Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is the Latest VR Experience from ILMxLAB & Oculus Studios

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge

ILMxLAB has had plenty of success bringing Star Wars into virtual reality (VR), whether that’s at home with Vader Immortal or on location with Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Today, the studio has announced its latest collaboration with Oculus Studios, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge

The upcoming VR experience will be an extension for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the new area at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. If you’ve really wanted to go – but at the moment can’t for obvious reasons – then Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge could help fill the void.

Featuring an original story set between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the title is slated to include both new and iconic characters from the sci-fi universe. Set on the planet of Batuu on the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost, the videogame is said to contain: “multiple styles of gameplay and difficulty settings to accommodate a wide variety of players.” Whether this will be similar to Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series interactive film style remains to be seen.

“We are so excited for fans to step into Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge later this year,” said Vicki Dobbs Beck, ILMxLAB Executive-in-Charge in a statement. “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.”

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge

“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,” adds Mike Verdu, VP of Content, AR/VR at Facebook.

As Oculus Studios is involved expect Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge to be exclusive to its platform, with Oculus Quest support almost a given. Currently, the VR experience is expected to be released later this year. As further details are released, VRFocus will let you know.

Community Download: What’s The Best Star Wars VR Experience?

Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today’s Community Download, we want to know what you think is the absolute very best Star Wars VR game or experience out there?


Today is May 4th, 2020, also known as May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day because Fourth sounds like Force. May the Fourth be with you, get it?

Chances are if you’re a VR fan then you’re a Star Wars fan and if you’re a Star Wars fan then you at least have a passing interest in VR. That’s just the law.

But the question is: what’s the best way to experience Star Wars in VR? Obviously there’s The Void, which has an amazing Star Wars location-based VR game that runs you and up to three others through a daring adventure across Mustafar as you narrowly escape Darth Vader’s base. But it’s a bit impossible to try that right now. Then there’s the excellent and totally underrated X-Wing VR Mission in the original Battlefront remake from DICE for PSVR. It still rocks. Plus, Vader Immortal is a wonderful episodic experience for Quest and Rift (coming to PSVR soon) that’s definitely worth experiencing. But maybe you prefer the fan-made variety instead? There’s one for flying an X-Wing, a series of Skyrim VR mods, a Robo Recall mod, and many others, to pick from too. We also rounded up a bunch of options a few years ago here.

Regardless of your choice, there are a lot of great options out there these days. What’s your pick for the very best Star Wars VR game or experience?

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The VOID’s New San Francisco Location Is Now Open

Today the newest branch of The Void, an immersive location-based VR experience center, opened in San Francisco, CA.

This newest location for The Void debuts with two of the company’s most popular attractions in the form of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and Ralph Breaks VR. Secrets of the Empire is featured outside of both Disneyland and Disney World and was created in partnership by Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB as an official part of Star Wars lore. We tried it and really enjoyed it.

Ralph Breaks VR uses a very similar physical space layout but takes place in the Wreck-it-Ralph universe and is a great option of families with younger children. We liked it too for what it was.

There is no word yet on if this location will also get Ghostbusters or Nicodemus, but some of the new, upcoming experiences yet to be revealed for this year and next are likely safe bets. We’re expecting to likely see more Marvel and Disney experiences for sure based on past announcements.

In related news, we’ve been big fans of the work Nomadic is doing as well and they’re expanding to multiple new locations too. Their Arizona Sunshine zombie experience was very impressive with lots of physical object interaction.

The Void’s San Francisco location is on the 4th floor of the Westfield Mall, just off the escalator, at 865 Market St. They’re open every day from 10AM – 9PM and you can buy tickets for either Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire or Ralph Breaks VR, the two experiences on offer at this location, on the official website.

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The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Coming to Second London Location

In December, location-based virtual reality (VR) specialist The VOID brought its highly anticipated experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to London, UK, for a limited run. Currently running at the Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) shopping centre until 7th March, The VOID will now bring the hyper-reality videogame to Westfield Stratford City at the end of March.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

While there’s still time to book in at the Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) location, if you happen to live on the other side of the city the new location might be more convenient. Once The VOID has packed up after 7th March it’ll reopen at Westfield Stratford City on 29th March 2018. Similar rules apply in that the experience will only be there for a limited time run, ending on Sunday, 13th May 2018.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire uses The VOID’s own custom built, untethered VR system to freely move about the multi-sensory experience. The videogame puts players deep into the Star Wars universe, with its own unique story: “Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team’s orders.”

If you’ve not yet been or have and want to go again, you can currently book a place for either locations through The VOID’s website, but Westfield Stratford City will cost a little more for some reason. Standard tickets for Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush)  are priced at £32.50 GBP per person, with off-peak tickets are available for £30 per person. A standard ticket for Westfield Stratford City is £35.00 per person, with off-peak tickets still priced at £30.

Cliff Plumer, chief executive officer at The VOID said in a statement: “Hyper-reality experiences allow us to fully immerse ourselves within worlds that were beyond our reach until now.  The power of The VOID will allow guests to step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and not only see this spectacular world, but also hear, feel, touch and even smell as they realize they are a part of this incredible story.”

For any further updates from The VOID regarding locations for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, keep reading VRFocus.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is Coming to London, Tickets on Sale Now

During October, right in the middle of the Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) announcements, The VOID, ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm decided to reveal that tickets were available for virtual reality (VR) experience Star Wars: Secrets of the EmpireWhilst the timing may not have been great, the announcement would certainly have peaked the interest of Star Wars fans the world over, especially those in the US as it would be featuring at just two Disney resorts. For those fans based in Europe – and certainly the UK – they’ll be pleased to hear that there will be a limited time chance to head to a galaxy, far, far, away starting this December.

