Grab your quarters, folks – you’re going to need ‘em all.
New York Comic Con is in full swing, and the city is currently swarming with geeks from every corner of the earth. Comics, gaming, fantasy, and all facets of pop culture come together for one of the largest geek events on the east coast, and there’s certainly no shortage of exciting announcements.
One of the coolest announcements this week comes from Bandai Namco. The team behind some of the most classic games in the industry is constantly striving to deliver unique content to consumers, and now they’re bringing Star Wars back in a brand new way – but with an old school feel.
Star Wars: Battle Pod is set to be one of the coolest arcade experiences of recent times. Taking major cues from the classic episodes, Battle Pod is an all-in-one shooter experience for veteran fans and casuals alike. The revolutionary dome screen arcade unit will thrust you into the story that’s captivated audiences for years in the form of high-speed space and land battles. Are you prepared to step inside the cockpit?
The game includes five stages that set out to recreate some of the most brutal and classic battles from episodes IV-VI. Star Wars: Battle Pod allows players to take control of some of the fiercest vehicles in the galaxy, including X-wings, snowspeeders, speederbikes, TIE Advanced, the even the hunk of junk itself, the Millennium Falcon.
“The Star Wars universe is a vast galaxy of memorable experiences and epic storylines and we intend to put that level of fun and control in the hands of the fans with Star Wars: Battle Pod,” stated Satoshi Ishita, President and CEO of Bandai Namco Games. “Players can jump right in to true-to-film battles on Endor, Hoth, Death Star II, Yavin and more.”
The pod itself may be the most impressive feat of all. Equipped with a state of the art cinematic dome screen, Battle Pod delivers a 180-degree horizontal field-of-view that delivers stunning realism, making the immersion factor almost unfathomable. The pod is also equipped with controller and seat vibration, air blasts that replicate speed and acceleration, and a 5.1ch surround sound that delivers unparalleled sound quality.
After some hands-on time in the pod, I’m having a hard time deciding whether or not I actually blew up the Death Star myself. I’m completely aware that I shot first, and sitting in the cockpit, I felt a little invincible. The levels themselves are incredibly vibrant and fast-paced, and there’s certainly no shortage enemy fighters to shoot down. Easy, medium, and hard levels offer a lot of variety and different ways to play, and no two levels feel exactly alike.
Take a look at some of the impressive arcade visuals:
Of course, arcade games are often known for sucking your life savings away a few quarters at a time.. Most games incorporate the play-to-continue method if you lose, but with Star Wars: Battle Pod, there’s none of that. You either succeed or fail in your mission. The pod allows players of skill levels to play full missions without the fear of having the machine gobble up 50 cents every time you seemingly miss a few shots. There is no death, there is no try – well, maybe a little try.
Star Wars: Battle Pod is headed to arcades in January, and although there’s no date currently slated, we can expect a worldwide launch to follow. If you’re looking to get your hands on it early, you’re in luck. The game will be on display at Dave and Buster’s in Time Square through Comic Con.
Take a look at the trailer below, and get ready to step inside the pod.
Happy gaming, nerds!