‘Rogue One’ 360 VR Video Puts You In The Pilot Seat Of An X-Wing
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Ever wanted to fly an X-wing? Of course you freakin’ have!

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fast approaching, a new virtual reality video has been released called Rogue One: Recon – A Star Wars 360 Experience. It’s short, but if you have a VR headset—whether it be a shiny high-tech one or a much more affordable cardboard or plastic one you use with your smartphone—the video plops you right down in the pilot seat of an X-wing and takes you on a mini adventure.

You can check it out below.

Here’s a description of the video:

Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB’s Rogue One: Recon, an immersive 360 experience set before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, debuted last week in Verizon stores and was released today on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. Concepted, written, and directed by John Knoll “” the legendary visual effects innovator who dreamed up Rogue One “” it follows two Rebel pilots that stumble upon some Imperial chatter, leading them to a very, very big space station. (The one that would later be mistaken for a small moon.) But here’s where things get innovative. Through it all, you control the lead pilot’s POV. Look right and see your squadmate. Look left and see the stars. Look up and see a massive Star Destroyer overhead, so dangerously close you’ll slink in your seat. It’s a thrilling way to experience visual storytelling, and is a sign that storytelling is changing thanks to minds like those at ILMxLAB.

That comes from the franchise’s official website, which also had a brief chat with ILMxLAB executive creative producer Mark Miller. You can follow the link to check that out if interested.

Rogue One will be released in theaters on December 16, 2016.


Rogue One: Recon is a short immersive 360 experience created by ILMxLAB that is connected to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Conflict, above all else, rules the galaxy. As an everyday X-wing pilot flying for the Rebellion, be immediately immersed in the vastness of space with only your R2 unit and wingman by your side. What starts as a routine mission for Mon Mothma takes a sharp turn as you stumble upon unexpected Imperial presence – and something they will do anything to keep hidden.

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