Star Wars Uprising seemed just like a side note at Star Wars Celebration this year. There are plenty of Star Wars video games that garnered a lot more fanfare. Disney Infinity 3.0, which hits shelves August 30, was the Star Wars game for kids. Star Wars Battlefront comes out in November, and it has next gen gamers foaming at the mouth. Star Wars Uprising, an iOS and Android game, didn’t seem all that interesting.
Fast forward a few months, and Uprising looks to be more important than most people gave it credit for being. It is being developed by Kabam. Kabam’s Daniel Erickson sat down with IGN. Erickson was quick to shed a light on where this tablet and smartphone role-playing game fits into Star Wars Canon particularly as it relates to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“What happens when the Empire is pushed out? What does the world look like then? These are things we can think about longer term.”
There is roughly 30 years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Erickson talked about where Kabam drew some of their inspiration for the first 40 chapters that are set to release in September.
“I was a huge EU fan for a long time [and] we have been hugely encouraged. What we did is we went back to the EU and grabbed the stuff that didn’t make any sense, but stuff we thought was fantastic. We took it to the core Lucasfilm story team and worked out how to make it into canon, how to give it roots that would feed into what’s coming next.”
The fact that Kabam is working with the Lucasfilm story group is all most fans will need to know. However, if you think that Star Wars Uprising is just a game between Jedi and The Force Awakens, think again.
“We’re setting up and looking at what’s coming next. After Episode VII, we’ve got Rogue One, which is historical for us. So we’re there along with everyone else. Look at those Stormtrooper helmets. We can have those, right?”
What most thought would be a side quest has quickly become one of the most important games that Star Wars fans will need to pay attention to for the full story. The plan is for Star Wars Uprising to be a story that builds on itself. It is bold territory that very few games in this sector have attempted to tackle.
What do you think for the plans for Star Wars Uprising? Does knowing that this is an integral part of Star Wars Canon change your mind about trying the game out?
[Photo by Star Wars Uprising Official Website]