Star Wars: A New Hope
It is a dark time for Star Wars. Games like Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and The Force Unleashed II have been tanking, and Star Wars Kinect isn’t faring much better off of initial demos. Lucas Arts has been downsizing, and they don’t have a lot of new games on the slate at the moment.
It would seem that, if I had to hazard a guess anyway, that the company and development partners are suffering from a severe lack of creativity. And, I’m sure, after the multitude of games that Star Wars has inspired it might be difficult to come up with more game types circulating around the same six movies.
And yet, sometimes all you need is a set of fresh eyes. A new perspective. Arthur Nishimoto, a student at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago, got an idea, and decided to give it a shot. Either this attack on mediocrity was going to work… or this was going to be the shortest offensive of all time…
Holy. Bantha. Poodoo.
The only question on my mind, now, is when do I get to try this thing? That looks awesome!
The fleet commander game was developed as a not-for-profit student experiment, so it was allowed to use Star Wars ships and sound FX.
I think the most striking development here, aside from the sheer staggering size of the battlefield and the number of simultaneous units on screen, is the unique HUD that the players are using to operate the game. It seems simple enough that passing children can play the game, and yet complex enough to micromanage packs of small ships and weapons systems on the capital ships and cruisers.
The touch-screen is great for multiplayer, also. But immediately this system struck me as a great candidate for a single player Kinect game. Synch the touch screen controls with motion recognition, and you could manage a fleet from the comfort of your couch by waving your hands, and lifting fingers in the air.
Lucas Arts, THIS is the way you need to go. Star Wars Kinect is fine, but its for the (not particularly picky) kids. Now, here, is something for your adult fans.