Vader Immortal VR series being produced in collaboration with Hellblade devs

In quickstep with the Oculus Quest reveal (opens in new tab) yesterday, ILMxLAB have announced a Star Wars VR series starring the premium vintage OG Darth, Lord Vader himself. The adventure will be spread across three episodes, due in 2019.

Seasoned film writer/producer/director David S Goyer is writer and executive producer on the project. On (opens in new tab) he says that players will be able to explore Darth Vader's castle on Mustafar. ILMxLAB have also been working "in close collaboration" with Ninja Theory, of Hellblade and DmC fame. Maybe they are working on sharpening up the lightsaber combat shown at the very end of the trailer.

It's not clear how long or involved the episodes will be, or who you actually play as, but Goyer confirms that you will get loomed over by the Dark Lord at least once. It sounds like the episodes will be a mix of exploration, cinematics and combat. 

On the official ILMxLAB site (opens in new tab) it describes its mission to transition "from storytelling to storyliving" (ugh) using VR and AR to create "premium, story-based immersive entertainment experiences." Previous story-based immersive entertainment experiences include Trials on Tatooine, shown below. It was a neat, if short, dose of Star Wars fan service.

Ta VG247 (opens in new tab).

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.