The Star War series has already made it’s virtual reality debut with Trials on Tatooine in 2016 and Lucasfilm has no intention on slowing down its high-end content anytime soon.
So it’s surprising that the Star Wars VR experience I’m most excited for is actually a small, unofficial experience that’s more of a tech demo than an actual game.
So what about this little demo makes it the coolest virtual reality game based on the infamous sci-fi franchise? How about getting to control everyone’s favorite sphere-shaped droid, BB-8? Oh, now I have your attention.
In the short video posted by Reddit user pv_8, aka Pat Vince, the player appears to be able to control a virtual RC version of the precocious little robot by tilting the HTC Vive controllers in specific directions.
The result is a fun-looking, physics-based experience that could potentially make for a highly-addicting game. The player in the video leads BB-8 through an array of obstacles such as weaving through traffic cones, balancing over a seesaw and barreling through an unlucky wall of boxes.
The whole time I couldn’t help but think about how cool it would be to play a Star Wars game with the mechanics of something like Super Monkey Ball. Imagine an entire virtual reality game played through the eyes of BB-8 as he infiltrates First Order compounds, carefully balancing his way through air ducts as he avoids detection. I mean the stuff writes itself!
Unfortunately as stated previously this is an unofficial project that will almost certainly never see a release. Regardless the demo still looks like endless fun. While no download has been made available as of yet, pv_8 has stated that he will release a download link after some slight touch-ups.
Check out the creator’s YouTube page to check out some other Star Wars assets getting the virtual reality treatment.