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The announcement of Alton Towers' 2012 addition will be made official before the end of the year.

The big reveal is set to take place on New Years Eve, December 31, 2011 at 18:18 local time. 

In October, Alton Towers established a teaser site that referred to the attraction as “Nemesis: What Lies Beneath.” The attraction appears thematically related to the mysterious creature known as Nemesis, whose shell forms the station of the park’s Nemesis roller coaster. The new attraction will join the coaster in the park’s Forbidden Valley, a post-apocalyptic wasteland of machinery seemingly dominated by the namesake creature.

Rumors suggest that the park will open an enclosed mini drop-tower attraction (permits read that the building will be five meters tall and extend six meters underground, meaning the tower could be no taller than 35 feet) wherein riders fall and view a dark ride style scene depicting the underground lair of the Nemesis creature, or the nest of its hungry offspring.

ABC Rides created a small drop tower for Merlin’s London Dungeon attraction, fueling rumors that they may be brought on again to design Alton Tower’s ride. The company also offers a “vertical dark ride,” in which guests rise and rotate around a tower to view dark ride scenes at different levels before free falling.

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