As it has been said on DSNY Newscast repeatedly, immersive entertainment is the future of entertainment. And, at the moment, ILMxLAB — and, um, Darth Vader — lead that charge for Disney.
StarWars.com’s Dan Brooks reported:
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.
The 3-part series, written by David S. Goyer, is coming to Oculus Quest in 2019
Darth Vader: we know him as the galaxy’s most infamous villain whose mere breathing can spread terror across an entire universe. A blend of advanced technology and moral decay, his power is unrivaled. Vader’s death is, of course, famous to fans all over the world – but there’s still much to be told about his life…
The series takes place on the lava planet Mustafar between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and features a unique combination of immersive cinematic storytelling and dramatic interactive play. You’ll go inside Vader’s fortress, first seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set in the fiery wasteland the Sith Lord calls home.
“We always look for opportunities to explore the Star Wars universe in new ways,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm in a statement. “ILMxLAB is very excited to be working with David S. Goyer on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars experience which allows fans to travel to Darth Vader’s fiery, lava-ridden fortress and wield a lightsaber on his home turf.”
Goyer, whose credits include Blade, Batman Begins, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, added, “As a lifelong Star Wars fan, working with ILMxLAB on an untold Vader story is a dream come true
“The experience is designed to be ‘immersive first,’ meaning that from its inception, this 3-part series has been conceived and executed specifically for the VR medium.
“We’re breaking new ground with this project that places you, the user, at the center of the story.”
I have an Oculus and have enjoyed much of the Disney, and Star Wars-specific content, on the device. Even merely watching Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on the machine changes the experience drastically (and for the better). I am very much looking forward to returning to “a galaxy far, far away….” via this new concept by ILMxLAB.
Do you have an Oculus? Have you enjoyed Secrets of the Empire? What do you think of this new project? Let us know in the comments below.