As a lot as I like Star Wars and as a lot as I like digital actuality, I’ve at all times been barely upset by Disney’s official Star Wars VR choices.
It is not that they are dangerous, thoughts. I’ve had a number of enjoyable with them, particularly EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons. My downside is that they at all times really feel like they do the naked minimal in relation to immersion or run time.
I feel Disney’s episodic VR video games just like the Vader Immortal trilogy are a great instance of this. The pitch for that collection particularly is nice. Use the Pressure! Shoot blasters! Combat Vader! However, all of it comes at the price of a really sluggish and plodding journey that has the pacing pace of a Bantha. After they work, they work. However more often than not they really feel like chunk sized adventures that had been constructed to go the time in a queue for a trip at Galaxy’s Edge, somewhat than be an epic house journey in their very own proper.
And that is the place this week’s episode of VR Nook is available in. Whereas this fan-made VR remaster of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast has a run time of meer minutes, as you will see within the video above, it reveals us the seeds of what a extremely immersive, Jedi fight VR recreation might seem like. If solely Disney allowed the participant to be let off the leash a bit, that’s.
Do not let the identify ‘Jedi Outcast VR Fan Remaster’ idiot you into pondering it is a mod for the unique recreation although. Whereas the developer behind the undertaking is engaged on recreating ranges from the precise recreation, this demo is totally standalone and extra of a teaser of what the total expertise might find yourself enjoying like.
Because the phrases ‘fan remaster’ might counsel, this is not a industrial undertaking both and you’ll seize the demo without spending a dime from their Patreon web page. Maybe to additional distance themselves from Disney’s authorized crew, over on their Twitter profile, the developer additionally describes the undertaking as “a fan want and an train on UE4.”
For a brief, and infrequently clunky demo although, this VR remaster is extremely spectacular and it provides us a glimpse of how a lot enjoyable might be had with a Star Wars recreation that has the arrogance to allow you to off the rails. From twin wielding lightsabers and tossing thermal detonators at Stormtroopers by way of to aiming down the sights of a Wookie Bowcaster or taking pictures panels to open doorways, it is the liberty to do what you need that makes this expertise really feel a lot extra immersive than the official releases.
And on that observe, and since nobody requested for it, this is my pitch for an precise VR Star Wars recreation with utilizing this demo as a body work for the idea.
I am pondering a collection of open-world sandboxes for the degrees – a bit like The Strolling Lifeless: Saints and Sinners however as an alternative of zombies you will must keep away from Imperial forces, both by stealthy means, or by killing all of them. You’d play as pressure delicate petty legal who will get caught up in some form of escapade that triggers their journey into full on Jedi warrior. Then, as an alternative of crusing a raft to completely different areas of New Orleans like in Saints and Sinners, you may bounce into your starship and fly at lightspeed to quite a few completely different open world areas set within the Star Wars galaxy. One sandbox might be Mos Eisely, one other a small district of Coruscant and so forth.
The extra you play and stage up, the stronger your Jedi powers turn into. Maybe in one of many primary questlines you may steal and scavenge your means by way of these areas to be able to discover the components wanted to assemble your individual lightsaber after which take it with you for an epic showdown with a Sith antagonist onboard a Star Destroyer.
That is all a pipe dream in fact, however the potential for an precise, epic Star Wars VR recreation that embraces participant freedom is very large. So far as I am conscious, nobody is even engaged on an official VR Star Wars recreation in the intervening time, however maybe some fan made demos like this one will lastly present Disney the way in which of the VR Pressure.