"The world I came up with, that I'm pushing, is you are ‘the visitor’—the visitor in this story that’s happening around you that you may have some effect on. You can pick up things, you can open things, you can push things. You can walk and touch characters. Imagine being in a movie."
David S. Goyer[src]

Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is a three-part VR experience created by ILMxLAB that involves Darth Vader. It was written by David S. Goyer, who had previously acted as a writer for the The Dark Knight trilogy. According to Tim Alexander, the supervisor of ILMxLAB, they came up with the idea when deciding how to best expand the Star Wars universe, with Vader being the first one to come up.[1] The first episode, Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I, launched on May 21, 2019 on the Oculus Quest.[4]

The project was first announced at Celebration Europe in 2016.[5] On September 25, 2018, ILMxLAB teased the project on their Facebook and Instagram accounts,[6][7] followed the next day by the release of a teaser trailer.[4] Later that day, The Star Wars Show confirmed that the series is to take place between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[3]

The series had a panel at Celebration Chicago on April 12, 2019, featuring the developers, including writer David S. Goyer, and an exclusive interactive preview of the series' first installment.[8] According to Ben Snow, the plot point involving Vader using a mercenary to find an artifact to bridge the gap between life and death was derived in part from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and would also add layers to Vader's character.[9]

Vader Immortal was a finalist for an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media" in 2019.[10] It was awarded with the 2020 Game Developers Choice Award for Best VR/AR Game.[11]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 People Magazine Collector's Edition: The Secrets of Rogue One
  2. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Live Stream - Day 1 | The Star Wars Show LIVE! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) states that Vader Immortal is set days after Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Mon Mothma, who is mentioned in Secrets of the Empire, became actively involved in what became the Alliance to Restore the Republic after the skirmish in the Archeon Nebula, which took place in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Secret Cargo". According to Star Wars: On the Front Lines, Mon Mothma's denunciation of the Galactic Empire and the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance take place 2 years before the Battle of Yavin or 2 BBY. Because these events occur during "Secret Cargo", it must take place in 2 BBY, placing the events of Secrets of the Empire, and therefore Vader Immortal, after those events.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWYTlogo.png Vader Immortal First Look and Meet the Cast of Star Wars Resistance on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) states that Vader Immortal takes place prior to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, Rogue One takes place in 0 BBY, meaning that Vader Immortal must take place between these two years.
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars.com Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. YouTube.png ILMxLAB's Darth Vader VR Story Experience Teaser on the ILMVFX YouTube channel (backup link)
  6. Facebook icon.svg ILMxLAB on FacebookILMxLAB announcement (September 25, 2018). "Alert all commands." (backup link)
  7. Houghton, Rianne (September 25, 2018). Star Wars teases mysterious Darth Vader-related virtual reality project. digitalspy.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2020.
  8. StarWars.com The Mandalorian and Vader Immortal Head to Celebration Chicago on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. Breznican, Anthony (2019-05-07). First look inside the Star Wars virtual reality experience Vader Immortal. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 17, 2020. Retrieved on May 8, 2019.
  10. Hart, Ben (2019-07-18). Emmys Nominate 'Star Wars Resistance' And 'Vader Immortal' For Awards. starwarsunderworld.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019.
  11. Untitled Goose Game Nabs Game Of The Year At The 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!. Game Developers Conference (2020-03-18). Archived from the original on March 20, 2020. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]

ILMxLAB Productions
Immersive Stories
Secrets of the Empire (2017)
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series (Episode I · Episode II · Episode III) (2019)
Experiments
Jakku Spy (2015) · The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience (2015)
Trials on Tatooine (2016) · Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience (2016)
Droid Repair Bay (2017) · Reflections (2018) · Project Porg (2019)
Theme Park Attractions
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run (2019) · Rise of the Resistance (2019) · Tales from the Galaxy's Edge (2020)
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