Star Wars: Vader Immortal VR Experience Announced for Oculus Quest

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The new series has been named as Star Wars: Vader Immortal and is based entirely around iconic villain Darth Vader. It has not been confirmed yet, but hopefully Star Wars: Vader Immortal will allow users to inhabit the Sith Lord's signature helmet and wield his red lightsaber at some point. Glimpses of the actual game content are sparse and stylized, and the release date is only "2019".

Oculus is looking to have a big launch title for its new Oculus Quest VR headset and it's turning to ILMxLab to do that with a brand new Star Wars "story experience". So that narrows it down a bit, but it's not clear if the new game will be bundled or sold separately.

Earlier today, the next iteration of the Oculus VR headset, known as Oculus Quest, was revealed by Facebook and Oculus.

Under the hood, the Oculus Quest uses the same optics as the Oculus Go with a display resolution of 1600x1440 per eye. The result is something called "Vader Immortal", a new trilogy set in the Star Wars universe, entirely running on the Oculus Quest.

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The story series was written and executively produced by David S. Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins (great) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (not great).

The story is set up by the events of ILMxLAB's award-winning hyper-reality story Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Fans got their first look at the first episode at Oculus Connect 5. The tech follows on the heels of Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, which had Oculus players in the midst of a battle with General Leia. Secrets of the Empire isn't something that you can download and play on your own gaming device - instead existing as a kind of VR ride available at Disneyland - but a retail VR game is a sensible next step.

ILMxLAB develops and publishes premium, story-based immersive entertainment experiences for the home, theatre and public venues.

Pricing and global availability has yet to be revealed for Vader Immortal.