Miller said ILMxLAB, the developer behind this game, began talking about creating a canonical VR series that focused on Darth Vader back in 2016. He said they knew VR was the answer as they wanted this project to be highly immersive. ILMxLAB worked with Ninja Theory to nail down the feeling of using a lightsaber to “the point where you really felt like you were parrying a blow, slicing through metal, or blocking blaster fire.”
The first episode of Vader Immortal was released for Oculus Rift and Quest in May of 2019. The second episode came out a few months later in September and the series wrapped with the third and final episode on November 21, 2019. Each episode had to be purchased individually so this PSVR version of the game marks the first time all episodes can be purchased as one complete package.ILM is the development team behind The VOID Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience that can be found in places like Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, or in other VOID storefronts. In those experiences, you actually walk around a building with a VR headset on to experience their Star Wars story. Vader Immortal was the first time an ILM Star Wars VR story could be experienced from home.
The PSVR version of this game does not yet have a price but each episode of the series on Oculus devices came with a $9.99 price tag.
We thought the first episode was good, giving Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Story Episode 1 a 7.5 out of 10.
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