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

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 Vives motion controls.

Its 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 Googles 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 Goyers announcement at the Star Wars Celebration event, though, the project wont 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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