Following the news that Disney had acquired LucasFilm as well as, subsequently, LucasArts and the Star Wars brand, fans weren’t entirely sure what to to think. While the acquisition assured that we’ll be seeing further big screen adventures in the Star Wars universe, the deal resulted in a lot of uncertainty with regard to the future of Star Wars game experiences – even if Star Wars 1313 development appears to be unaffected (for now).
However, in the mean time, LucasArts and Rovio have ramped up the marketing for their forthcoming Star Wars: Angry Birds title, offering a much clearer picture of what players can expect from the new Angry Birds title – plus an opportunity to check out each Star Wars character and their “special” in-game ability.
Check out the “Angry Birds: Star Wars Official Gameplay Trailer” at the top of the page, then watch the “cast” trailers below. We had previously reported on the Luke and Leia gameplay video but here it is again, just in case you missed our first write up:
In addition to Luke and Leia, Rovio has released three more gameplay videos – featuring a number of fan-favorite character pairings.
Obi-Wan and Darth Vader:
Han Solo and Chewie:
C-3PO and R2-D2:
As detailed in our original character guide, the various Star Wars cast members each line-up with the mechanics of original Angry Bird types. However, the Star Wars variations also include fun bonus abilities (such as Han Solo/Yellow Bird’s ricocheting blaster attack or Luke Skywalker/Red Bird’s lightsaber strike).
Additionally, the trailers also indicate that the Angry Birds: Star Wars gameplay is a mix between the mechanics of the original Angry Birds and Angry Birds: Space. Planet-based Star Wars gameplay (Hoth, Tatooine, etc) will use traditional Angry Birds physics and outer-space gameplay (Tie-Fighters, the Death Star, etc) will rely on the varied physics of Angry Birds: Space.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger directly stated that the Mouse House would consider future console gaming experiences developed by LucasArts “opportunistically” but, for the time being, internally-developed Star Wars game experiences would focus on the “social and mobile” markets. Suddenly, the announcement of Angry Birds: Star Wars makes even more sense.
Longtime gaming fans likely shudder at the thought of LucasArts, who delivered fan-favorite Star Wars game experiences like Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, getting redirected by Disney into the casual market – and we’ll have to wait to find out how much Iger and the Mouse House executives, meddle with the game development sector.
That said, for the time being, Angry Birds: Star Wars is poised to provide a fun “Galaxy Far, Far Away” riff on traditional Angry Birds gameplay. Hopefully Disney also knows when to show restraint in those coveted social and mobile markets because, while we’re willing to give Angry Birds: Star Wars a shot, we’re not as likely to be won over by Where’s My Water? Star Wars or Cut the Rope: Star Wars.
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Angry Birds: Star Wars will be available November 8th for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows Phone.