Darth Vader Will Be Getting the Virtual-Reality Treatment

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The Star Wars universe just got a little bit bigger. Lucasfilm's new ILMxLAB division announced at the Star Wars Celebration in London yesterday that Man of Steel and The Dark Knight scribe David S. Goyer will be working on a new project for the company: specifically, a virtual-reality experience that revolves around Darth Vader. The "genre of storytelling" for the iconic Sith Lord has yet to be classified; it may not be a conventional "film" or "movie" VR experience, but it will indeed be an original story, taking place in a "persistent" world, that will be added to the existing Star Wars canon. "You don’t play it. You be it. You’re in it. You’re part of the story," Goyer said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "The world I came up with, that I’m pushing, is you are 'the visitor'  the visitor in this story that’s happening around you that you may have some effect on. You can pick up things, you can open things, you can push things. You can walk and touch characters. Imagine being in a movie."

As you would hope, some familiar faces will also be featured. "It includes characters you know, or some that may have been talked about that you haven’t seen before," Goyer continued. "We’ve got this incredible new storytelling platform that allows you to feel in a way you never felt before, and possibly feel for someone in a way you’ve never felt for them before. And it allows you to feel like you’re in a real place." Goyer said it's going to be a year or two before it's officially released, giving you plenty of time to dry-clean your finest black armor.