Next week sees the first episode of Star Wars: Vader Immortal finally launch on Oculus Rift. As Quest owners will know, it’s a pretty thrilling narrative-driven experience. But it’s also only the first installment of a three-part series. What can we expect from the second episode?
According to narrative designer Mohen Leo, we’ll learn to use the Force. Leo hinted as much in an E3 Coliseum presentation for the experience this week. Anyone that’s played through the first episode of Vader Immortal will have seen the hints about where part two is going. Leo essentially confirmed it.
“I think, again, [the Force is] such a huge part of everyone’s Star Wars fantasy and everyone who, again, has watched the movies at some point kind of reached out and pretended what it would be like if I could, y’know, move an object with the power of my mind,” Leo said. “And so the second episode will really lean into that and try to fulfill that fantasy of what it’s like to be able to use the Force.”
In the first episode, players got to wield a lightsaber. Crucially, though, you pretty much always had one hand free. Perhaps in the second episode we could see some gesture-based Force controls for your free hand? We also can’t wait to see what that might mean for the app’s excellent wave-based lightsaber dojo.
For now, we don’t have a release date for the app’s second episode. We also don’t know if it will come to Quest first or hit both that and Rift at the same time. Lots of questions, then, but we’ll just have to stay patient.