Might this finally be the announcement to prod me into buying a VR headset? Possibly, as a new Star Wars VR experience has been announced, and so far it sounds pretty promising.
Created by Lucasfilm studio ILMxLAB (responsible for other VR titles such as Vader Immortal), Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is a new action-adventure title arriving later this year. It’s being made in collaboration with Oculus Studios, but there are currently no further details on platforms. The story is set sometime between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker, and will let players live their own adventure while encountering “both new and iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy”, with “multiple styles of gameplay and difficulty settings to accommodate a wide variety of players”.
Disney seems keen to encourage integration between the Galaxy’s Edge theme park area and Star Wars games – it’s possible to build your theme-park lightsaber in Fallen Order – and as the name suggests, this VR title is no exception. The game takes place in the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost seen in Galaxy’s Edge, on the planet Batuu: described as an old trading stop on the edge of the Outer Rim “[that] was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes”. It’s also a haven for those trying to avoid the First Order, such as rogues and smugglers. Pretty similar vibes to Tatooine, but with less sand.
Anyway, ILMxLAB hopes this title will go beyond “one-way communication” in the form of storytelling to “storyLIVING, where you’re inside a world making consequential choices that drive your experience forward”. I’m not sure about that moniker, but full VR immersion in the Star Wars universe sounds incredible. So long as it’s not the inside of a Sarlacc pit.