Trials on Tatooine Might Just Be the Greatest Star Wars Experience Yet

Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 7:26AM
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Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 7:26AM
Trials on Tatooine Might Just Be the Greatest Star Wars Experience Yet
Watching Star Wars movies and TV shows, reading Star Wars books and Comics, playing Star Wars video games – there are just so many ways to engage with this brilliant franchise. But, as fun as they might all be, nothing comes close to matching what the folks at ILMxLab have created in their Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine Virtual Reality experience.

We got to try out the VR experience at Star Wars Celebration this week, and it might just be the most fun we've ever had with something related to Star Wars.

An opening crawl informs you that the experience is set in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It's a time when Luke Skywalker is attempting to build a new Jedi Order, and you are one of his hopeful Padawans studying the ways of the Force on Tatooine. Your mission? Receive a special package which has been couriered to you from Luke Skywalker by none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.


Strapping on the HTC Vive headset, you're instantly made to feel as though you're right there on the dusty wastelands of Tatooine. Watching the iconic Millennium Falcon swoop in to land right over your head tells you that this is a Star Wars experience like no other. As you learn the ropes of the single control stick in your hand, you help Han and Chewie carry out some much needed repairs on the old rust-bucket of a Corellian Light Freighter. But it's when an Imperial Stormtrooper squad lands a few feet away from you that the action really kicks in.

With stormtroopers closing on your location, you learn that the package Luke has sent you is your very own lightsaber, which you can now control using the special controller. Your task is now to take out the Stormtrooper squad by deflecting their blaster bolts back to their embedded location just a few feet away. This is the stuff that your childhood self could only dream of. Wielding the lightsaber feels real, vibrations make bolt deflection feel real, and you generally feel as if you're right in the middle of an intense Star Wars ground battle. 



This trial session is just the start, though. A Star Wars gaming panel at Celebration is scheduled for today at 2pm ET, during which a release date and more details for the Star Wars VR experience are expected to be unveiled. If you're yet to move into the world of VR gaming, Trials on Tatooine is definitely going to be the title that encourages you to make that leap into the future.
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