Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge is the next VR-only Star Wars game from acclaimed developer ILMxLAB. As another Oculus-exclusive title, it's quickly becoming apparent that Oculus is the platform of choice when it comes to Star Wars VR games. Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge is an Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2-exclusive game and will not be coming to the Oculus Rift on PC due to Facebook sunsetting the Rift platform. That means that the Oculus Quest 2 will be the best way to experience the game when it comes out later this year.
Oculus Studios and ILMxLAB have partnered with the same folks who crafted the Smuggler's Run attraction at Disneyworld and Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge theme park. The goal is to create a virtual reality game that matches the experience you can have at the theme park, albeit with more action, interactivity, and aliens than you'll find in the physical locations. Tales From the Galaxy's Edge will also see players exploring the history of Star Wars through the tales of Seezelslak, the bartender at the Blackspire Outpost cantina.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge Setting and timeline
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge takes place on the planet Batuu, with Blackspire Outpost acting as a home during your time on the planet. Batuu and Blackspire Outpost were made famous at Disney's Florida and California theme parks in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands. Players are said to be able to explore the entirety of Blackspire Outpost, as well as the "wilds of Batuu."
The exact size and scope of the game have not yet been revealed, but it appears that Blackspire Outpost will be the main hub of the game. Blackspire Outpost is a trading outpost that's frequented by smugglers and gangs alike. Players will find themselves hanging out in cantinas and alleyways, and speaking with locals and travelers. These areas were all painstakingly recreated by the developers after they visited the real-life theme park locations.
The initial announcement hinted that players should expect deep tie-ins with the real-life Disney theme park locations. The Blackspire Outpost is a big location in the theme park, but we don't know the full scale of the tie-ins just yet.
Here's what we do know. Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge takes place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker as the First Order continues to take control of the galaxy. The planet Batuu is located in the Outer Rim Territories, which, as the name suggests, is further away from a lot of the fighting and other events that might be happening in the struggle between the Resistance and the First Order, as seen in the movies and TV shows.
For reference, the planet Dagobah, where Yoda exiled himself to after Order 66, and Utapau, where Obi-Wan Kenobi killed General Grievous, are located in the Outer Rim Territories. These planets were generally considered to be hideouts from the events happening in several Star Wars movies.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge Story and characters
In Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge, players will mainly take the role of a droid repair technician who crash-lands on Batuu after pirates attacked their ship. Players will quickly find themselves thrust into the seedy underbelly of the galaxy, as Blackspire Outpost is a haven for smugglers and criminals of all types.
The name "Tales from the Galaxy's Edge" comes directly from the theme park land at Disneyworld and Disneyland called Galaxy's Edge and, rightly, features a digital-perfect recreation of Blackspire Outpost from the theme parks. Disney has hinted that there will be plenty of Easter eggs to find in both virtual and real-world locations for Blackspire Outpost, so Disney fans who regularly visit the Galaxy's Edge land will be delighted to see their favorite locations come to life in new ways.
Central to the story is Seezelslak, an Azumel bartender who knows everyone and everything in the outpost and is sure to score you a job or two along the way. Seezelslak's storytelling skills are known far and wide, and it's these stories that will lend variety to your missions in the game. In fact, Seezelslak's stories will literally transport you through time and space where you'll meet iconic Star Wars characters like C-3PO and Yoda and get to interact with them like never before.
As the Azumel tells his tales, the player will get to live out those stories in VR.
Seezelslak is voiced by Bobby Moynihan from Saturday Night Live and Star Wars Resistance, while another character, Tara Rashin, is voiced by Debra Wilson from Mad TV and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Tara Rashin is a Quarren pirate who heads the local Guavian Death Gang pirates on Batuu and is searching for something special on the planet. Even Anthony Daniels will be reprising his role as C-3PO, lending significant authenticity to the experience.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge Gameplay and graphics
We've finally been given a glimpse of gameplay thanks to Facebook Connect on Sept. 16, and it looks pretty incredible. Highly varied gameplay looks to pan from shooting to puzzles, character interaction to shopping, and even some space travel from the sound of things. This is most certainly a first-person adventure, much in the way the Vader Immortal trilogy was, but this time around, the action takes place across a much broader scope of characters and settings.
ILMxLAB has said it plans on letting players explore the entirety of Blackspire Outpost, as well as other parts of the planet Batuu. In addition to Batuu, the bartender Seezelslak is said to open the gateway to the world of Galaxy's Edge by letting players live out his stories. That likely means you'll be playing as more than just the droid repair technician who aimlessly roams around a far-off cantina.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge is said to feature lots of blaster fights, deadly encounters with Guavian Death Gang pirates, and other harrowing adventures.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge is said to feature lots of blaster fights, deadly encounters with Guavian Death Gang pirates, and other harrowing adventures. Players can also expect a vibrant world full of creatures and aliens to interact with, as well as plenty of distractions along the way. In addition to space darts and other pub games, players will find fully working jukeboxes in the cantina, and likely plenty of trinkets and items in the shops surrounding it. And that's just when hanging around Blackspire outpost, of course.
The Facebook Connect conference also brought us a handful of new screenshots for the game, which feature some pretty impressive visuals on the Oculus Quest 2. The game will run just fine on the original Oculus Quest, though, so don't worry about missing out.
ILMxLAB is working with the same special effects folks that worked on the Smuggler's Run attraction at the Galaxy's Edge Disney theme park land. The team cites that this is being done to perfectly match the theme and overall mood of the theme park so that players and patrons alike will feel like they're stepping into the same world, no matter if it's a physical or virtual version of that world.
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge Release date and platforms
Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge is set to release later in 2020 and will be a VR game exclusive to the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. ILMxLAB is developing the game and also developed the Vader Immortal trilogy of Star Wars games that released in 2019. Oculus Studios is publishing the game. There haven't been any pricing announcements, and the game will release exclusively on the Oculus Store on the Oculus Quest.
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