ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s award-winning immersive entertainment studio, has announced that a new virtual reality (VR) experience is in development, titled “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.”
This VR experience is being created in collaboration with Oculus Studios, and scheduled for release later this year. There is no announced Oculus platform for the experience just yet, but we have confirmed that this will be an at-home experience rather than a destination attraction like “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” at The Void.
“We are so excited for fans to step into ‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge’ later this year,” said Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive-in-charge for ILMxLAB. “This action-packed adventure not only speaks to the promise of connected and complimentary experiences by extending the lore around Black Spire Outpost, it represents another meaningful step in ILMxLAB’s quest to transition from storytelling – one-way communication – to storyLIVING, where you’re inside a world making consequential choices that drive your experience forward.”
“Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” will give players the chance to live out their own adventure and explore a new part of a galaxy far, far away in VR. This original story will feature new and established characters from the Star Wars universe, along with multiple styles of gameplay and difficulty settings to accommodate a variety of players.
“The rich storytelling in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has redefined what a Disney Park experience can be, and we are thrilled fans will have an opportunity to discover new stories, meet new characters and explore new regions of the planet Batuu in ‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge,'” said Scott Trowbridge, creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Now our guests can immerse themselves in the stories both inside and outside our parks.”
This VR experience will take place between “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on the planet Batuu, with the adventure set on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost — the theme park land at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
“We’re very happy to collaborate with ILMxLAB again on ‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.’ VR is an incredibly powerful storytelling medium; this experience will immerse fans in a deep and thrilling adventure within the Star Wars galaxy, as they are transported to impossible places through the power of virtual reality,” said Mike Verdu, vice president of Content, AR/VR at Facebook.
Stay tuned for more updates on this VR experience as they are released! To learn more about ILMxLAB, visit ILMxLAB.com.