Confirming an earlier scoop of ours, today brings the reveal of Temple of Darkness, a VR adventure with Yoda during The High Republic era.
Always nice to wake up to Star Wars news. Especially news that coincides with an exclusive report from a while back! Today brings the first trailer, and details for Temple of Darkness. The VR “short” will see players explore a new story with none other than Yoda, during the time of the High Republic.
It’s part of the Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge VR game, which recently revealed Frank Oz’s involvement and return to voice the iconic Master Yoda. So while it’s not a full VR game during this untouched period of time, I love how it shows the potential of this game to explore a wide range of stories.
ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s award-winning immersive entertainment studio, announced today that its upcoming virtual reality experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will feature Temple of Darkness, an original VR adventure that will take place during Star Wars’ all-new The High Republic era.
Part of the greater Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge experience, Temple of Darkness is an immersive VR story set hundreds of years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Thanks to the storytelling skills of Seezelslak (Bobby Moynihan), an Azumel bartender with a cantina on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost, players will step into the role of Ady Sun’Zee, a Jedi Padawan studying at a remote Jedi research facility on Batuu. When a mysterious relic unleashes a torrent of evil inside the temple, Ady is the sole survivor. After sending an urgent distress signal to the Jedi Council, she must work alongside Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) to confront the darkness that now lurks within the temple walls — and within herself.
“Temple of Darkness in Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will give Star Wars fans an opportunity to step into a story set during The High Republic era on an incredibly transportive platform,” said James Waugh, Vice President, Franchise Content & Strategy at Lucasfilm. “It will be one of the first tales released taking place in this bold, adventurous new era for Star Wars storytelling which we intend to see traverse multiple mediums over many years. We’re so proud of what so many incredibly talented authors, developers, licensing partners, and Lucasfilm colleagues, have crafted together — it has been a labor of love.”
“This powerful short story will transport fans back in time, hundreds of years before the Clone Wars. Through the power of virtual reality, they’ll get their first glimpse of Jedi life during The High Republic,” said director Jose Perez III. “Everyone at ILMxLAB is thrilled to help usher in this new era of Star Wars storytelling, and I can’t wait for fans to encounter Jedi Master Yoda and Padawan Ady Sun’Zee on November 19th.”
The High Republic is set hundreds of years ago, in an era where the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, serving and protecting the galaxy. This period on the Star Wars timeline is entirely new, providing the opportunity to tell Star Wars stories in a never-before-explored fictional space. The initiative will feature interconnected stories, spanning multiple platforms and mediums, with an initial focus on publishing starting in January.
It’s definitely a neat way to kick off The High Republic era (even it that wasn’t the initial plan), and should be a neat treat for fans/players when it launches. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will be released on the Oculus Quest platform on November 19th, priced at $24.99.