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Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine – VR Wars

by Conner Flynn

Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB has released the first trailer for Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, their interactive virtual reality experiment. It is a whole new way to visit and battle in a galaxy far, far away. Did I say visit? I meant “live inside”. This looks like an amazing experience.

From the official Star Wars blog:

“In a special press event held at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco, ILMxLAB unveiled Trials on Tatooine: a completely enveloping, interactive virtual reality experiment. Developed under the guidance of Rob Bredow, Lucasfilm’s chief technology officer, and co-written by Bredow and Star Wars canon-keeper Pablo Hidalgo, Trials on Tatooine throws you into Star Wars for, truly, the first time, and for a longtime fan, it’s a watershed moment. Without delivering too many spoilers, it goes something like this…

Strap on the VR headset, take a remote in hand. But with the VR gear on, the remote looks more like something from a Coruscant electronics shop. Space and stars surround you. The opening crawl begins — the familiar Star Wars main theme triumphantly blaring — but this is no normal Star Wars prologue. It’s three-dimensional, you’re right on top of it. You learn that Luke Skywalker, having defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, is looking to rebuild the Jedi Order. One hopeful Padawan is heading to Tatooine. That Padawan is you.”

Sounds pretty cool. Check out the videos to learn more about Trials on Tatooine.

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