Since ILMxLAB and Oculus announced their VR Star Wars story, fans have probably been having nightmares about facing down Anakin Skywalker at his most James Earl Jones. That's because Vader Immortal puts players right in the heart of Darth Vader's Mustafar lair - in VR. And at its Star Wars Celebration panel, SYFY WIRE learned a lot more about it.
From writer David S. Goyer, the three-episode experience sees the tragic villain beckon viewers in sometime between the trilogy bookends of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The story was set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (which takes place a few days before the game) and thanks to some of the game's creative team speaking at its panel - including Goyer, narrative designers, Lucasfilm story experts, and more - it all ties together with Vader. "It's very scary," said Goyer.
The panelists agreed that Darth Vader was perhaps the most intense character for players to meet in VR, which was a factor when they were working on the experience even at the early, fly-on-the-wall stages. But when Vader walks towards players...there's nothing left to say. It had to be just about Vader and the player, all in and around his Mustafar lair. Players will learn a bit more about the lair and why Vader is in this castle, as well as more about the mysterious lava planet and its inhabitants.
Then they debuted the first trailer for the game which showed off a sassy ally droid (played by Maya Rudolph, no less!), some Mustafarians, and some lightsaber lore all surrounding the captain of a ship named Windfall. After your capture, you find out why Vader needs you - and it likely has to do with some of those mysterious carvings fans can see in the trailer below:
Yikes. The game, which will be the first time fans learn about the culture of the Mustafarians, will be an all-new story featuring plenty of new characters, lore, and settings. And also if you hold your lightsaber close to your head, it gets louder. How cool is that? There will be a mode, separate from the story, called Lightsaber Dojo, that will allow players to hack and slash to their hearts' content - all without worrying about the progress of the Sith residing in the tower. The castle, since it is both a base and Vader's home, allows the game to focus on a few of the baddie's personal ambitions - ambitions that may not be purely Imperial.
They also announced that the game will also come out on both Oculus' Quest and Rift consoles, meaning the first episode of Vader Immortal hits the Quest and Rift in 2019. Just wait until you get your Force powers.
You can find all of our Star Wars Celebration coverage here.