There’s a good reason why the Star Wars franchise has been such a long-standing hit the world over. Who of us hasn’t wanted to become a Jedi or a Sith? A rebel trooper or an empire pilot? The point being that the hype probably isn’t going to die down soon. But now you have a chance, albeit a short-lived one, to become part of the Star Wars universe. By assuming the role of a Resistance Astro-mechanic. Yes, it’s not a particularly fancy title, but you get to be on board General Leia’s ship and be part of something amazing.
ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm have worked with Nissan to bring the Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay VR experience to audiences for the release of the upcoming The Last Jedi. This experience first released as part of a promotional campaign for select Nissan dealerships in the US, Mexico, and Canada so the only way you could get to see the astromech repair bay was by visiting one of these dealerships.
However, ILMxLAB announced that the Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay experience will now also come to Steam for HTC Vive and the Oculus Store for Gear VR. Sorry Rift and PSVR owners, it seems you’re missing out on this one. The experience lets you use motion controllers to find ways to fix up BB-8 and other similar-looking droids. Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay VR will be coming to your homes for free on December 6. This isn’t the first Star Wars VR experience from ILMxLAB. The studio also released a short but engaging experience called Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine, where you could help Han Solo repair the Millennium Falcon. Then you could fight off a wave of stormtroopers with a lightsaber, of course! However, it was still just a tiny experience created for promotional purposes.
So don’t get your hopes up too much with this one, but do enjoy it for what it is – a short but exciting chance to be part of the Star Wars universe in virtual reality.