Game developer Wargaming America is working hard to bring some game-based virtual simulation to the USS IOWA. The battleship recently took its final voyage to dock at the port of Los Angeles, where it will serve as a museum beginning next month. Wargaming's simulation promises to bring the battleship's "history to life by creating a bridge experience and an aerial combat game that will live on the ship and showcase its firepower and aerial defenders in action."
In the ship's below-deck digital theater, Wargaming America will offer a virtual video experience from the bridge recreating the ship’s role in supporting the American landings at Okinawa, Japan, in 1945. Visitors will also to see a simulation of the ship’s 16-inch gun turrets rotate and fire at targets.
In addition to that, Wargaming is developing a game room on board the ship that will put visitors in Grumman F6F Hellcat warplanes to defend the USS IOWA from attacks by Japanese Zeros. There will be 15 stations onboard.
"The USS Iowa is such an important piece of U.S. Naval history and we’re extremely proud to be able to sponsor it," said Jeremy Monroe, General Manager, Wargaming America. "One of our core tenets as a battle-focused gaming company is military history and preservation, so it means a lot to us to be able to provide a virtual view of the USS IOWA in its past glory for its many upcoming visitors."
On a related note, the ship will serve as the location for a reunion of USS IOWA veterans July 2-6, and then celebrate its public grand opening with a ribbon cutting on July 7. Tickets are on sale for the grand opening and subsequent dates. To purchase tickets online, visit www.pacificbattleship.com and click on "Buy Tickets & Memberships Now." Ticket information also is available at 877-446-9261.
General admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and retired military personnel with valid ID, and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Active duty military and reservists should ask about discounted tickets. Admission is free for children under 6 and residents of the state of Iowa with valid state-issued ID.
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