The third and final chapter of Vader Immortal arrives on November 21st, and to celebrate Nerdist spoke to director Ben Snow and producer Alyssa Finley on how to break down the last episode and why every Star Wars fan should be playing it.
Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal tells an epic story that throws you right into the middle of the battle between the dark side and the light. Since the first chapter of the virtual reality experience debuted on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest in May this year, fans have been embarking on an unbelievable journey as a young smuggler who finds themselves on the volcanic planet of Mustafar in the grips of Darth Vader himself. The third and final chapter of Vader Immortal will be available to play on November 21st. To celebrate we spoke to director Ben Snow and producer Alyssa Finley to break down the newest entry and why every Star Wars fans should be playing Vader Immortal.
Over the first two chapters of the game, players have tried to escape Vader, been taken under his wing, learned how to wield a lightsaber in the first, and the Force in the second. After discovering the *shocking twist* that Vader might not actually have your best interest at heart and that you yourself have a connection to Mustafar, the third chapter sees you face your destiny, decide your fate, and eventually battle Vader himself, which was something the team were incredibly excited to bring to life. “I think every Star Wars fan imagines what it would be like to be toe to toe with Vader. So, that is the moment at least for me that I am incredibly excited to see how people react when they get to experience that.” Finley enthused.
Vader Immortal holds an interesting place in Star Wars canon as it is part of the streamlined, accepted Lucasfilm/Disney narrative and if you’ve been paying attention to the recent novels, comics, and cartoons, seems to be adding to the importance of Force Artifacts, something that’s been much talked about in the lead up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“You discovered his plans to use this ancient Mustafar artifact and huge energy source. You’ve also learned about your ties to the planet and now you’ve got to lead the assault on Vader’s castle using the force and also the ancient lightsaber that you picked up in Episode Two.” Snow teased. “You have to find your way out of this castle to lead an assault on Vader’s castle on the surface of Mustafar, and you confront stormtroopers and Imperial officers and of course, finally, Vader himself.”
For Finley, crafting a story in which the player gets to grow and evolve as the gameplay moves forward was key to Vader Immortal. “I think one of the really neat things about this series is that the story’s been solid since since since the beginning, we always knew the story we’re trying to tell and that each episode would be a piece of that. The fact that you as a player have really grown and changed in your ability since episode one. There you’re really on the defensive when you’re escaping from Vader. Eventually, you got a lightsaber that you could use for a while until he took it back from you. But now over the course of the story, you’ve really garnered your own resources to a point where with the Force and with the saber Ben was talking about, in this chapter you’re really coming at that those Imperial forces from a very different place.”
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