May 2017

Completion Date

September 2017

Coordinates

-2x -2z

Website

N/A

VRS Profile

Tower of Terror: Untold Stories

Tower of Terror: Untold Stories is an entirely new experience developed by GSK for Virtual Paradise. Untold Stories introduces new technologies and development methods exclusive to Virtual Paradise, including smoother camera movements, increased animation counts, and a probability engine, used to determine slight differences between rides at any given moment.

Tower of Terror: Untold Stories takes place in an abandoned elevator located inside The Hollywood Tower Hotel, an elaborate facade created to house the ride and its operations systems. According to the back story, riders are placed inside a seemingly ordinary hotel elevator, from which people mysteriously disappeared under the influence of a supernatural element many years prior.

Differences to Tower of Terror Remastered

Whereas Tower of Terror Remastered was ported and upgraded in quality from ActiveWorlds, and had been in use since 2013 and therefore subject to that platform's restrictions, Untold Stories is developed exclusively for Virtual Paradise from the ground up. As a result, the level of detail has been increased significantly throughout the attraction, and teleporting between each pre- and post-ride scene is no longer necessary.

  • Seamless transitions: With Remastered and iterations prior in ActiveWorlds, cell limits required teleporting the user between navigable scenes before and after the main attraction. Untold Stories makes the entire experience seamless, so there's no interruption from start to finish.
  • New architecture: Most iterations, including Remastered, used a Pueblo Deco architectural design similar to that of the attraction at Disney California Adventure Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, France. Untold Stories uses the Neo-Mediterranean and Spanish Gothic architectural design similar to that of the attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios Park in Florida.
  • Probability Engine: Remastered used one singular ride profile in the beginning, but when additional profiles were added onto it (i.e. The Rectal Thermometer Battle Memorial Update), a "menu selection screen" was used to allow a user to select which ride profile they wanted to experience. With Untold Stories, when new ride profiles are added that are permanent additions, new parts of the basement queue will be opened up to accommodate the new profiles, further adding to the seamless transitions promised for Untold Stories.
  • 4X Texture Resolution: Most textures in Remastered are 256x256, which a small minority being 512x512. Textures in Untold Stories are 1024x1024 in resolution, and most are from GameTextures.com.

Expansions

Like Tower of Terror Remastered before it, Untold Stories was built to easily allow for additional ride profiles, called expansions.

Temporary Expansions

After Dark (October 2017)

Tower of Terror: Untold Stories will receive a thematic overlay for Halloween 2017, titled Tower of Terror: After Dark, which will include new lighting, revised show scenes, and a remixed soundtrack, featuring music and voiceovers from The Haunted Mansion, an upcoming Airpark attraction. The overlay will be available throughout the month of October 2017, with the original attraction returning in November.

Cabin Fever (December 2017

Tower of Terror: Untold Stories will receive a thematic overlay for the holidays in 2017, titled Tower of Terror: Cabin Fever, which will include new lighting, new show scenes, and a remixed soundtrack, featuring music and voiceovers from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.