Star Wars: Uprising, a new mobile game announced Thursday, will allow players to explore the chaos following the fall of Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.
The trailer for the game is narrated by a man who claims to be in total control of the Empire (or at least his little corner of it), and dares anyone to prove otherwise. Is this our first glimpse at the founder or leader of the First Order organization seen in trailers for December’s blockbuster The Force Awakens, or just an early player in the frenzy that followed the Battle of Endor years before?
Of course, this guy could just be a pretender — or one of many would-be warlords — trying to seize power in the Emperor’s vaccuum. But he sure is featured prominently in the game’s early promotional artwork.
IGN identifies him as Adelhard, Imperial governor of Anoat. And just look at his vaguely Vader-like super Stormtrooper enforcer guy! He’s Commander Bragh, leader of the Purge Troopers. They’re clearly trying to show that nothing has changed.
The game’s very title, Uprising, hints that the Rebellion we saw in the original trilogy, as long as that took to develop, was just a spark that lights a fuse, which presages a drawn-out conflict that is becoming apparent as we learn more about the state of the galaxy in The Force Awakens — a state that, honestly, so far looks to not have changed very little. But we shall see.
Since Disney bought Lucasfilm and all its properties and relaunched Star Wars in particular, it has wiped the slate clean in terms of the Expanded Universe of tie-in games and fiction being considered “canon,” but it’s also been busy establishing official lore of its own. The old EU, now relabeled Legends, of course had the brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn emerging from the power struggle between various Moffs and other Imperial officials, including the almost comical Warlord Zsinj. Now, all new games, books and comics are treated as just as valid as the Star Wars films and TV series. A new series of fiction will chronicle the “Journey to The Force Awakens,” in particular the novel Aftermath which, like the game Uprising, follows the events of the Return of the Jedi film. And making waves this week is a comic book storyline that introduced a significant new character in Han Solo’s life, who may or may not have consequences that will stretch to events and characters depicted in The Force Awakens. Again, we shall see …
According to Kotaku, the game — developed by Kablam for Apple’s App Store and Google Play — will launch soon in beta and is inspired by Diablo. According to the launch announcement:
Uprising will feature key events set in the Anoat Sector, inclusive of Hoth and Cloud City, and will allow players to create characters, go on missions, build their gear and skills, and organize crews and factions to participate in wide-ranging battles. Keeping up with tradition of Star Wars roleplaying games, players will learn hundreds of new abilities and collect classic gear and equipment conducive to creating their own takes on iconic roles: Smuggler, Bounty Hunter, Rebel Guerilla, Diplomat, Gambler, or something new entirely.