Putting you, wearing a headset, into a headset. Bear with me.
Disney will launch The Mandalorian in November. It’s the flagship series for The Mouse’s new streaming service, Disney+. And it stars a gunfighter (I presume a bounty hunter) wearing a set of Mandalorian armor (that’s the getup Boba Fett wears). Fans have long loved these suits, but so far, we’ve had just one game – Star Wars: Bounty Hunter – that put us into a suit of Mandalorian gear. (Yes, characters in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and The Old Republic can wear such armor, but it’s not the contemporary suits that the Fetts sport).
What lends these suits to VR are their helmets. You have screens inside the headset that show you what’s around – and behind – you. Radars. Weapon gauges. A Mandalorian helmet would make for a fantastic immersive VR environment. And with a new TV show to promote, maybe Disney may find a way to use a game to help get the Mandalorian into their heads (well, beyond mobile promotions).
Also – Vader: Immortal is the best video game portrayal of the Sith Lord since he becomes your wingman in 1993’s TIE Fighter. Go check it out.
–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor