Star Wars seems to be the “go-to” franchise when it comes to virtual reality demos, and we have seen experiences ranging from becoming a Jedi on Tatooine to piloting an X-Wing spacecraft. Disney has been taking it to the next level with VR technology over the last few months, and it seems they have yet another space-based experience in the works.
- Become a real life Jedi in Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine
- Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR mission will release solely for the PSVR later this year
Produced by Industrial Light & Magic’s immersive entertainment division, the new experience takes viewers into the world of Darth Vader, giving them the opportunity to become fully immersed in the narrative surrounding the character. Viewers will have the opportunity to interact with the world in a number of ways, including lifting up objects and moving them around, all the while watching the continuing story of Anakin Skywalker unfold.
Writer David Goyer explains:
You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on [the narrative]. You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.
The difference between cinema and television and VR — particularly with the fidelity that [the xLab] team is working on — is that you really feel like you’re there. The sense of presence isn’t just a buzzword. It can make you sad, and make you lean in, and make you feel for a character in a way you haven’t before. In a way that you can’t really do in any other medium. And it can scare you.
Goyer announced that he had joined ILM’s X-Lab team at a recent Star Wars celebration panel, and the team is excited to have him. Goyer is known for his ability to produce dark and mysterious story lines for the main characters of films, and he seems to be the perfect person to continue writing Darth Vader’s story for Disney. In fact, Disney has announced that the story present in the experience is genuine, and will be considered cannon to the Star Wars universe. Because of this, Star Wars fanatics will be even more drawn towards the experience to be able to truly understand everything they can about Star Wars and its characters.
Are you excited for the experience? Darth Vader should certainly be an interesting character to follow, as there is a lot of down time in the films in which we don’t see exactly what he is up to.