ILMxLab’s third episode of Vader Immortal comes to Quest and Rift on Nov. 21.
The release, coming not long after the release of Vader Immortal episode II, completes the announced trilogy with a Darth Vader duel.
The first episode of Vader Immortal launched with Oculus Quest in May while the second episode arrived during the Oculus Connect 6 developer’s conference in September. This third one is described by Disney as a “slightly longer episode” after the second one took some criticism for its length.
According to a Star Wars blog post about Vader Immortal Episode 3: “In addition to the ancient lightsaber and Force powers that we’ve acquired in the previous episodes, you are able to grab and use blasters dropped by stormtroopers, fight air-to-air on skiffs, and start a battle in Vader’s castle between The Marching Horde droid army and the Imperial battalion stationed on Mustafar.”
Nov. 21 is a week before Black Friday — one of the biggest shopping days of the year — and the perfect time to release if Facebook wants to use the Vader Immortal trilogy to encourage buyers to pick up an Oculus Quest this holiday season. The standalone VR system is priced at $400 typically and Facebook is also planning a November release of an update that should allow a VR PC to treat a Quest like a Rift — bringing over some PC-powered games to the VR headset over a wired connection.
We expect Facebook to be promoting Quest over the next few months ahead of the addition of hand tracking and what might be a Facebook voice assistant service for VR and the launch if its Horizon social networking effort. They’re now giving away all three Vader Immortal episodes with new Quests through January.
Update: We added the trailer and info about the Quest bundle.