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ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm Announce Temple of Darkness, an Interactive VR Short Coming to Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge

ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm Announce Temple of Darkness, an Interactive VR Short Coming to Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge

ILMxLAB AND LUCASFILM ANNOUNCE TEMPLE OF DARKNESS, AN INTERACTIVE VR SHORT COMING TO STAR WARS: TALES FROM THE GALAXY’S EDGE

Fans will step into the role of a new Jedi Padawan in a canonical adventure with Master Yoda, set in The High Republic era

October 29, 2020 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 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. Created in collaboration with Oculus Studios, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will be released on the Oculus Quest platform on November 19th, priced at $24.99.

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.

You can view the trailer for Temple of Darkness here:

Padawan Ady Sun’Zee | All images courtesy of ILMxLAB.

“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.

Experiencing Temple of Darkness is just one part of the rich world of Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. In the main experience, fans play a droid repair technician who crash-lands on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, as depicted in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new immersive epic lands at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. There they will adventure alongside familiar characters like R2-D2 and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and face new enemies like pirate leader Tara Rashin (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s Debra Wilson). Players will also meet Seezelslak (SNL’s Bobby Moynihan), a talkative cantina owner who tells epic tales that players will actually be able to step into, experiencing other eras and locations of the Star Wars galaxy for themselves.

Along with Frank Oz as Yoda, Temple of Darkness also features Ellie Araiza as Ady Sun’Zee, with an approximate running time of 15 minutes. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will be available on November 19th for the Oculus Quest platform, priced at $24.99.

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ABOUT ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB is Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio, pioneering a new era of interactive storytelling through virtual and mixed reality experiences. Working with acclaimed creators and designers, ILMxLAB creates living worlds, inviting you to step inside and become the hero of your own personal adventure.

ABOUT DISNEY PARKS, EXPERIENCES AND PRODUCTS

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises—including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, Twentieth Century Studios and National Geographic—into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime.

When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 60 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 53 resorts in the United States, Europe and Asia with more than 170,000 cast members; a top-rated cruise line with four ships and plans for three more to be completed in 2021, 2022 and 2023; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business.

Disney Imagineers are the creative force behind Disney theme parks, resort hotels and cruise ships globally.

Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; one of the world’s largest children’s publishing brands; one of the world’s largest licensors of games across platforms; more than 300 Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

ABOUT OCULUS

The Oculus team at Facebook Reality Labs lets people defy distance—connecting with each other and the world—through world-class VR hardware and software. The Oculus content team pursues the creation of best-in-class games, social and narrative experiences, and new VR use-cases like fitness, productivity, and travel. Oculus joins other teams at Facebook Reality Labs dedicated to building the next computing platform centered around people. Facebook Reality Labs is committed to driving the state of the art forward through relentless innovation.

Thank you to ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm for the pres release, images, and video.

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