Ahead of the release of The Force Awakens next month, Google, Verizon, and ILMxLAB (a collaboration between Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound) are teaming up for a prologue like no other — one to be experienced in virtual reality.
No one involved has disclosed much about what the VR experience will entail, but the announcement on StarWars.com indicates that the story will lead directly into The Force Awakens. Google will be supplying the hardware with special limited edition Star Wars Google Cardboard VR Kits. There will be four different headsets available, which might very well become collectibles in the near future. Verizon’s role is as retailer — the headsets will only be sold at Verizon stores starting December 2.
If you don’t get one of those exclusive Google Cardboard sets, you can still experience the Star Wars Google Cardboard Virtual Reality experience. It’ll be accessible through the Star Wars app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. If you already have your own smartphone-based VR headset, you can download the app and get excited for December 2, when the VR experience and the limited edition kits will launch simultaneously.