A new Star Wars app, free to download on Google Play and iTunes, has been launched by LucasFilm and Disney Interactive. The app will bring the full Force of the franchise directly into the hands of fans five months before the December theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to Variety, the app is unlike the other Star Wars games and apps previously available, as the new app offers users important updates, video, social networking updates, fandom interactive activities, and more Star Wars content than a droid could let a Wookie win.
The graphics and audio immerse the user into the film saga.
Social interaction features will enable users to interact with fellow fans worldwide. Users will be linked to streaming news and posts from Star Wars fan sites, including the newly relaunched StarWars.com, which, also according to Variety, will be used as a platform to generate breaking news on the series of films.
The app will also directly link to the combined official Star Wars posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, and Google+.
Toyland/Gizmodo pointed out that fans can stay ahead of the movie ticket purchase game with a built-in countdown to when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.
A lightsaber training feature will literally bring fans into the realm of Star Wars with an interactive hands-on experience, much like Luke’s training scene with Obi-Wan aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Another app feature allows users to take a selfie as his/her favorite character from the movie universe.
Han Solo will be getting his own anthology movie as reported by the Inquisitr, and wouldn’t everyone love a photo of themselves as Han encased in carbonite?
— Paula Orbea (@PaulaQuestions) February 28, 2015
Perhaps this new app will give these guys a little more practice.
— Kieran Thomas (@TK2262) May 29, 2015
Each user can opt to create a “Star Wars ID” by building an avatar and profile, and customize the app in full Imperial or rebel fashion, even selecting a droid interface.
Still more features, as detailed by Yahoo News, include weather forecasts and a soundboard — where users can choose to play classic quotes and sound effects from the films, such as a screaming R2D2 or lightsaber power-up.
The perks even include a shout out to the Geek Side in every fan, with daily posts on “This day in Star Wars history.”
Here is the official trailer for the app, which is available for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
Since the relaunch for StarWars.com is a combined effort from both LucasFilms and Disney Interactive, users with a Disney ID will be privy to additional special features and options.
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