After originally coming to Oculus Rift and Quest devices throughout 2019, developer ILMxLAB announced today that all three episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series are soon headed to the PlayStation VR platform.
Announced over on the PlayStation Blog, ILMxLAB’s Executive Creative Producer Mark Miller revealed in conjunction with Star Wars Day (May the 4th) that Vader Immortal will be launching on PS VR this coming summer. Rather than releasing each of the series’ three episodes individually, Miller said that all chapters will be coming in a single, purchasable bundle, making it all the easier to experience the game’s full story. Additionally, all previously released lightsaber dojos will be included in this package as well.
Each episode of Vader Immortal puts you toe-to-toe with the iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader and tells a wholly original story written by David S. Goyer. However, while the story might be at the forefront of the Vader Immortal experience, it’s not all that the game offers. The aforementioned lightsaber dojos feature a number of combat scenarios to take part in where players can equip themselves with the most iconic weapon from the Star Wars universe to do battle.
“We listed out everything that we thought fans (and ourselves!) would most want to experience, if they were inside the Star Wars galaxy. Wielding a lightsaber was right there at the top of that list, but we knew that if we were going to do that, we had to do it right,” Miller said in today’s post on the PlayStation Blog. “We went through many different mechanics, both in-house and with our partners at Ninja Theory, before we got to the point where you really felt like you were parrying a blow, slicing through metal, or blocking blaster fire. We continually tested and tweaked the feedback until we got it right.”
These lightsaber dojos also give players the perfect excuse to stay active and moving about while utilizing VR. Not only will you be hacking and slashing at enemies and deflecting blaster fire in these dojos, but you’ll have to keep your head on a swivel while doing so. Most of these dojo encounters in Vader Immortal place you in environments where enemies will be appearing all around you constantly, meaning that you’ll have to utilize a full, 360-degree range of motion. If you want to set your own high scores in these lightsaber dojos, you’ll surely have to break a sweat to do so.
For now, a specific release date or price for Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series has yet to be given, but more news is said to be arriving in the next few months. Considering all three episodes on Oculus cost $9.99 each, it would make sense for this full collection to retail around $30 on PS VR, but that remains to be seen.
Until then, you can read more about Vader Immortal over on the official PlayStation website.