Today is the biggest day for Star Wars fans since the huge news last week that Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for $4 billion. Rovio has officially launched Angry Birds Star Wars. The game is now available for download for iOS, Android Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.
“It’s a banner day for us,” said Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio. “This is our best Angry Birds game yet, and we’re excited for our fans to finally meet Luke, Leia, and the rest of the gang! But it’s more than just a game launch: we think fans are going to just love the new animated trailer and the Angry Birds Star Wars products, sure to be a big hit this holiday season.”
The game pits the birds (playing “good” Star Wars characters, such as Luke, Han Solo, R2-D2, and Obi-Wan) against the evil piggy empire led by Darth Vader – the “Dark Lord of the Pigs.” Players will slingshot the birds across 80 levels, from the deserts of Tatooine to the trenches of the “Pig Star.” Players can also opt to “train” their skills on Dagobah and forge a new lightsaber for Luke on the “Path of the Jedi,” which is a $1.99 in-app purchase. In addition, the first free update to the game will feature the Battle of Hoth.
“We can’t wait for fans around the world to experience the fun of launching the Angry Birds characters into the Star Wars universe,” said Colum Slevin, head of Studio Operations for Lucasfilm Ltd. “This is the kind of creative partnership that has helped Star Wars remain vibrant and beloved for over 35 years.”
The companies released a cinematic trailer to accompany the launch. It shows the Mos Eisley Cantina scene as imagined in the Angry Birds universe.