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Star Wars Arrives at Manchester’s IMAX VR Centre

In celebration of the launch of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans can now join the Force and step into the Star Wars universe with two virtual reality (VR) experiences at the newly launched IMAX VR Centre at the ODEON at intu Trafford Centre. Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, the official VR experience for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine are both now available to all who visit the centre.

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay screenshot

In Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay participants take on an important role as an astromech technician aboard General Leia’s ship to fix BB-8 and his droid friends. In Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, users can repair the iconic Millennium Falcon and wield a lightsaber to defend R2-D2 from incoming stormtroopers.

Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine was originally revealed at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, last year, and has since been made available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. VRFocus got hands-on with the experience at the time of its reveal, stating in a preview of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine: “As Stormtroopers approach the player is told to keep R2-D2 out of danger. Any Star Wars fan worth their salt immediately translates this as deflect blaster shots using their newly equipped lightsaber.”

Other VR experiences currently available at the first IMAX VR Experience Centre in Europe include Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive, where users step into the shoes of the iconic DC Super Heroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash and Aquaman; Space Flight, where you can experience the exhilarating feel of a space jet take off; Star Trek: Bridge Crew “Rescue at Perseph”, a multiplayer experience that takes place on board the Federation starship where you are responsible for firing phasers, plotting a course and bringing the ship to warp, and Eagle Flight a multiplayer experience offering the freedom of flight along with the thrill of aerial combat.

Justice League VR: The Complete Experience screenshot

The IMAX VR Centre is located in the lobby of the ODEON at intu Trafford Centre, and consists of 10 “pods” to allow multiple players to enjoy interactive VR experiences in an extremely social environment. The content at the IMAX VR Centre will be updated regularly, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.