Last week it was announced that Lucasfilm would be teaming with Kabam to bring the world a new mobile RPG set in the “Star Wars” universe in the days after the destruction of the Battle of Endor.
This is a very unique time and place on the timeline that has not been explored at all so far in the new canon. Depending on the timing, this couldl be our first look at what the story group has cooked up for the post-“Return of the Jedi” era, which makes it a highly sought after experience.
Here’s the official word from the press release:
Kabam, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm Ltd., today announced the development of Star WarsTM: Uprising, the first mobile game to take place after Star Wars™: Episode VI Return of the JediTM and before Star Wars™: The Force AwakensTM. Developed by the industry-leading team at Kabam RPG Studio in San Francisco under the direction of Senior Vice President Aaron Loeb, Star WarsTM: Uprising will allow players to create their own unique character, go on missions, and build their gear and skills, while amassing a powerful crew and cartel to join in large-scale sector-wide battles that dictate the future of the game universe. Players will also be able to engage in real-time co-op with friends against the Empire.
Star WarsTM: Uprising will introduce a new chapter of the Star Wars™ universe that will illuminate dramatic events in the Anoat Sector, inclusive of Hoth and Cloud City, following the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor. Players will learn hundreds of abilities and collect iconic Star Wars gear to create their own takes on the next generation of heroes: Smuggler, Bounty Hunter, Rebel Guerilla, Diplomat, Gambler or something completely unique.
“Star WarsTM: Uprising is a deep role playing game (RPG) experience that will immerse players in the Star Wars universe during a unique time following the fall of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine,” said Loeb. “The Kabam RPG Studio has taken its collective experience and passion for role playing games to focus on creating a unique and immersive gameplay experience for Star Wars fans and RPG gamers around the world.”
There’s no word on a specific release date, though the website has votes for launch content scheduled through August, which could imply a September release. It’s also interesting to note that this illuminating new chapter occurs in the Anoat System, which Princess Leia comments about in “The Empire Strikes Back,” reminding us that there’s not much there. Has something changed from then to now?
We’ll see when the game comes out.
It’s also important to note that the storytelling elements of the game are canon, so events portrayed in this mobile game will have a bearing and an impact on what we see eventually come to pass in future installments of “Star Wars” that happen in this era. It’s going to make the storytelling in this game very important for canon completionists to get through.
Be sure to check back for more updates as we have them…