ILMxLAB has announced a brand new Star Wars virtual reality project called Vader Immortal. The first instalment of a new three-episode experience will launch on the new Oculus Quest headset in Spring 2019.
Revealed at Oculus Connect 5, shortly after the Quest itself, the experience will sit between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope in the Star Wars canon.
The experience has been made in partnership with Oculus Studios, and will seemingly commence with the player summoned to Vader’s palace on the planet Mustafar, by the newly-minded Dark Lord of the Sith himself.
You may remember that planet because it’s where Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought to near-death and the former was transformed into Darth Vader. Vader’s palace also appeared briefly within the standalone Rogue One movie.
There’s not a lot to go on here either, but the line ‘you may wonder why I have brought you here’ is intriguing. Whether you’ll be representing Vader, or fighting against him, we can hope for a little VR lightsaber action involving Star Wars’ most iconic baddie at some point
If you aren’t planning on grabbing the new Oculus Rift standalone headset, there’s still hope it’ll appear on headsets from other companies. Oculus is only the “premier partner” for the game so, while we’d assume the Quest will have first dibs, its likely to eventually appear on other VR platforms.
This won’t be the first time Star Wars has made an appearance in the VR realm. During the build up to The Last Jedi, the company offered a number of rudimentary experiences via Google Cardboard. ILMxLAB also launched the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and Trials of Tattooine experiences arrived in 2017 and 2016 respectively.