Star Wars: Uprising Is More Than a Force Awakens Prequel


As we move closer to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm is slowly rolling out its plans to fill in the events of that 30-year period between J.J. Abrams’ film and Return of the Jedi. We have Shattered Empire, a Marvel comic series coming out next week, plus the DLC Battle of Jakku for Star Wars Battlefront that ties directly into the events of the film.

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But there’s another Star Wars property that seems to be slipping under the radar. Star Wars: Uprising, the mobile game from Lucasfilm’s Kabam, is supposed to come out sometime in September. The game hasn’t received as much hype as other related offerings (probably because, let’s face it, it’s still just a mobile game), but it may provide the most revealing information about the galaxy after the destruction of the Second Death Star.

That’s according to a new interview with Kabam staff conducted by IGN. Uprising‘s developers talked about the game at Pax Prime 2015, a gaming convention in Seattle that took place over the weekend. And they revealed that their plans for this game are more ambitious than previously thought.

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Uprising takes place immediately after the Battle of Endor. The galaxy is in upheaval following the dissolution of the Empire, forcing Imperial Gov. Adelhard to implement an iron blockade around the Anoat Sector, which contains Cloud City and Hoth. As the governor attempts to prevent any information about the Empire’s downfall from entering the sector, a band of rogues team up to try to stop him.

Part of Uprising‘s mission is to establish how the galaxy reacted to the news that the Empire had fallen. But the developers want to do more than that. In fact, they don’t even have an ending in mind for the game. They plan on continuing to add content even after The Force Awakens debuts.

Per Kabam General Manager Tim Ernst:

"“This game isn’t one where we release a patch, add more story content, and then there’s the end. It’s going to be ever-evolving, the community is going to drive it, unlocking new pieces of the story, and direct where the story goes in the future. Where things go, there’s definitely no end, there’s no resolution.”"

The developers go on to say that they’ve taken ideas from the scrapped Expanded Universe and worked with Lucasfilm to adapt them to the new canon, so we may yet see some old friends pop up in this game and other properties.

Uprising is also going to adapt its storyline to other new films in the series as well, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The game’s creators are putting a priority on making sure everything in the game flows with what’s being handed down from the films themselves.

While I can’t say I’ll buy or even play Uprising (mobile games just aren’t at that level yet where they’re fun, even if it’s Star Wars), I am intrigued by what stories it could tell in that fruitful, dark period of the galaxy. The game feels like Disney’s attempt to broaden its reach and dip its toe into the mobile gaming market, so hopefully the game is successful enough to encourage the Mouse to experiment more.

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