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Virtual Reality Goes to a Galaxy Far, Far Away with Two Star Wars Releases

Alex Spencer

Star Wars VRIndustrial Light & Magic, the Disney-owned visual effects company responsible for the Star Wars films, has announced two Star Wars VR experiences.

The first, Trials on Tatooine, is a short game which was first previewed earlier this year, giving users the chance to wield a virtual lightsaber and deflect stormtroopers' blaster fire using the HTC Vive's motion controls.

It's launching for free today on Steam VR, which powers the Vive. Whether it will come to any other platforms has not yet been confirmed – though the reliance on motion controls suggests a release for mobile platforms like Samsung Gear VR or Google's Daydream or Cardboard is unlikely.

Rather than a game, the second VR release is an original short narrative starring Darth Vader and written by David S. Goyer, the screenwriter best known for the Dark Knight movie trilogy, and will be in continuity with the other films. According to Goyer's announcement at the Star Wars Celebration event, though, the project won't be an entirely passive experience, and allow players to make small changes to the world.

That release is considerably further away – no official date was given, but Goyer mentioned it being "a year or two" from now.

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