“With all of its Star Wars-related projects, ILMxLAB has changed the way we experience a galaxy far, far away. And that’s the key word, really: experience. Because what ILMxLAB — Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, formed in 2015 — has done is to bring us inside Star Wars. ILMxLAB has broken the wall between passive viewer and character, between spectator and participant. The evolution of their work has been amazing to witness. In the early virtual reality experiment Trials on Tatooine, we got to wield a lightsaber and deflect stormtrooper blasts. In Secrets of the Empire, a collaboration with The VOID first released at the end of last year, we took on the role of rebel-turned-undercover stormtrooper, blaster in actual hand, literally making our way through an Imperial complex on Mustafar. (Complete with heat from its burning lava.) This has all led here — to today’s reveal at Oculus Connect 5 in San Jose, California, of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I, an experience coming in 2019 to the newly-announced Oculus Quest.
Vader Immortal, written and executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Secrets of the Empire), will be a three-part series set between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It connects to Secrets of the Empire (though we don’t yet know how), and sends fans to the iconic Sith Lord’s castle on the lava-world of Mustafar first seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As shown in the teaser trailer above, which also debuted today, we’ll encounter Vader himself and wield a lightsaber. No other details have been disclosed, except that it looks to be the next step in Star Wars VR. […]