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A new “immersive” Star Wars Virtual Reality experience is heading to London’s Westfield shopping centre next month, allowing fans of the sci-fi franchise to experience a mix of interactive sets and real-time effects.

Dubbed a “hyper-reality experience” by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will see teams of four travel to the molten planet of Mustafar on a mission to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the Rebellion’s survival.

Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, teams must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn.

Disguised as stormtroopers, with blasters in hands, they’ll solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill their team’s orders.

Cliff Plumer, chief executive officer at The VOID said: “Hyper-reality experiences allow us all to fully immerse ourselves within worlds that were beyond our reach until now.

“The power of The VOID will allow guests to step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and not only see this spectacular world, but also hear, feel, touch and even smell as they realise they are a part of this incredible story”.