Full Reveal of ‘Star Wars Vader Immortal’ Quest Launch Title Coming Next Month


ILMxLab is to finally demo its upcoming Star Wars Virtual Reality series, Vader Immortal at the annual Star Wars Celebration event in April.

We reported on ILMxLAB’s latest immersive VR experience way back in October last year, after the studio revealed that their forthcoming built-for-VR experience, set in the Star Wars universe, would form part of the official canonical Star Wars universe. The new experience is being co-developed with Facebook’s Oculus Studios and is due to debut on the company’s forthcoming standalone VR headset Quest.

After remaining schtum for months, ILMxLAB today announced that Star Wars fans can look forward to more details on the experience being revealed during this year’s annual Star Wars Celebration event, due to take place between April 11-15 in Chicago. They’ll also be able to go hands-on with the first episode.

Star Wars Celebration is the pinnacle fan event for the franchise, attracting 1000s of attendees every year and is traditionally a venue for big Star Wars announcements, trailers and games to be teased.

ILMxLAB has announced it’s to let fans in attendance go hands-on with the first episode of Vader Immortal, with demos powered by Oculus’ Quest headset, at the show. Here’s a snippet of the press release to set the scene:

Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series transports fans to the dark lord’s home turf of Mustafar, and with lightsaber in hand, puts them at the center of an original Star Wars story. The canonical immersive adventure takes place between Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, and is set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s award-winning location-based virtual reality experience.

ILMxLAB is also due to hold a panel discussion to dive into details on the first episode of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series. The panel will feature David S. Goyer, the author of the debut episode, known for his work on the The Dark Knight film series.

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The timing is excellent as, although we still don’t yet have a firm release date for Oculus’ brand new high-end ‘standalone’ VR headset Quest, Facebook have said we’ll see the device ship some time in Spring – so even assuming the worst – it won’t be long before Star Wars fans can ‘get their vader on’, so to speak. Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is confirmed as an Oculus Quest launch title.

If you’re heading to Star Wars Celebration, you can catch the panel at 1:30pm CST on the main stage.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded RiftVR.com to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Firestorm185

    Dang, so many good game announcements coming for Quest this week, and updates to games we knew about… Now gimme some hardware announcements! XD

  • GX Studio

    I don’t think anyone honestly expected the Quest to release this week… but now we know. These next few weeks are going to be slow!

    • MosBen

      Yep. It’s seemed fairly likely that the Quest was going to launch at F8, and that seems more and more likely.

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  • Ian Shook

    I’m excited about Quest and Star Wars related things, but that trailer was pretty lackluster.

  • AlanWake

    So, no Rift S at GDC?

    • We’ve got an hour still till the embargo lifts if I’m not mistaken.

  • dogtato

    Why did the narrator think it was “impossible” to get pulled out of hyperspace? That’s what gravity well projectors do…

  • Justin Davis

    Pre-rendered video. Yay.

  • Matt Clark

    Yes I’m wondering why you brought me here with no gameplay footage

  • James Earl Jones voicing Vader? ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) creating the game? That’s a very very good start to this game and if it blows us away, Quest sales are going to benefit greatly from it. Not to mention a big bump in VR becoming attractive to masses of Star Wars fans.

  • Brandon Haney

    will immortal vader come to rift ever? If not shame on shutting out your own fan base.

  • Lucian

    Please tell me, can you actually FREELY move around in this game????
    The Quest lets you move in the real world to move around in the game, I’m bad at explaining… Basically, is it a stationary/rails game, and just wait for the enemies to come to you?? Or you can go exploring + move around when fighting(not just stand still and turn around)? It looks that way in the trailer… :(((
    You know, like the new game “Face Your Fears 2″… That would be freaking awesome!!!