Disney has announced that they’ll be releasing a new VR experience through their Star Wars franchise called Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay.
This new VR experience by ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm will focus on the infamous new droid, BB-8. Players will have to repair the droid and other astromechs throughout the experience. Powered by Nissan, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, was developed for the HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. The experience itself willbe coming to select car dealerships in the US, Mexico, and Canada (which is quite weird).
“In Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, participants take on an important role: astromech technician aboard General Leia’s ship,” according to the Star Wars team. “Participants will be completely enveloped in VR, using their own movements to interact with and repair BB-8 and his droid friends. Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is the official VR experience connected to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will see the debut of brand new astromechs, complete with their own unique personalities and original designs.”
Other Star Wars Experiences
Star Wars has been working on many immersive experiences on various platforms. Recently, they announced that they’ll be opening a hyper-reality experience with The VOID at their theme parks around the nation called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. This will place guests in a VR arena where you’ll put on a mobile headset and discover the immersive world of Star Wars.
They have also released an augmented reality app in partnership with Lenovo called Star Wars: Jedi Challenges where you get to battle the likes of Kylo Ren using your lightsaber.
In addition, the franchise has released a short VR experience called Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine where you’ll be using your lightsaber to reflect oncoming enemy shots from their laser pistols. It’s a short demo that illustrates the power of virtual reality and how you can immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe.
Release date for Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay
Disney has yet to announce a release date for this upcoming experience and has yet to describe if this title will be available to the public to download on the HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. We’ll keep you updated on this bit of news.