I hope you’re Prepared to live out another childhood fantasy, as ILMxLab, Lucasfilm’s immersive-entertainment division, have revealed that their VR Star Wars experience is coming to Steam VR for free this Monday.
Although don’t get too excited just yet, as little is known about Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine other than it’s more of a little showcase/experiment – similar to Nvidia’s Funhouse – rather than anything resembling a full game. Although given the $0 price tag and the words ‘Star Wars’ in the title, it could be 5 seconds long and you wouldn’t find us complaining. Most importantly however what is known is that you will be able to use your Vive controller for it’s destined purpose; being a lightsaber.
For those who can’t be bothered to watch, the trailer shows the millennium falcon coming in to land in the desert, before coming under fire from enemy Tie Fighters and then stormtroopers. Luckily though R2D2 is on hand to provide the player with their trusty lightsaber, which is used to promptly deflect the unsurprisingly ineffective storm trooper blasts.
While Trials on Tatooine has been known about for some months, it was believed to be an underground project for something bigger down the line. Luckily for us all though ILMxLab have decided to release it to us mere mortals for free. The game will be available to play for HTC Vive users currently, but with the impending release of the Oculus Touch, it will most likely be playable for Oculus users as well, seeing as it is not pegged as any kind of exclusive.
If this isn’t enough to satisfy your urge for VR Star Wars, then you’ll also be excited to know that ILMxLab has also announced another VR experience centered around everyone’s favourite youngling murdering psychopath, Darth Vader! It’s awesome to see that VR is being used by huge filmmaking companies like Lucasfilm, as who knows where the future of movies lies with the use of VR. Very exciting times ahead indeed.