Star Wars Vader Immortal is a 3 half VR “narrative journey” solely coming to Oculus Quest and Rift. A current trailer has given us a glimpse of what to anticipate from Episode 1, however little or no is thought about Episodes 2 (or three, for that matter). In a panel from creators of the expertise, it was revealed that Episode 2 will centered on Power Powers, whereas Episode 1 can be extra about lightsabers.
Anybody who has ever considered combining VR and Star Wars has undoubtedly considered lastly getting to carry the glowing, buzzing power swords which might be maybe the franchise’s most iconic aspect (professional tip: if in case you have a PC VR headset you will discover out what that’s like proper now).
So it is sensible that Vader Immortal – Episode 1 will focus largely on lightsaber fight as a principal gameplay aspect, as we noticed from the newest trailer revealed final week:
However after lightsabers, the subsequent most iconic piece of Star Wars lore is arguably The Power—the power discipline which connects all the things within the universe, permitting sure people to govern the world in seemingly magical methods.
Final week a dialogue with a panel of creators engaged on Vader Immortal, which centered virtually completely on Episode 1, revealed that Episode 2 would shift focus to Power Powers. It’s simple to think about how this would possibly work with VR movement enter—forcefully pushing enemies with a gesture, levitating essential objects, and perhaps even choking a peon or two.
Sadly the panel didn’t elaborate on Episode 2, however their emphasis on totally different gameplay components from one episode to the subsequent helps us additional perceive the scope of the Vader Immortal episodes, which thus far sound like they’ll lean extra towards the ‘expertise’ finish of the spectrum than full fledged ‘video games’. In the course of the creator panel it was mentioned of Episode 1 that “it’s not a film, it’s not a journey, and it’s not a recreation,” describing how constructing the expertise for VR concerned fusing features of every.
ILMxLab, which is creating Vader Immortal, is Lucasfilm’s immersive and experimental storytelling group. The group already has a historical past of mixing Star Wars with VR, together with Trials of Tatooine (which was launched for PC VR headsets in 2016) and Secrets and techniques of the Empire (a VR attraction that’s a part of The VOID).
Each are undoubtedly ‘experiences’ relatively than full VR video games—they’re shorter and primarily centered on telling a slice of a narrative, with game-like interactions largely used as a way of creating gamers really feel like they’re a part of the Star Wars universe, versus constructing out deep mechanics that may deliver gamers again repeatedly.
Idea artwork from ‘Vader Immortal’ reveals a heavy emphasis on character, location, and story. | Picture courtesy ILMxLAB
Vader Immortal looks like it is going to observe an analogous sample the place the narrative is crucial focus, leaving gameplay as a supporting operate relatively than the primary draw. This is sensible contemplating ILMxLab’s film studio lineage (versus recreation studio). That is simply hypothesis, however from what I’m seeing and listening to in regards to the title thus far, I’d guess that every episode will final lower than an hour; maybe nearer to 30 minutes on common.
That mentioned, the creator panel did trace that there could be some replayability in Episode 1. The panel described a “lightsaber dojo” scene the place the participant will learn to slice and cube enemies (this may be seen within the trailer)—however they discovered it a lot enjoyable that they opted to make a method for gamers to come back again to the dojo and use it after the very fact.
“We are able to’t simply encounter the lightsaber dojo after which transfer on with the story, we have to [let players go back],” one creator mentioned.
What isn’t fairly clear proper now’s if gameplay mechanics from every episode will carry over from one to the subsequent, or if every episode may have discrete gameplay. As an example, if Episode 1 teaches the participant lightsaber fight, will they use that alongside their Power Powers in Episode 2? We are able to solely hope.
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Vader Immortal – Episode 1 is because of launch solely on each Oculus Quest and Rift (and Rift S); it will likely be a launch title for Quest when it hits cabinets this Spring. No launch timing has been given thus far for Episode 2 and Episode three.