The VOID will be running one of its ‘hyper-reality’ experience locations at the Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) shopping centre for 12 weeks, starting from 16th December 2017.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Just like Ghostbusters: Dimensions, attendees will use The VOID’s own custom built, untethered VR system to freely move about the multi-sensory experience. As for what to expect in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, The VOID has detailed some of the story: “Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team’s orders.”

What you really want to know is how to book and how much. Well from 16th December you can just walk down to the location and try to buy a ticket, with the likelihood that they’ve already been purchased. The best way to secure yourself a spot is to book online through The VOID’s website. The experience puts you in teams of four, so if there are more of you then you’ll be split. Tickets are priced at £32.50 GBP and there doesn’t seem to be any concessions online.

With the short three month run – and especially over Christmas – tickets will probably go quite quickly. For any fruther updates on The VOID, keep reading VRFocus.

‘Star Wars: Droid Repair’ VR Experience Comes to Consumer Headsets Next Week – New Trailer

Hold onto your extendable plastic lightsabers, kiddies, because ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm recently announced a new Star Warsthemed VR experience, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay — Astro-Mechanic for the Resistance. While the experience was originally only announced to debut… for some reason… in Nissan car dealerships, the experience is now set to launch next week on SteamVR, Viveport, and Gear VR.

Update (11/29/17): Announced earlier this month, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay became available first in select Nissan car dealerships, but today ILMxLab announced the experience will launch come December 6th on SteamVR, Viveport, and Gear VR. A new trailer accompanied the news:

Though the announcement makes no mention of the Rift, it’s expected the SteamVR version will work fine given the platform’s inherent Rift support, and that the prior Trials on Tatooine (2016) experience works with the Rift. No price is mentioned in the announcement, though it isn’t clear whether or not the experience will launch for free.

Original Article (11/2/17): As chief astromech technician aboard General Leia’s ship, users are tasked with repairing BB-8 and a number of (less-marketable) droids that are needed for the war effort, according to the Lucasfilm’s Star Wars blog. Developed for HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR, the experience is coming soon to select Nissan dealerships in the US, Mexico, and Canada.

From the description, it sounds like a neat diversion, similar to Valve’s Portal: Aperture Robot Repair released as an early demo for HTC Vive. Hocking it in Nissan dealerships feels odd, though it’s likely that Nissan paid to have the experience produced to draw people into their dealerships as part of their broader Star Wars themed marketing campaign.

As Lucasfilm’s experimental immersive media wing, ILMxLab has been producing its distinctly Star Warsflavored pieces for VR like Star Wars Trials on Tatooine since it was founded in 2015, which ideally immerse you in the galaxy far far away as a bid to keep you living and breathing Star Wars until they can get you into theaters for the next big franchise movie. And as the next Sisyphean Star Wars hype cycle moves into full swing, I can’t help but think this was whipped out, or re-purposed to fulfill a contractual obligation to provide Nissan with something, anything for its ‘Master The Drive’ sales event.

image courtesy Nissan

Given it’s an official VR experience promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it’s also hard to imagine anything more banal than experiencing the Earth-shattering debut of “brand new astromechs with their own unique personalities and original designs” while waiting for the salesman to finalize your Altima lease, but at least it’s sure to be realized in the same high-quality we’ve come to expect from ILMxLab.

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It’s uncertain if the latest Star Wars experience will also be available for the general public at some point to try out in their own homes where, you know, you don’t have to talk to car salesmen. We’ll of course keep you updated, so check back soon. [see update above]

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Fix BB8 And Pals In A New Star Wars VR Game Made By ILMxLAB

Whether you’re in the highest of high places or camped out in the dustiest of dustbowl planets in the back of some uncharted system technology will always fail you. It’s a great equaliser. And what are you going to need when it does go wrong? Someone to fix it all up. Whether you’re in the middle of  a war (the sort involving clones and separatist robots), running the first Galactic Empire, a fledgling rebellion or some sort of new ‘order’ you’re all in the same situation when the aircon doesn’t work, the deathstick machine is busted or you have to dump your cargo at the first sign of an Imperial starship because your hyperdrive has a transponder loose.
Not that you want to be selling anyone any deathsticks anyway. You should go home and rethink your life if so.

No, in all of these situations you’re going to need a mechanic – unless you and some Wookie are really going to fix that hyperdrive? Yeah, I’m sure that’ll work out great. For the Resistance there’s likewise always, always, a need for a good skilled mechanic. After all, those astromechs do have a tendency to blow a gasket over the most trivial of things. That or they get shot. They have been known to get shot. Particularly the brave ones.

In a new virtual reality (VR) game from ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay — Astro-Mechanic for the Resistance, you will take on the role of said mechanic (more specifically an astromech technician) as it attempts to fix the likes of everyone’s favourite spherical droid BB8 of various faults and maladies.  The videogame, connected to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, (StarWars.com refers to it as “the official VR experience” connected to the film) is an immersive experience that will work on both the HTC Vive and the Samsung Gear VR. However, there is a catch.

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is made in partnership with car manufacturer Nissan and will be coming to “select dealerships” in North America (U.S, Mexico, Canada). No information was given regarding a general release or a release to any other markets such as Europe and Asia. You can see some screenshots below.

There’s more still to come with regards to this and VRFocus will bring you that informtaion as we get it.