Immersive 80s-themed gaming experience comes to Gloucester

An exciting new interactive video game experience is coming to Gloucester, as ARCADE by DARKFIELD comes to the city this March 2024.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
ARCADE from immersive theatre company DARKFIELD comes to Gloucester Guildhall this March 2024.

Gloucestershire gamers won't want to miss the chance to take part in an exciting new immersive experience, delivered in complete darkness, this March 2024.

Produced by immersive theatre makers, DARKFIELD, ARCADE invites participants to step into a nostalgic, 80s-inspired eight-bit video game world, housed inside a shipping container outside Gloucester Guildhall

Suitable for those aged 16 and up, the 30-minute experience allows people to choose their own path through the story — which is delivered through 360-degree binaural sound and sensory effects for full immersion — using an individual arcade machine to guide their character through 'a game world ravaged by endless war'. 

Exploring the relationship between players and avatars, participants will be faced with existential questions about free will and consciousness as they choose whether to pick a side, search for peace, join a cult and more, with DARKFIELD promising that no two journeys will ever be the same. 

DARKFIELD said: 'We’re very excited to present our most ambitious show to date, ARCADE. It’s been a long time in the making. We really hope our audience enjoys exploring the world they are immersed in, aware that there are many other paths through it they could have chosen.

'We’re looking forward to the conversations the audience will be having with each other afterwards, and hopefully seeing them return to discover new paths.'

ARCADE is at Gloucester Guildhall from Tuesday 27 March to Sunday 7 April 2024, with tickets costing £12.

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