In a bid to revive Star Wars games in the early 2000s, Disney Interactive was working on an adventure game for the Atari 2600 called Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Unfortunately, the project was cancelled after just one game, the very first in the series.
The Star Wars series has since spawned dozens of sequels, spin-offs and spin-off games, all of which have their own distinct look, gameplay and aesthetic.
Now, it’s time to revisit the original Star Wars with a new look, new gameplay and a new theme.
“We thought we’d bring Star Wars back,” said Chris Lee, CEO of Disney Interactive Canada.
“It was a really interesting project, and it really was one of the most successful in the history of the franchise.
It was a real time capsule.
We wanted to take that opportunity to really reinvigorate the franchise, to take the game and turn it into something new.”
To do so, Lee and his team have spent the past two years working on a new game for Atari that they hope to release sometime this year.
That game will be a return to the style of the original, which was originally released in 1993.
The new game will feature a new storyline, new characters and new missions.
Players will be able to take part in three main game modes: the first is called the Adventures of the Empire, where players explore the Star Wars universe and discover what has been lost and what has become of the Rebel Alliance.
The second is called Starfighter, which is the first level of the game where players can fly a shuttle and fight a boss in the game’s first mission.
The third mode is called The Empire, which pits players against a powerful Imperial military and the mysterious Rebel Alliance known as the Knights of Ren.
Lee said the new game was originally scheduled to launch sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.
The game will also include a new multiplayer mode called the Conquest of the Galactic Empire.
Players can compete in both Starfighter and Conquest modes against AI-controlled opponents.
Lee described the Conquest mode as the “ultimate challenge.”
It’s the game in which players are given control of an Imperial fighter pilot named X-Wing.
X-wing flies an X-1 Starfighter in Conquest mode, which he uses to take on enemy fighters and other pilots.
The AI in Conquest will attack X-wings when they approach.
“You’ll see that in the first three levels of Conquest, there’s some pretty nasty fighters that are going to try to hit X-Wings with lasers,” Lee said.
“But we’ll also see that they’ll also try to shoot down X-wings as well.”
The final level will feature the return of the Imperial TIE Fighter, which Lee said was originally designed to be a more powerful version of the TIE fighter.
But as the game progressed, the team realized it was too much for the Ties.
Lee noted that the Tie fighter will be much more difficult to pilot in Conquest.
“When you go to Conquest, the T-wing is basically a little bit smaller, so the T’s going to be harder to fly.
But once you’ve got that T-Wing, you can fly it really well,” Lee told Polygon.
“There are going be some pretty big challenges for X- wing in Conquest, but we’ll still have a lot of fun.”
Lee said a lot has changed over the years since the original games were made.
“Back then, it was just a bunch of toys.
Now it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, this is a really big story and it’s a really good story,'” he said.
While Lee was coy about the specific details of the new Star Battle game, he said the team is still working to make it “a great experience.”
It will take place in a universe that will be “completely different from what we’re used to,” he said, with new characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
It’s also expected to feature a different story structure.
“I think it’s going [to] have a different feel,” he added.
“The story’s still going to revolve around the Clone Wars.
You’ll see a lot more of the characters we’ve seen before.
But it’s not going to just be a bunch and a bunch more clones, so it’s more of a more organic story.”
Lee told us he is not yet ready to announce any new gameplay elements or even release a trailer for the new version.
But he did tell us he hopes to make the game available for free to the public and that he will be keeping players updated on the progress of the project on social media.
“This is the biggest Star Wars game I’ve ever worked on,” he told us.
“And this is the best Star Wars project I’ve done.”