Star Wars fans prepare yourselves for a new game announced today by Electronic Arts (EA). Star Wars: Rise to Power promises a strategy experience that allows players to launch into a galaxy far, far away through their cell phones.
With Star Wars hype preparing to engage the hyperdrive as we approach the premiere of the saga's eighth installment The Last Jedi on December 15 and the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II a month earlier on November 17, it's no surprise that Lucasfilm has teamed up with EA again to promote the franchise on the mobile phone platform to reach as many fans as possible.
Announced on the Star Wars official website, not many details have been released about Star Wars: Rise to Power yet, but Android users on Google Play are getting a sneak preview by signing up to play the "Closed Pre-Alpha Test", and if they qualify they will be able to play the game and provide feedback. Here is the description of the game provided by the EA registration page:
"In Star Wars: Rise to Power, the war between the Empire and the dawning New Republic continues to rage on – and players influence who will ultimately reign supreme. Every move helps to shape the fate of the galaxy in-game as players choose a faction, establish their base, and begin building a fleet of starships.
Players will form or join an alliance and engage in epic galactic warfare with other players from around the world in the hopes of emerging victorious. Power is earned by outwitting adversaries in carefully orchestrated attacks and by building a mighty coalition through the loyalty of other players. In Star Wars: Rise to Power, players embrace destiny by engaging in diplomacy or deception to ultimately become a leader of the Empire or New Republic."
Following in step with other mega-popular phone games like Pokémon GO -- which turned into a global phenomenon overnight that -- it's exciting that Star Wars: Rise to Power will also feature aspects that allow players connect with each other around the world.
It's also interesting that the main conflict is described as being between the dawning New Republic and the Empire. The New Republic was first introduced in 2015's The Force Awakens, which was formed by the Rebel Alliance after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire is the main dictatorship featured in the Star Wars franchise (the First Order being its predecessor introduced in The Force Awakens), so the conflict indicates that the game will be going back to the original trilogy and possibly taking place during Return of the Jedi. It also wouldn't be surprising to see the game eventually feature aspects from the new films as well depending on the style of game play.
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