Disney has teamed up with tech giant Lenovo to produce a new augmented reality (AR) Star Wars game for Android and Apple mobile devices. Dubbed “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges,” it’s played with a smartphone, AR headset and a lightsaber.
To play, users must first download the companion app on their smartphone, after which the smartphone — with the app still running — is placed into the Mirage AR headset. The headset is sold with a tracking sensor to detect the user’s movements, which should be placed on the floor in front of the user.
According to TechCrunch, the game includes lightsaber battles in which players battle foes in an AR environment. You can still see your surroundings while wearing the Mirage headset. Upon pressing the button on your lightsaber, however, it produces a beam of light that only you can see. This light travels in the direction of your lightsaber, creating an authentic experience for Star Wars fans. You can swing to strike enemies as well as block against incoming attacks.
While lightsaber battles appear to be the bread and butter of “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges,” the game will feature two other challenges: a board game known as Holochess and a strategy game. Unfortunately, neither of these challenges are fully developed, so we don’t know how they’ll play out.
There are dozens of Star Wars games currently available, but “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” is set to be the first true AR game. And with Lenovo behind the project, it’s probably going to be a winner. Just last year, Lenovo released AR device called the PHAB2 Pro. Perhaps “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” will share some of this technology.
“Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” will hit select stores beginning in November with a price of $200. While that may seem expensive, you have to remember that the game comes with the Mirage AR headset (and tracking sensor), lightsaber and companion app.
Of course, “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” comes just in time for the next epic installment of this legendary series. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will hit U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017, just one month after the innovative AR game.