ILMxLAB has had plenty of success bringing Star Wars into virtual reality (VR), whether that’s at home with Vader Immortal or on location with Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Today, the studio has announced its latest collaboration with Oculus Studios, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.
The upcoming VR experience will be an extension for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the new area at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. If you’ve really wanted to go – but at the moment can’t for obvious reasons – then Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge could help fill the void.
Featuring an original story set between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the title is slated to include both new and iconic characters from the sci-fi universe. Set on the planet of Batuu on the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost, the videogame is said to contain: “multiple styles of gameplay and difficulty settings to accommodate a wide variety of players.” Whether this will be similar to Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series interactive film style remains to be seen.
“We are so excited for fans to step into Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge later this year,” said Vicki Dobbs Beck, ILMxLAB Executive-in-Charge in a statement. “This action-packed adventure not only speaks to the promise of connected and complementary experiences by extending the lore around Black Spire Outpost, it represents another meaningful step in ILMxLAB’s quest to transition from storytelling – one-way communication – to storyLIVING, where you’re inside a world making consequential choices that drive your experience forward.”
“We’re very happy to collaborate with ILMxLAB again on Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. VR is an incredibly powerful storytelling medium; this experience will immerse fans in a deep and thrilling adventure within the Star Wars galaxy, as they are transported to impossible places through the power of virtual reality,” adds Mike Verdu, VP of Content, AR/VR at Facebook.
As Oculus Studios is involved expect Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge to be exclusive to its platform, with Oculus Quest support almost a given. Currently, the VR experience is expected to be released later this year. As further details are released, VRFocus will let you know.