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Virtual Reality and 360-degree video are rising in stature in a number of areas recently. Now, the Star Wars universe is also getting in on the action, with Lucasfilm confirming that its Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) studio is working on a VR movie experience. 

With the prospect of immersing oneself inside the Star Wars universe sounding awesome, what should make this experience even more so, is the fact that it will centre around Darth Vader. The news was confirmed over the weekend, via the Star Wars Celebration event, and sees Man of Steel and Batman Begins writer, David S. Goyer working on the project. 

This is the first time that Goyer has worked on such a project, but he is clearly excited by the opportunity. "You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on," Goyer told The Verge. Adding, "you can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters." 

While the finer details for this ambitious sounding VR experience has not been disclosed, it is believed that viewers will be part of a "persistent" world. One where day and night occur naturally, and weather conditions will be unpredictable. As for how Darth Vader fits into the story, little is known at this stage, particularly where in the Star Wars saga it will pick up. 

Nevertheless, this is one VR experience we can't wait to hear more about. For an idea of what it may be like, hit play on the Trials on Tatooine VR trailer below. 

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