Last year, three episodes of Vader Immortal, a virtual reality series set in the Star Wars universe, launched for Oculus devices. On Monday, creators ILMxLAB announced that Vader Immortal will come to PlayStation VR later this summer.
Executive creative producer Mark S. Miller revealed some behind-the-scenes details about the creation of Vader Immortal on the PlayStation Blog. Miller discussed how hard the ILMxLAB team worked, alongside Ninja Theory, to get the feel of a lightsaber just right, and how imposing the famous Darth Vader needed to feel in person, something our impressions say the studio got right.
In our impressions for the first episode, we said Vader Immortal “isn’t a game” but allows players to actively participate in the world of Star Wars. “What’s important about Vader Immortal is that it takes advantage of what VR can bring to a narrative so that I’m able to look at aspects of the Star Wars setting in new ways, both figuratively and literally.”
Vader Immortal follows the story of a Force-sensitive smuggler who gets conscripted into Darth Vader’s service — as part of Vader’s quest to resurrect his wife, Padme, who died of a broken heart after childbirth. Spanning three episodes, the game lets players battle with a lightsaber in hand, or use Force powers to throw around enemies.
While ILMxLAB and Sony haven’t announced a price or release date, all three episodes are on the Oculus store for $9.99 each — suggesting Sony’s complete package will be around $29.99. If you’re worried about picking up a PlayStation VR the summer before the PlayStation 5 launches this holiday, Sony has already announced the new device will have backwards compatibility with PSVR.
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