Star Wars is coming to the HTC Vive courtesy of ILMxLab we now know, thanks to the experience’s trailer leaking briefly. It’s to be called Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine and this is what it looks like.

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The experimental arm of the special effects division of Lucasfilm – Industrial Light and Magic – now owned by Disney, have made some over the last 12 months with its concerted focus on bringing the beloved Star Wars franchise to the immersive realm.

Most recently, the ILMxLab team brought their experimental Holo-Cinema to Sundance, with an experience built around the Star Wars and Jurassic Park universes.

Now, it seems a “Cinematic Virtual Reality Experiment” is on its way to the SteamVR powered HTC Vive in the form of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine. According to Engadget, a trailer for the new experience appeared on ILM’s YouTube channel before swiftly being set to private again. But not before eagle-eyed Internet dwellers pulled some screenshots from the video.

The experience features the titular Tatooine location, and it does appear to be a real-time rendered affair with scenes on the famous desert planet, R2D2 and at least one light saber (ZOMG!). The Millenium Falcon also makes a brief appearance.

The experience was actually announced last year to tie in with the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cinemas, but has presumably been waiting in the wings after the HTC Vive’s launch was delayed last year. With the Vive’s launch now set for April 5th, pre-orders now open and VRDC/GDC coming up next week, it’s likely we’re about to find out much more about the experience in the next few days.

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Road to VR will be at VRDC / GDC next week where we hope to learn more about the experience.

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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 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.
  • VR Geek

    Nice to see ILMxLab working with ViVe. Curious how they will take advantage of room scale here. Star Wars fan dream come true no doubt.

  • JAMF

    The link in the “April 5th” statement shows the Vive preorder prices, but there is no info in that article regarding April 5th, whether on shipping, shop-shelves or otherwise.

  • TUD

    I came.

  • Trailmix

    I hope they are working on an X-Wing demo or game.

  • DougP

    Can’t wait – HTC Vive, FTW! :)

    • yag

      Trying hard to reassure yourself about your purchase, aren’t you ? :)

      • DougP

        Reassure myself? WTF?!
        You do realize that they demo’d it on the Vive, don’t you?
        Hmmm….wonder why that was?

        You trying to reassure yourself that all of the best room-scale & most immersive experiences coming to the Vive might make it to the Rift? :)

  • Prague3203

    Sweet. I’d like to see more AAA studios produce more content like this in the future.