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Disney and Lucasfilm snuck in an announcement about a new real-time shooter Star Wars game this week, and the reason it didn’t get much play is probably because it’s a mobile game. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good free-to-play mobile game, especially if they’re set in the Star Wars universe, but at some point in time Disney is going to have to do something other than mobile and Battlefront games. Again, games like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Star Wars Force Arena are fantastic mobile games that provide plenty of daily gameplay for free, but the PC and Console spaces have been devoid of a legit Star Wars title for too long.

Anyway, rant over, the new game coming to iOS and Android devices is called Star Wars: Rivals, and it is a real-time shooter that offers PvP play. Players will build squads and compete against other players in real-time battles. The game will offer cross-device support as well, so there shouldn’t be a lack of competition once the game releases. Players will also be able to form guilds to earn additional rewards and characters.

At this time the game is in a pre-registration state on Google Play, which will net early adopters some Death Troopers. The App Store doesn’t have a pre-registration offer, but those who download it through there when it releases will receive exclusive Rebel special forces characters. The game isn’t out yet in the States, but it appears to have released in the Australian App Store, so if you want to rig the system, or if you just live in the land down under, you can download the game today.

Below you will find some screenshots from the game, as well as more details on what it will offer. There’s also a gameplay video to check out above.

Key features include:

Compete in PvP Arenas: Dominate your opponents in this fast-paced PvP shooter as you challenge players cross-platform in real-time combat arenas. Avoid taking damage by strategically utilizing your surroundings, targeting and destroying your enemies with mobile-optimized controls. Swap your Heroes in-and-out during the heat of battle, instantly altering how the game is played.

Build the Ultimate Combat Team: Collect Heroes to assemble the ultimate team and unlock increasingly rare and powerful Heroes as you advance through Arena Leagues. Choose from a cast of legendary Heroes including Princess Leia, Poe Dameron, and Lando Calrissian — each with different roles that you mix and match to gain a tactical advantage.

Confront Your Rivals: Experience iconic rivalries from the Star Wars universe like Han Solo and Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Finn and Captain Phasma, and more. Defeat rivals in combat to gain extra Battle Points and win faster as you ascend the leaderboards.

Master Iconic Weapons and Special Abilities: Rule the playing field with powerful weapons like Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Han Solo’s DL-44 pistol, and Boba Fett’s EE-3 carbine rifle. Master special abilities unique to the Star Wars universe like Darth Vader’s Choke and Admiral Ackbar’s devastating Orbital Strike.

Utilize Faction Bonuses: Form teams of the same faction like the Rebellion, Empire, First Order, and Underworld to gain faction bonuses for increased damage, health regeneration and more.

Battle in Familiar Star Wars Locations: Use cover, elevation, and destructible environments to your advantage as you take down rivals in PvP arenas across familiar environments that span multiple Star Wars eras including Bespin, Scarif, Jakku, and the Death Star.

Enlist in a Guild: Strategize with guildmates to climb the Arena leaderboards and claim Credits, Data Tapes, and Reward Crates to unlock featured Heroes and level up characters in your roster.

 

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Via [StarWars.com]

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