The power of the Dark Side really is considerable. After Nissan announced its partnership with Lucasfilm to create a limited edition Rogue One version of the Nissan Rogue (with complementary 1:1 Death Trooper helmet replica), Rogues started flying off the lot faster than the Millennium Falcon. The Rogue became the best-selling CUV over the last few months of 2016, with over 40,000 sold in December alone, but apparently, Nissan has their sights set on domination. They’ve still been working with Lucasfilm behind the scenes, and they’ve now got a VR promo showing how the Rogue’s safety features hold up against everything a galaxy far, far away can throw at it.
If you’ve seen Nissan’s Battle Tested commercial with the Rogue sprinting through a battle scene before meeting (but not getting too intimate with) K-2SO, the VR experience will look familiar. It’s mostly the same, but with you in the driver’s seat. It’s no cheap imitation, either — like with the commercial, Nissan worked with Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Skywalker Sound to produce Battle Test: A Nissan 360-Degree Virtual Reality Experience.
I got to give the experience a virtual test drive last week, and if there’s one thing I learned, it’s that yes, an AT-ST Walker really can get hidden in your blind spot. As fun as it is to get up close and personal with a Star Wars battle, the Nissan Rogue’s safety features are front and center. The three in question — blind spot detection, forward collision warning with emergency braking, and 360-degree object detection — are found on so many models and trims these days, they’ve become a little boring to talk about. When forward emergency braking keeps you from ramming into K-2SO, well, those features become a little more interesting again.
If you’ve got a VR rig, you can check out Battle Test on the Oculus Store, Steam, Samsung VR, Discovery VR, Jaunt, or Littlestar. If you don’t do the VR thing, Nissan has the experience as a 360-degree video on their Facebook and YouTube accounts, too.