Vader Immortal, the award-winning Star Wars virtual reality experience, finally made its long anticipated move to PlayStation VR on Tuesday.
Taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Vader Immortal sees the player take the role of a smuggler, exploring the fiery hellscapes of Mustafar and, eventually, taking on the big-bad himself. The project was hit with vast praise when it was released for the Oculus Quest and Rift last year.
"Back in 2016, when ILMxLAB first started talking about creating a canonical VR series that focused on Darth Vader, our goal was to tell a new and unique story about one of the most infamous villains in the galaxy," explained Mark Miller, Vader Immortal's Creative Director. The focus on narrative is profound; the project is separated into three episodes which take around an hour each to complete. Each episode features lightsaber combat, exploration, quirky puzzle-solving and a 'Lightsaber Dojo' - an essentially endless training mode where players can practice while unlocking customisation options.
But those expecting a completely immersive, open-world-RPG experience may be left disappointed. The Verge's review of Vader Immortal compared the game to an amusement park attraction: "It's fun and well produced but very much focusing on delivering a smooth cinematic experience rather than challenging gameplay."
From the sounds of it though, if you've ever wanted to have stunning VR lightsaber duels against the world's most famous villain, you're likely to have a great time. All three episodes of Vader Immortal are available now on PlayStation VR, bundled together for $29.99.