Lucasfilm and ILM are always looking for the next step in cinematic experiences, and with the emergence of decent virtual reality they seem to have found their next frontier… or at least something to mess around with. The Verge is reporting that ILM’s xLab is working on a Darth Vader VR “movie” which will be scripted by David Goyer.
We put the word movie in quotes because it sounds like the project might better be described as an “experience” — as the VR user will be able to interact with the world and characters. Goyer told The Verge:
“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on [the narrative],” Goyer said. “You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.”
The current intent is to make the experience canon to the current Star Wars timeline, so I doubt the user will be able to make any significant narrative changes.
While this sounds like fun, Goyer’s track record is a mixed bag. Clearly this is a neat idea, but it remains to be seen if it will end up executed well.
I guess we’ll find out.
Via The Verge