The lords of the Force giveth, and they taketh away. As the devout Star Wars fans know, the recent acquisition of the property by Disney brought with it some painful changes: gone were the extended universe novels from canon, frozen were any existing plans for video game adaptations, and The Clone Wars riding off into the sunset (handing the reins to Star Wars Rebels).
But the Clone Wars cast are set receive new life thanks to Disney Infinity 3.0, the most recently announced installment of Disney's figurine-fueled game series. Now that the "Twilight of the Republic" play set has been detailed, fans can look forward to video game tales in the Episode 1-3 timeline - as well as the previously teased gameplay set within the rise of the Rebel Alliance.
With the new images comes confirmation that Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda will continue their fight (with both lightsaber and politics) on Tatooine, Coruscant, Tatooine and Naboo. For fans who are still sore about seeing the Clone Wars stars shuffled off, the figures alone may be worth a closer look. However, it's veteran game studio Ninja Theory - the mind behind games like Heavenly Sword and the Devil May Cry reboot - that have crafted the third-person combat driving the story-based gameplay.
Given those shaping the experience, the differing fight styles of Anakin, Yoda and Obi-Wan seem promising (for young players AND their Star Wars-loving parents). Equipped with unique Force abilities and Finishers changing with each character's size and agility, the "enhanced" combat system and tease of family-friendly lightsaber duels implies that Disney is still working to compete with existing - and upcoming - franchise; LEGO Dimensions, for one.
For those who have already decided to invest in Disney Infinity 3.0 to feed their longing for a galaxy far, far away, then the "Twilight of the Republic" and its new figures and playable characters are simply an added bonus.
It's possible that Infinity's previous focus on the heroes of the Marvel Universe brought the game (and its figurine-collecting element, now the go-to sales model for large publishers) to the attention of an entirely new and potentially diverse market. It was assumed years ago that Disney would be turning to Infinity to profit off of the Marvel and Star Wars brands, and the two detailed packages have the existing films and TV shows covered - and even more doors will be opened once Episode VII: The Force Awakens is released to theaters.
But even as a new age of Star Wars episodes and spinoff films is set to kick off, the existing fiction is still the preferred choice for plenty of fans. And in the coming year, Infinity 3.0 has you covered with three unique content releases (complete with new figures):
- "Twilight of the Republic" set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline starring Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Maul.
- "Rise Against the Empire" set during Episodes 4-6 starring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens content currently without any details, presumed to launch alongside the film.
Without confirmed details, it's hard to know just how aggressive Disney will get when it comes to cross-marketing their video game and film franchises. For instance, it's no stretch to think that the coming years will see characters like Boba Fett and the rest of the Star Wars universe's criminal underworld get some attention. And as fans have proven time and time again, every incarnation of Fett is sure to become a must-have item.
The Star Wars™: Twilight of the Republic Play Set is included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack available this fall for $64.99, which also includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB and will be available this fall.
Two additional Star Wars Play Sets will be available for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition this holiday, including Star Wars™: Rise Against the Empire and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. In addition, players will be able to unlock the ability for all Star Wars characters to play inside all of the Star Wars Play Sets, as well as in the newly enhanced Toy Box, along with all characters previously released for Disney Infinity.
Will you be investing in some Clone Wars-based story content this Fall? Or is it another Star Wars video game that has your attention? Share your thoughts in the comments, and which characters you think should be brought into the game world next.
Disney Infinity 3.0 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android this fall.