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An eye on Nemesis Reborn

Wednesday 21 February 2024 12:21

Alton Towers have today revealed more insight into Nemesis Reborn, as the park confirms that the reimagined coaster is due to open on 16th March 2024, a few days ahead of the ride’s 30th anniversary.

Nemesis Reborn Visual

Alton Towers’ website has now been updated to reveal more detail about the backstory for Nemesis Reborn, and how the story of the classic attraction has been mutated to bring it into the 21st century.

Earlier in the year, the park’s website featured an updated version of Nemesis‘ original story, where a routine excavation in Thunder Valley had unearthed Nemesis, an alien predator from another dimension, and the Phalanx had been mobilized to bring the situation under control. But the legend has now been further expanded to include Nemesis:Sub-Terra and how the reopening of that facility links to the work to rebuild Nemesis.

The updated backstory for Forbidden Valley reveals that the recommissioning of the Phalanx Research Facility, i.e. Nemesis Sub-Terra’s 2023 re-opening, was a cover story to carry out genetic experiments on Nemesis to create a secret weapon to unleash on the world. Needless to say, these experiments have since gone awry and the Phalanx have once again lost control of the situation, resulting in Nemesis Reborn.

The full new legend can be found on the Nemesis Reborn page of Alton Towers Website. For anyone who’s been following the redevelopment of Forbidden Valley since the start of the closed season, the new backstory goes some way to explain the sleek new aesthetic we have seen sweep over the formerly post-apocalyptic area – Phalanx had turned Forbidden Valley into a field lab, before new havoc was wreaked by Nemesis Reborn.

For the first time, Alton Towers have also confirmed that the iconic Nemesis Reborn eye will be “brought vividly to life through state-of-the-art audio visual technology – demonstrating its evolution into a predator.”

The park have also revealed that “Extensive, new, immersive elements will propel visitors into this compelling new narrative from the moment they set foot in the resort’s Forbidden Valley.” No doubt referring to the new theming currently being installed on the former site of the Nemesis Cannon.

Marketing Ramps Up

To coincide with the new revelations, two marketing moments were released to confirm the new details.

Anyone signed up to receive ‘viral’ Seek the Truth e-mails, had a new missive drop into their inbox:


“I’ve said it all along. Turns out the Phalanx had everyone fooled. They reopened the Phalanx Research Facility, increased security, and promised it was all for the greater good. Forbidden Valley was supposed to be on lockdown, everything was under control.My updates have told a different story. And now, Nemesis Reborn is back. They weren’t just aiming for security – they wanted power. Their plan? Experimenting with the Nemesis creature to create a monstrous secret weapon with the power to overcome any situation.

These mutations made Nemesis stronger, enhancing the blood flow through terrifying tentacles, developing impenetrable armour, attack spikes, acidic saliva, and enhanced vision capabilities. Individuals on the inside like me, warned them it was a bad idea, that human technology couldn’t control this otherworldly beast. We were ignored.

The Phalanx’s secrets are out, discover the truth yourself from the 16th March!​”

Meanwhile, the opening date was also confirmed via Alton Towers official media channels, along with a new promo filmed a Cannock Chase, known locally as a hot-spot for alien sightings.

The video also features the ride’s soundtrack, giving us our first proper listen to the updated Nemesis Reborn theme music, an enhanced version of the ride’s original music.

The video is the latest in Alton Towers’ Nemesis: The Closed Season playlist on Youtube, which gives an overview of the Nemesis Reborn story so far.

Accompanying the video, a press release from the park stated:

Giant Alien Eye Heralds The Return Of Alton Towers’ Most Iconic Rollercoaster 

“The giant, blazing eye of Alton Towers’ Nemesis creature casts a spine-tingling glow at one of the UK’s most notorious alien hotspots.

Cannock Chase in Staffordshire has been a hotbed of unexplained alien activity since the 1980s.

The appearance of the floating seven-metre-wide eye heralds the hugely anticipated opening of Nemesis Reborn, which Alton Towers Resort can today officially confirm, will take place on March 16. 

Breathtaking drone footage and images released today showed the other-worldly scene at sunrise.

Nemesis is returning following an extensive transformation of the iconic ride, that has come to be revered by millions of thrill-seekers since its launch three decades ago.

Now known as Nemesis Reborn, part of the transformation has seen the entire 250-tonne, 716-metre-long track replaced as well as a complete overhaul of the beast which gives the ride its name.

The beast’s eye, ringed by razor-sharp teeth, is brought vividly to life through state-of-the-art audio visual technology – demonstrating its evolution into a predator.

Imprisoned underground for much of the past three decades by a shadowy organisation known as The Phalanx, it is now free and out to wreak vengeance.

Extensive, new, immersive elements will propel visitors into this compelling new narrative from the moment they set foot in the resort’s Forbidden Valley. 

Alien activity has long been synonymous with Cannock Chase, located on the doorstep of Alton Towers in the Staffordshire countryside.

The Ministry Of Defence has officially investigated dozens of reports of unexplained activity and strange lights in the area.

Incidents include school children who claim to have witnessed an extra-terrestrial figure with a ‘lemon-shaped’ head and a series of triangle shapes seen in the sky.

On its opening in 1994 Nemesis was crowned Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster and has gone on to develop a cult status amongst thrillseekers globally.

Millions of fans from around the world have visited the Staffordshire theme park to experience the thrilling 3.5 G-force, as the ride dangled thrillseekers along numerous twists and turns at speeds of up to 50mph.

Bianca Sammut, Divisional Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Throughout its first 30 years, Nemesis captured the imagination of millions of thrillseekers from around the globe.

“It’s been an astonishing privilege to bring this truly iconic ride into the 21st century. 

“We’ve retained its essential DNA, while harnessing the most state-of-the-art technology and immersive storytelling techniques to ensure it will retain its status as a truly unrivalled rollercoaster experience for a whole new generation.

“And from March 16, those brave enough will be able to experience for themselves the truly awesome power of Nemesis Reborn.”

Over the past year, we’ve been keeping track of all the latest developments in our Nemesis Reborn construction archive. And our forum has been a hive of activity as work on the ride progresses. You can join in on discussion in our dedicated Nemesis Reborn topic, or check out a summary of construction updates and news in our update timeline.