Just announced at a Star Wars “Meet ILMxLab” panel at the Star Wars Celebration expo in London, Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine will be released for the HTC Vive on Steam for free on Monday 18 July.

One of the highlight experiences of a packed VR-laden show that was VRDC / GDC in March, ILMxLabs, the immersive technology wing of Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine is the groups most promising VR experiment yet. Now, ILMxLabs have revealed at their own panel at the Star Wars Celebration event in London that the title will be made free to HTC Vive owners on Monday July 18.

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Road to VR‘s Ben Lang went hands on with the experience, that was shown at GDC 2016 in March and this is what he had to say about it:

At only about 10 minutes long, Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine was only a tease that left me wanting much, much more. If ILMxLab has their way, it sees likely we will get just that. The group says experiences like this are about learning what works and how to tell stories through immersive media like AR and VR, but their grand vision is to not only learn from such experiments, but to eventually create something that’s released widely for everyone to enjoy. Exactly what form that comes in, the lab isn’t saying just yet, but it’s clear that they’re heading in the right direction.

ILMxLab are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting prospects for virtual and reality content. The team also recently announced a partnership with the mysterious and much hyped Magic Leap on what was described as a “collaboration lab” – producing augmented reality content to utilise Magic Leap’s reportedly impressive hardware.

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If you own an HTC Vive, we strongly recommend you get your hands on Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine when it pops up on Steam this coming Monday.

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  • Trooper Gooner

    Can’t knock that for being free! Nice.

    • Charles

      Yeah, didn’t notice that it was free at first. Just assumed it was like $30 because of the quality level.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Can’t wait for Monday! (other then the going back to work part)

  • Sch@dows

    A little afraid of the “cinematic virtual reality experience” subtitle (fearing it may be like the disney vr app), but well … it’s free so there is no arm to try tomorrow.

  • Pistol Pete

    HELL YEAH!!! Can’t wait!!!

  • VRDRUMMER
  • Kash

    Still refreshing the market page, but it did not show up yet.

    • PianoMan

      Ah, so I am not the only one haha.

  • Albert.CR

    Just downloaded and tried the Trials on Tattoine experience… a bit meh for me… it requires 2x2m roomscale to be able to play it properly, and I have 2.8 x 1.7 which prevented me from pushing certain buttons making the experience a bit frustrating… in the end I got to use the lightsaber and deflect some blasts from imperial troopers.. .that’s what we’re all here for, right?… a bit underwhelmed, but it will be interesting to see what new content of the franchise will they introduce in the coming months…

    • yag

      I’m praying for a X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 2 in VR.
      And Kotor 3 in FPV, thanks Santa.

    • VR Cat

      Hopefully future installments will have larger levels to explore and will support the Virtuix Omni, then you’ll be able to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybExYMIxwDM

  • ima420r

    This was so cool! Waaaaaaay too short though. I can’t wait for a AAA VR game where I can do more Jedi stuff like duel with lightsabers and maybe force powers and actually walk around.