Universal May Be Developing An Entire Video Game Theme Park

By July 24, 2015

Earlier this year, we told you about Universal Parks & Resorts entering into a partnership with Nintendo to create new theme park attractions based on the Japanese company’s most timeless characters and franchises. Now, we may have more of an idea on the scope of that partnership, and how it may have just exponentially increased.

According to a report from This Is Infamous, Universal has been developing a lot of Nintendo-based attractions that are reportedly outpacing their previous plans, which could lead to the creation of an entirely new park with a video game focus. If the reports pan out, this would be the third theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort, on top of the pre-existing Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Specific Nintendo franchises cited in the report as being developed into theme park experiences include Mario KartThe Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon.

We now know, though, that Nintendo may not be the only company present at such a park.

The report also states that game properties from Activision Blizzard, specifically World of Warcraft, will also make for a sizable presence in the potential theme park, which wouldn’t be all that surprising considering that Universal Pictures is the studio behind the upcoming Warcraft film that will be directed by Duncan Jones to be released next year. The massively-multiplayer online roleplaying game World of Warcraft is one of the world’s most popular video games, having launched in 2004 while still serving over 7 million subscribers. It also stands as the highest grossing video game of all-time, having earned a total of $10 billion over the course of its nearly 11-year lifespan.

Universal has started to become a stronger force to be reckoned with in the Florida theme park scene ever since the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in 2010. Since then, they have expanded the highly popular area into Universal Studios Florida, and have also added a Harry Potter presence in Osaka, Japan, with one in California currently under construction. Adding new experiences based on some of the world’s most popular video games and game characters would likely be a boon to the overall reputation of Universal Parks, especially as rumors persist surrounding Disney’s possible development of more dedicated Star Wars experiences in the future.

For more on this as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.