At Oculus Connect, Industrial Light and Magic took the stage to announce a new project aimed squarely at Star Wars fans. Vader Immortal, a launch title for the new Oculus Quest headset, will tell a new story in the Star Wars universe in-between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It’s coming in 2019.
VentureBeat reports that the VR series will have players find Vader at his castle on Mustafar. The tech follows on the heels of Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, which had Oculus players in the midst of a battle with General Leia. ILM’s Vicki Dobbs Beck said their mission is to let fans “step inside our stories.” It’s being written by David S. Goyer, who is also working on the VR experience, Secrets of the Empire.
“Whether it’s hearing Darth Vader’s breathing behind you and physically turning to face him in person or wielding a lightsaber with your own hands, Vader Immortal captures the ultimate wish fulfillment,” said Oculus head of experience Colum Slevin. “Untethered VR immerses you in this universe and places you at the center of this amazing story.”
Oculus Quest is the next iteration of Oculus hardware, with full-room tracking and motion controls. Quest is a standalone VR set like the Go, but is optimized for both PC and mobile games, unlike the Go’s mobile focus. It will cost $400–the same price as the Oculus Rift–when it launches next spring.