Lucasfilm and HTC have announced that the Star Wars VR experiment, Trials on Tatooine is coming to HTC Vive on July 18th. You’ll be able to download it for free off Valve’s Steam store. The game is not in-depth but on the bright side you’ll be able to swing a lightsaber around and reminisce about the Rebel Alliance and Luke Skywalker’s iconic wistful look in to the twin suns of the binary system.
Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine has been made by Industrial Light and Magic, the same team behind all of the special effects in the Star Wars series films including that famous X-wing sequence inside the first death star and that incredible first shot in Revenge of the Sith.
In the game, you’ll take on the role of a Padawan (Jedi apprentice) who is helping Luke Skywalker rebuild the Jedi order from the ashes after the defeat of the Empire in Return of the Jedi. Suddenly you get a visit from Han Solo and R2-D2 and suddenly you’re swinging around a lightsaber. This game is obviously a tie in to the sequel trilogy mythos that began with The Force Awakens.
The game takes advantage of the Vive’s room scale tracking abilities to show you TIE fighters and bombers as well as droids zipping around the desert landscape and storm troopers racing after you while you try to escape them. It’s also a very minimalist game and has been designed to show off the capabilities of the Vive and the experience of VR more than anything else.
The public version that launches on Monday will be playable on all PCs meeting the Vive’s minimum requirements such as the GPU (either the Nvidia GTX 970 or the Radeon R9 290) according to an article on Gizmag. The same article mentions that the game runs like a dream on the Vive and is simply “magical”. This is one VR experience you don’t want to miss. It’s the perfect mix of nostalgia and child like wonder that each person wants to experience again and again.
The game has been developed under the guidance of Rob Bredow, Lucasfilm’s Chief Technology Officer who also co-wrote the game with Star Wars canon keeper Pablo Hidalgo.
Star Wars Battlefront will be out on the PS VR
Sony PlayStation is partnering with EA to bring you Star Wars: Battlefront to the PS VR. The headset powered by the PS4 is supposed to launch in October and will cost you almost $400 in the US and around £349 in the UK (although that could be subject to change depending how low the pound falls after Brexit).
Star wars is the biggest franchise in the world. It has survived nearly forty years and is more alive than ever before so it’s bound to be a hit on VR if they can get the format right. We’ve seen in the past few weeks what nostalgia coupled with addictive gameplay can do when it comes to augmented reality with Pokémon Go. With Star Wars, they might get more of the same, only bigger.