I admit that I want to become a Jedi after watching Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones fifteen years ago. I admired Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film, as well as how he tried his best in mentoring his Padawan Anakin Skywalker. So I showed everyone that I loved Star Wars. I dressed as a Jedi Knight at work by wearing a brown blanket made of wool and made it look like a robe. I would motion my hands in front of my friends and try to do a Jedi Mind Trick (sadly, it didn’t work.) And even I had lots of chances to buy my own lightsaber, I would always find out that I did not have enough funds to purchase it. So now comes an opportunity for me and everyone else who wants to become a Jedi. Thanks to Lenovo, Star Wars Jedi Challenges will make your dreams of becoming a Jedi come true.
Star Wars Jedi Challenges was unveiled last September 1, which happens to be Force Friday II that celebrated the worldwide launch of new Star Wars products. Players will hone their Jedi talents across a variety of augmented reality-based experiences, each offering multiple levels of deep and immersive gameplay. To guide the player on this journey, Jedi Challenges will introduce an all-new Star Wars character, the Archivist. The Archivist instructs players in the ways of the Force™ and the knowledge of the Jedi. Throughout these challenges, users will train to perfect their lightsaber skills by taking on some of the most menacing villains the dark side has to offer, command armies in combat missions to defeat the Empire, and outwit their opponents in Holochess, all in augmented reality.
Users start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app onto their compatible phone (iOS or Android) and sliding the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset. Sleek, portable and lightweight, the Lenovo Mirage AR headset will provide full gaming immersion with an optimal level of comfort during gameplay. The headset also comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as a stable base for the headset’s sensors to detect the user’s movement during gameplay.
Equipped with two built-in fisheye sensors to provide inside-out positional tracking, the headset allows for free and natural motion for the player to move around as they duel opponents or direct their forces and pieces across the battlefield.
The headset pairs with a collectible-quality Lightsaber controller, modelled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey. Designed to be a key part of the experience, the Lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration.
Through visible light-tracking technology, the headset’s sensors work together to lock onto the position of the Lightsaber controller, allowing players to see a beam form above the “hilt,” which they can use to block and interact with the universe in-game. Haptic feedback is activated as players strike or block their opponents, while an inertial measurement unit sends rotational information from the controller to the smartphone to assist the beam in remaining stable mid-swing.
There are 3 gameplays in Star Wars Jedi Challenges:
- 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.
Star Wars Jedi Challenges is now available for pre-order at select Toy Kingdom branches. It is priced at Php 14,999 and will be in stores by December.