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Despite the excitement of the newly-announced sequels, Star Wars remains one of the most stale and stubbornly unchanging franchises in science fiction. So clearly what Star Wars needs to get people excited again is... a mobile trading card game.

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The new game comes from LucasArts and... hey, wait a minute, don't we already have a Star Wars card game on Android? Indeed, Konami released Star Wars Force Collection, a shameless rip-off of other free-to-play card games, back in September. The new Assault Team doesn't appear to have anything to do with the previous game, aside from the standard turn-based combat and collection elements found in all of these games. The entire game uses 2D sprites with a few "pew pew" effects sprinkled in for atmosphere. Assault Force is developed by Disney Interactive and "published" by LucasArts, which no longer develops video games itself.

The game is pretty standard as far as card battles go - you collect Star Wars characters, fight them against various incarnations of stormtroopers and aliens, and use in-game currency to level the cards up. (Some of the attacks are interesting - Luke gets his lightsaber and Han and Leia use blasters, but it looks like Chewbacca just roars at people, while C3PO uses the amazing power of talking to defeat his enemies.) Naturally there are in-app purchases for more credits to create more powerful cards.

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What's a good name for a saber with a blade that's made out of energy? I know: "electro-sword."

If you really, really want to play Star Wars: Assault Team, you'll need to be in specific locations that are part of the test. So far we've only been able to confirm that Australia is included, but there may be other countries or markets as well. Star Wars fans, try to contain your disappointment until the wider release this spring.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • sean

    Not the USA.

  • tocsin

    We truly are the lucky country /s

  • Matthew Fry

    Wow. A bold move.

  • Mayoo

    From the same people who recently added Facebook cloud save on Tiny Death Star when they were already integrated for Google Play Achievements.

    This makes me want to encourage those worthy IT devs and analysts. (Read: Not)

  • Izzaconk

    Oh. Wow. Another trading card game. How original.

  • Himmat Singh

    At this rate, mobile gaming is gonna be ruining a good many established franchises.

  • TopXKiller

    You underestimate the power of the Dark Side

  • Primalxconvoy

    I've always wanted to play a card game where you can battle other players, play against the cpu, devise strategies, level up cards and trade them, etc.

    Such a shame that I haven't found a single one on android, yet.

    Can anyone help me find one that isn't a shallow, boring iap-infested snorefest, please?

    • dandmcd

      Won't be able to trade ( can only disenchant cards to craft new ones), but wait patiently for Hearthstone. Blizzard should hopefully pump out the Android version later this year.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Hurrah! Thanks.

    • Wraith495

      Tyrant unleashed