Star Wars VR goes to Disneyland.
Well, form of. It’s going to the space simply out of doors Disneyland — Downtown Disney (in Anaheim) and Disney Springs (subsequent to Disney World in Orlando).
As we famous in August, Lucasfilm has been running with VR startup The Void on an enormous, room-wide digital truth experience known as “Secrets of the Empire” that might exist simplest at quite a lot of devoted places. They simply launched a trailer for it, detailing the tale for the first time.
As the trailer presentations, you and your crew of 3 others will swimsuit up in The Void’s standalone VR rig (a backpack and headset) and cross undercover as Stormtroopers searching for — what else? — “Imperial intelligence.” It turns out to be set round the similar time as Rogue One; Ok-2SO is there, and the whole thing down to the title mentions “The Empire” reasonably than the “First Order” baddies present in the later-era flicks.
By mapping VR to a bodily house, The Void is in a position to construct a large ol’ sprawling walk-around atmosphere. They know the place each wall and doorway is in the actual global and will construct the VR global accordingly; upload in the incontrovertible fact that each and every participant’s VR rig is self-contained in a backpack — reasonably than tethered to a PC tower on the flooring — and The Void can transcend the standard protection bubble (learn: small space loose of items to go back and forth over) required for VR.
As Lucas (the TechCrunch creator, no longer the George) famous again when it was once first introduced, this partnership is a horny herbal one. Disney is all about tapping that Star Wars license after spending $four billion on Lucasfilm — as soon as The Void joined Disney’s tech accelerator in 2017, this was once sure to occur. Meanwhile, Star Wars Land is ready to open in 2019, whole with a resort the place each and every visitor will get their very own storyline.
The upside of it being in the buying groceries space adjoining to Disney parks: it may be a standalone ticketed factor reasonably than requiring you to stand in line for a 12 months, and also you don’t have to drop the coin for Disneyland admission.
With that stated, it’s nonetheless no longer reasonable. At $30 in line with consumer for a more or less 30-minute experience, it prices… smartly, a few greenback a minute in line with consumer. Add in the price of 3 extra tickets to flesh out your four-person crew and also you’re having a look at spending $120 on a part hour of a laugh.
Secrets of the Empire will open in Orlando on December 16th, and in Anaheim a couple of weeks later, on January fifth. Tickets are to be had now proper right here.