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New Star Wars Mobile Game Is Like the Warriors Going to the Playoffs, but for Geeks

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Look. It’s Friday afternoon and we don’t care how hard you judge us. We’re nerding out hardcore over the announcement of this super-sweet sounding Star Wars role-playing game coming to mobile built by Soma’s Kabam Studios.

We’re owning our nerdom.

Because by George’s beard, what we know so far about Star Wars Uprising leaves us more excited than a scruffy-looking nerf herder who just made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. Set in the period of time just after the end of Return of the Jedi, the game is a dungeon crawler that traces what happens just after the end of the film.

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead, the Death Star is destroyed, but, at least in some parts of the galaxy, remnants of the Empire are holding on to power. That’s where the player characters come in. Kabam senior vice president Aaron Loeb (who in his other gig is an award-winning playwright we wrote about here), told WIRED, the game’s antagonist is “pretending that the Emperor is still alive, and using this lie to keep the Empire under his thumb.”

It’s the first game to be released under the new canon policy, which swept aside decades of Expanded Universe material just in time for the new film to be released in December. The free-to-play game is slated for a beta release in the next few weeks. With any luck, it will be a little more Heir to the Empire and a little less Crystal Star, know what we mean? (Ed note: We do not.)

Speaking of some parts of the galaxy, according to VentureBeat, “Uprising is set in the Anoat Sector, the area of the galaxy that contains familiar planets like Hoth and Bespin.” (That’s the ice world and the cloud world in Empire Strikes Back for those of you who don’t recognize them. Also: Why are you still reading this article? Go read about the Warriors game instead.) Though it’s far from confirmed, that could mean the return of characters like Lando Calrissian or, be still our hearts, Lobot.

Though in a way, with our Apple Watches and Google Glasses and whatnot, isn’t there a little Lobot in all of us? 


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