New story details and images for Vader Immortal: Episode II have been revealed. The Star Wars VR experience sees you take control of a nameless salvager who’s been captured by Darth Vader.
“You will get to use the Force in Episode II,” Vader Immortal director Ben Snow said in an interview with StarWars.com. “The way we thought about this was, we wanted to give you the Vader equivalent of Yoda teaching Luke about the Force in Empire Strikes Back. So we wanted it to be slightly darker and more twisted. He talks about the power of the dark side as well as the things you can do with the Force.”
In Vader Immortal: Episode I, your character is captured by the Galactic Empire and taken to Vader’s castle on Mustafar–first seen in the movies in Star Wars: Rogue One. After escaping from the castle’s prison, you discover a lightsaber and attempt to sneak your way to freedom. Things ultimately don’t go very well for you though, and Vader discovers you. Impressed with your skill with a lightsaber, the Sith lord makes you his apprentice–although seemingly only temporarily as you’re just a means to an end for him.
“Our goal is to make the Force in Episode II as satisfying as the lightsaber felt in Episode I,” Snow said. To that end, you’ll primarily be using the Force–and not a lightsaber–to defend yourself and take on the enemies you encounter in Episode II.
New concept art for Vader Immortal: Episode II (embedded above) reveals that the next chapter of the story will include more scenes of Black Bishop as well. Introduced in the first episode, Black Bishop is helping Vader discover the secrets to mastering death, most likely to revive Padmé Amidala. “[Black Bishop] becomes quite important in Episode II, and we learn about his background,” Snow said.
Vader Immortal is canon in the Star Wars expanded universe of stories, taking place directly after the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One). The VR experience is available for Oculus Quest. A release date for Vader Immortal: Episode II has not been announced.