A couple of months ago, Lucasfilm’s entertainment studio ILMxLAB announced that a new virtual reality experience called Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge was on track to come out sometime this year. The initial announcement came with just a single piece of concept art of Batuu, the planet setting for the Star Wars lands in Disney’s theme parks. But over the past few days, Lucasfilm has been slowly releasing more artwork in a build-up to next Tuesday, when the first story details about the experience will be revealed to the public. Check out the latest concept art below. Read More »
Star Wars franchise star Daisy Ridley hasn’t been in much since wrapping up the Skywalker Saga late last year. But she’s seemingly taken a liking to virtual reality, narrating a VR game called The Dawn of Art which dropped in February and now coming on board another VR project. This one is called Baba Yaga, and before you get too excited, no, this doesn’t have anything to do with the world of John Wick. (Baba Yaga, which the movie equates to “The Boogeyman,” is one of Wick’s nicknames.)
Learn about Daisy Ridley’s new VR short below.
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During the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, I took a trip to the moon.
Spaced Out, a virtual reality experience from French digital artist Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet, is one of the most transporting, immersive things I’ve ever tried. Donning a bathing suit, a floatation device, and an underwater VR headset equipped with a snorkel, I floated on the surface of a pool while being visually transported across the surface of a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic moon, all set to the actual audio from the real Apollo 11 mission.
The best part? You may be able to experience it yourselves one day, because Pyaré hopes to expand it around the world. Read more about this experience below.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Ever wanted to learn the ways of the Force from a Sith Lord in person? The Vader Immortal VR experience may be the closest you get to that, and now the second installment in the game is available for the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift platforms. This was a surprise release, with the announcement coming during the keynote presentation at an Oculus developer conference, and it came with a brand new trailer, which you can check out below.
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Technology is not quite advanced enough for there to be a real-life theme park like the one depicted in HBO’s Westworld – at least, not yet. So the next best thing would be to step into a virtual reality version of the show’s park, and starting tomorrow, that experience will become a reality. Get the details about Westworld Awakening, a new Westworld VR game from HBO and Survios.
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Sandbox VR, a company that offers full body virtual reality experiences, has announced that it will be launching a Star Trek Discovery VR experience this fall called Star Trek: Discovery – Away Mission. Similar to what we’ve seen from companies like The Void, Sandbox VR is blending virtual reality technology with tactile physicality, immersing participants in a way that goes beyond simply donning a headset and operating a hand-held controller. Check out the trailer for the new Star Trek Discovery VR experience below. Read More »
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to swing through the streets of New York City as its friendly neighborhood web-slinger, a new Spider-Man VR game is here to approximate that experience. I say “approximate” because this is far from a perfect recreation of Spidey’s abilities or the city in which he operates, but considering it’s a free VR game, beggars can’t exactly be choosers. For a slightly more high quality experience, you can take a closer look at Peter Parker’s Spidey suits in an augmented reality app that gives you a window into Peter’s social life. Learn more about both below. Read More »
As the Star Wars universe keeps expanding, so too do the ways we experience it. There’s the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California coming soon; there are comics, TV, movies, and a whole bunch of titles on the upcoming Disney streaming service. But the most innovative way that Lucasfilm will be expanding on Star Wars will be in virtual reality.
For the past two years, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division ILMxLAB and The Dark Knight screenwriter David Goyer have been teasing a Darth Vader VR project that would add a new layer onto the tragic hero-turned-villain of the Star Wars saga. Now the first Star Wars: Vader Immortal trailer has been released by ILMxLAB.
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IMAX VR was supposed to change the face of cinema. When IMAX opened its ground-breaking virtual reality centers in several cities around the world last year, the film community was abuzz with excitement. Would this change movie-going as we know it? Could we finally live our dreams of fighting alongside John Wick?
A year later, it seems like the answer is: probably not. IMAX has closed down two of its VR centers in New York and Shanghai, leaving the future of IMAX VR in question.
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Someone stop John Travolta.
I thought Gotti would mark a low point for the Pulp Fiction star this year, but the two-time Oscar nominee isn’t ready to give up just yet. He’s starring in Speed Kills, a virtual reality crime series (!) set in 1980s Miami that’s based on a true story. Travolta plays a speedboat racing champion (!!) who gets caught up with the mob, cruises around in a boat with “007” painted on the side, and spits out defiant lines like “I’m not selling Blue Thunder to you!” with a totally straight face (!!!). You’ve gotta see this to believe it. Read More »