Now that the prospect of VR gaming is fast becoming a legitimate reality, people have been excitedly discussing what video game franchise would be perfect to bring to the futuristic platform.
Should Metroid's Samus Aran get an FPS run out if Nintendo makes the step back to VR? What joys will Sony bring to the platform with PSVR? And what do the full fat offerings from the behemoths of VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, have in store for our eyes?
Well, if any of their gifts are as overwhelmingly exciting as LucasArts and Industrial Light and Magic Lab's latest collaboration, we're in for an absolute treat. Because, guys, there's a Star Wars game coming to VR, and yes, you should be as excited as the title demands.
Branded a "cinematic virtual reality experiment," Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine puts you in the boots of a Jedi as you wield a lightsaber and attempt to survive waves of stormtroopers trying to ruin your day on the sandy planet. R2-D2 has a little cameo, as does the Millennium Falcon, of course.
Coming exclusively to Valve & HTC's Vive VR system, ToT is a full-on 10 minute experience that is all about you learning how to successfully deflect blaster power while waving around and cutting shapes like a sweat-addled, '90s raver.
You'll be happy to hear there's a trailer, and here it is:
Trials On Tatooine is the brainchild of ILMxLab, LucasArts's research and development team, whose main focus is to conjure up brand new experiences within the Star Wars universe, and basically change the way we tell stories and interact with the incoming medium. No pressure there then. But judging by initial reactions to the experiment, ILMxLab is definitely onto something.
ILMxLab has also released another video showcasing more of the mind-blowing tech that the team is attempting to turn into a reality, and offers us a little glimpse into their ideas of how VR and augmented reality (AR) will come to nestle in the arms of the Star Wars universe. And by the looks of it, it'll be a friggin' snug fit:
The idea is utter genius and I honestly cannot wait to see if this tech will be applied to the movies. Imagine having a VR experience on Episode VIII or IX's Blu-Ray release!?