After months of enjoying success on both the Oculus Quest and Rift platforms, Vader Immortal will finally give PSVR users a chance to enjoy its unique narrative experience.
Sharing the announcement on the Playstation Blog as part of Star Wars Day celebrations, ILM x LAB discussed key details about the game and its release on the platform. “We wanted to bring you into the world of Star Wars in a way that could only be done through immersive storytelling in VR.” Executive Creative Producer Mark Miller explained “This would put YOU right in the middle of the action to connect with amazing characters as your actions move the story forward.” Vader Immortal is set sometime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and introduced a short narrative focusing on the Dark Lord. This gives fans a new perspective on Darth Vader, as well as a glimpse of his actions after Order 66.
Aside from the story, a notable and exciting feature in the game is lightsaber combat. Players will get a feel of what it might be like to wield the Jedi weapon, an experience ILMxLAB worked hard to emulate. On developing the mechanic, Miller explained ‘we went through many different mechanics, both in-house and with our partners at Ninja Theory”, Here, they wanted to focus on being able to imitate parrying a blow, slicing through metal and blocking blaster fire. While being fairly different from the Oculus touch controllers, it would be interesting to see how this feels on the Playstation Move.
Vader immortal is planned for launch on the PSVR later this summer. It will also be released as a complete package with all DLCs rather than in an episodic format. It is set to be the second Star Wars VR experience released on the platform, with Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing Mission paving the way for the franchise. The short experience puts you in a detailed replica of an X-Wing cockpit, all the while facing against the might of the empire in a mission gone wrong.