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Lenovo and Disney team up for augmented reality game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany is the third major technology trade show this year; as expected, the event saw lots of tech companies announcing their newest smartphones and gadgets. But one manufacturer, namely Lenovo, revealed something much more interesting (for us gamers and geeks that is). They pulled off the wraps on Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, an augmented reality game done in partnership with Disney.

Check out the first look at the AR game below:

Teased a few months back, Jedi Challenges lets fans of Star Wars play a set of augmented reality games. The title features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, a Tracking Beacon, and a Lightsaber controller (that’s based on Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber). The game is run on a smartphone with the Jedi Challenges app, and it is put inside the headset (a la the Gear VR) for play sessions.

As it’s a Lenovo product, most of us expected the game to only be compatible with Lenovo or Motorola smartphones (as Motorola is owned by Lenovo after all). Surprisingly, the headset is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Though there is no official list yet of smartphones that can run the game.

 

The Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, and Lightsaber controller for the game.

The game features three game modes, namely:

Lightsaber Battles – With their very own lightsaber, fans can train against legendary dark side villains like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader.

Strategic Combat – Players marshal the forces of the Republic, Rebel Alliance, and Resistance against the might of the Separatists, Empire, and First Order in epic battles across their living room floors. Players can hone their skills in strategy and tactics as they engage in battles.

Holochess – Perhaps one of the most iconic board games brought to film, Holochess first leapt into moviegoer hearts when it was played on the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope™. It has now been brought to life in Jedi Challenges. Fans can direct their holographic alien pieces across the board, wrestling for territory and control.

Since the game is augmented reality, and not virtual reality, the three said game modes will appear like holograms in the players field of view; meaning the players surroundings will still be in full view. This is good news for kids, and for people who get dizzy when playing VR games.

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is the perfect gift for the most dedicated of Star Wars fans; and it will be released in select markets by November 2017. The game bundle will cost 199 USD (without taxes) or 299 EUR (with taxes included) upon release. Though there is no word yet on the game’s availability in the Philippines.