We all want Star Wars VR. These guys want to make it a reality.
When the Wii was announced, all of us wanted a lightsaber combat game. When the Oculus Rift was announced, all of us wanted an X-Wing and Tie Fighter revival in the style of EVE Valkyrie that made us feel like a pilot in the Galactic Civil War.
Thanks to creative director Rob McLellan, who produced that popular robot serial killer short a few years ago, we have a Star Wars VR proposal powered by the Unreal Engine show. You can check it out here:
What does it show?
About what you’d expect: tons of iconic sequences from the original trilogy from a first person perspective. The big moments include confronting Vader in the carbon freezing chamber on Bespin, piloting an X-Wing at the Battle of Yavin, bringing down AT-ATs at the Battle of Hoth, and the speeder bike chase on Endor.
We also caught a glimpse of a Rancor in there, so it’s probably safe to say the developers intend to put that scene in the full game in some capacity.
Do the developers have a full game in mind?
We’re not entirely sure. It may just be a compilation game that lets you experience the greatest moments of the saga from a first person perspective, but we sincerely hope they have more in mind than that. Many complaints regarding several Star Wars games is that they only recreate many scenes from the films (seriously, how many times have we played the Battle of Hoth?), which is why titles such as Knights of the Old Republic and Tie Fighter are so beloved.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a tech demo meant to stir up interest in a potential project. If you want people to invest in your Star Wars game, recreating iconic scenes from the films is a pretty safe (albeit standard) way to go.
What game do you wish they’d make?
We’re fairly certain everyone would cry rivers of nerd tears if a proper X-Wing or Tie Fighter sequel were announced that had Oculus Rift support. Imagine being a pilot after the events of the Battle of Endor on the side of the New Republic, fighting to liberate planets from the Empire culminating in the Battle of Jakku. Then we could have a sequel campaign about the birth of The First Order and their military campaigns to recapture the former glory of Palpatine‘s Empire.
Of course, this is all just wishful thinking.
What are the chances this will become a full game?
That really depends on the reaction to the trailer. If an online revolution forms with hundreds of thousands of supporters in favor of making this a real game, there’s a good chance EA may consider it. If not, well, it was a very nice idea with a spiffy trailer behind it.