STAR WARS Celebration Announces Darth Vader Virutal Reality Experience

Darth Vader is taking over virtual reality in an unique narrative from Industrial Light and Magic!

Star Wars Celebration is just winding down in London, but there’s still big news to report!

One of the last panels of the day was hosted by ILMxLAB– the immersive technology division of Lucasfilm. The panel focused on a major announcement: ILMxLAB will soon bring fans a new way to connect to an old favorite, Darth Vader!

The company has teamed up with screenwriter David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) to create an unique virtual reality story based on the life of Vader. The team didn’t know quite how to explain the narrative, as participants are neither “viewers” nor “players,” but the experience is meant to be interactive and more personal than just watching a movie.

At the panel, David S. Goyer had a lot to say about the concept and how participants will be able to take on the responsive world.

“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on. You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.”

“…It’s surprisingly very emotional. It can make you sad, and make you lean in, and make you feel for a character in a way you haven’t before. In a way that you can’t really do in any other medium. And it can scare you.”

As of right now, the story has no name nor release date attached. However, ILMxLAB’s most recent accomplishment, Trials on Tatooine, just had a major trailer release.


By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.

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