Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio, ILMxLAB, is developing a new Star Wars VR experience called Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.
“We are so excited for fans to step into Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge later this year,” says Vicki Dobbs Beck, ILMxLAB Executive-in-Charge, via a press release. “This action-packed adventure not only speaks to the promise of connected and complementary 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.”
That’s…lovely, but as far as actual details go, there isn’t much information about this VR experience available at this time. Plot-wise, it seems that Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will focus on the time between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It will also take place on the planet of Batuu “on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”
That last part is especially interesting as it seems that Black Spire Outpost will be the latest featured land at the Galaxy’s Edge theme park. Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will apparently serve as an introduction/companion to the attractions featured in that area.
“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,” says Scott Trowbridge, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive. “Now our guests can immerse themselves in these stories both inside and outside our parks.”
If the previously released Vader Immortal is any indication, then it seems likely that Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will feature a blend of gameplay and story sequences. Considering that Vader largely focused on lightsaber combat, we imagine that this VR title will focus more on blasters, outlaws, and other non-Jedi elements of the Star Wars universe. Of course, that’s really just speculation given what we understand about this corner of the galaxy.
The idea of using VR to bring some of the Galaxy’s Edge experience to people at home is a fascinating concept, though, and it’s something we fully expect Lucasfilm to continue exploring as the reach of the Star Wars brand continues to grow.