Fans take virtual leap into Star Wars galaxy
Droid Repair Bay

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work aboard a Resistance Star Cruiser in a galaxy far, far away?

To celebrate the release of summer blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes a new virtual reality experience exclusively for Australian fans – who may be our only hope to carry out some much-needed droid maintenance.

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is the latest game for the Samsung Gear VR headset and gives users the opportunity to go aboard General Leia’s Resistance Star Cruiser and join the fight against The First Order.

The virtual reality simulator puts you in the shoes of a droid mechanic, changing out parts and putting the freshly-refurbished droids through their paces to ensure everything rolls smoothly, even when the ship comes under enemy fire.

The experience features droid models such as BB-8 and is released by Samsung Electronics Australia in partnership with The Walt Disney Company Australia and ILMxLAB.

Demonstrations of Droid Repair Bay, on the Samsung Gear VR have already attracted die-hard Star Wars fans of all ages. Visiting Sydney’s George St store for a well-earned break from their busy Christmas shopping expedition, 10-year-old Huw and his older brother Jim jumped at an opportunity to try out the Gear VR’s newest, digitally immersive, sci-fi experience.

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Huw could barely contain himself after managing to survive a simulated interstellar enemy attack, and couldn’t resist heading back in for another shot at mending a Resistance droid.

“It’s like I’m actually there,” he said. “This is so much fun: it’s a lot more active than other games.”

Wide-eyed when he finally took off the headset, 13-year-old Jim revealed that Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay was his first ever trip into a virtual reality environment.

“It feels like being in a different world,” he said. “I thought the game was really cool. You can still hear people talking around you in the store, but you can’t see them. You just see what’s happening in the game, picking things up and moving them around. It looks quite real.”

Visitors who try the game in-store are frequently surprised by their first time in the virtual 3D world, one George St staff member said.

“Yes, some of the customers are really taken aback, definitely when it’s something they haven’t done before,” he said. “They might have seen it before on TV, but they haven’t actually had a chance to try it out, so when they see for themselves it can be a real laugh.

“One of our sales staff is a massive Star Wars fan, so she loves it, and the fans who come into the store to try it all really enjoy themselves. If you know the stories, Droid Repair Bay is a lot of fun.”

With superb HD graphics, furbished by integration with Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 smartphones, the experience is set to impress even the most die-hard lovers of the Star Wars franchise.

Starring original cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, the much anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in Australian cinemas on December 14, 2017.

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, designed in partnership with Lucasfilm and ILMxLAb, which will be available for demonstrations on the Gear VR until February 1, 2018, and can only be experienced in-store at select Samsung retail outlets (below) around Australia.

Samsung Store locations:

George St Liverpool Carindale Marion Joondalup
Highpoint Miranda Southland Carousel Werribee
Melbourne Central Doncaster Chermside Bondi Macquarie
Chatswood Fountain Gate Penrith Chadstone Warringah
Parramatta Garden City Robina Northland Tea Tree
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