At the London Star Wars Celebration convention, a couple of key points regarding the future of Star Wars VR were revealed. The first is that the previously-announced Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine would be available July 18. The second is that a new VR game is in the works focused on Darth Vader.
The announcements were made at a panel discussion with ILMxLab, the experimental wing of LucasFilm that is working on both VR experiences. Road to VR has more on the panel, but the key takeaways are that Trials on Tatooine is around 10 minutes long, and will be available on Steam for free.
The Darth Vader VR game sounds like much more than just an experiment, however. David S. Goyer, writer of Christopher Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, appeared on-stage to announce that the game was a “full Star Wars narrative VR experience”. Goyer continued:
“It exists within the Star wars universe, it involves characters that you know or some that may have been talked about but you haven’t seen before and it will be adding to the existing canon … So we’ve got the entire Star Wars universe at our disposal. What planet do we want to be on, what location, what character is so iconic that we need to know more about this character?
We’ve got this incredible new storytelling platform that allows you to feel in a way that you’ve never felt before and possibly feel for someone that you’ve never felt before, and allows you to feel like you’re really in a real place.”
You can see the trailer for this Star Wars Darth Vader VR experience at around 1:55:00 in the panel’s livestream, below: