A new immersive video experience has been released on the official Star Wars Facebook page as part of the ongoing promotion for the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The minute-long video gives viewers an interactive, first-person view of the film’s Jakku desert. Pulling the screen lets you take a full 360-degree look at your surroundings.
The video, which works on both the Facebook website as well as the mobile app for Android, was created exclusively for the social network by Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, a spin-off of Industrial Light & Magic, which specialises in creating “immersive entertainment” based on properties from the George Lucas-founded company.
The Star Wars clip is one of the first in a series born out of a new collaboration between Facebook and Oculus. The Facebook-owned virtual reality studio will be creating more of these 360-degree videos to appear on the site’s News Feed. According to an announcement from Facebook’s newsroom, more of these videos will roll out soon, while teasing the future possibility to create your own.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 ExperienceSpeed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.
Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Directed by JJ Abrams, the movie will pick up the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew are returning, with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong’o among the new faces.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut in cinemas on December 18, 2015.