The Emmy Awards has long recognized VR projects and 2019 will be no different. Both Star Wars: Vader Immortal Episode 1 and Wolves in the Walls are nominated for this year’s show.
Developed by ILMxLAB, Vader Immortal is a long-anticipated story-driven VR experience. In it you play the role of a captive in Darth Vader’s secret base, coming face-to-face with the Sith Lord himself. We’re really fond of the app’s interactive elements, which toes the line between accessible experience and full videogame. Vader Immortal first released on Oculus Quest back in May and we’re still waiting on news of its other two episodes.
Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over, meanwhile, is a new experience from Fable Studio. It features two episodes in a series created by former members of the now-defunct Oculus Story Studio. Again, we’ve been really impressed with how the experience grows a connection between player and virtual character. It’s currently not available to download but we’re hoping for a full release soon.
In our eyes, they’re both deserving of wins, then. Unlike a lot of other VR awards, the Emmy’s categories are more focused on VR storytelling than gaming experiences. Past winners include Oculus’ own Henry and compelling VR documentary, Zero Days.
We’re not sure what other VR apps have been nominated this year (if any). We’ll let you know if we hear of any more, though.