Lenovo and Disney unveiled “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” today, a new augmented reality Star Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in full VR. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, and Lightsaber controller for a unique spin on Lightsaber duels. Jedi Challenges is being unveiled as part of Force Friday II (starting on September 1), which celebrates the worldwide launch of new Star Wars products, and will be available for pre-order for $199.99 at Best Buy and Lenovo online. The product is compatible with both Android phones and iPhones, and will be available this holiday season.
“With Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, Lenovo and Disney are bringing Star Wars to fans in ways they could previously only imagine,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo Consumer PCs & Smart Devices. “Augmented Reality has always been an important part of Star Wars, and it’s exciting to bring these key moments to life by marrying Lenovo technology with Disney’s storytelling.”
Players will have the chance to hone their Jedi talents across a variety of augmented reality-based experiences, each offering multiple levels of 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.
Using your very own lightsaber, you can train against legendary dark side villains like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader. You will also marshal the forces of the Republic, Rebel Alliance, and Resistance against the might of the Separatists, Empire, and First Order in battles across your living room. There will also be Holochess, one of the most iconic board games brought to film, which first appeared on the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
“We believe augmented reality will usher in a new era of storytelling and play an important role in the experiences we create for our fans,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “With Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, we’re bringing together the latest technology and one of the most recognized franchises in the galaxy to fulfill the wishes of anyone who’s ever wanted to wield a lightsaber or take on the empire forces on the battlefield.”
Pricing and availability for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges will vary from country to country and the product will be available beginning in November in certain markets. In the US, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is $199.99 and will be sold on BestBuy.com and at Best Buy stores nationwide starting in November.