During a recent Nintendo Direct, Zynga has revealed that it's working on a free-to-play Star Wars game for the Nintendo Switch as well as mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The game is called Star Wars: Hunters, and it's coming to mobile this year. It's described as a competitive arena combat game that should offer real-time cross-play squad battles, though Zynga hasn't actually shown off any gameplay despite releasing a teaser trailer. Still, it seems clear Zynga is creating a Fortnite clone with a Star Wars skin, which is difficult to get excited about.
Above, you can view the recently-released teaser trailer for Star Wars: Hunters. While you are provided a few quick glimpses of the game's characters, that's all that's shown off. So in true mobile gaming fashion, it would appear that Zynga doesn't want anyone to see what this game looks like in action, a common tactic mobile developers consistently abuse. Seeing that the game will land sometime this year, I find it hard to believe this trailer is all there is to show.
So outside of the fact that Zynga is chasing trends by focusing the content of its upcoming Star Wars game around squad-based arena combat, there isn't much information available yet. While Zynga has created a dedicated website, there isn't much info available there either. However, there's an email sign-up on the page for those that wish to receive exclusive updates about the game, but more or less, the above trailer is all we have to go on until the studio reveals more about this title. What we do know is that Star Wars: Hunters will be Zynga's first console release, so perhaps there's a sliver of hope the game won't wind up as a lazy free-to-play cash grab. While I wouldn't hold my breath for such an outcome, anything's possible.
Zynga and Lucasfilm Games Announce Star Wars: Hunters™ for the Nintendo Switch System
Star Wars: Hunters Teaser Trailer Debuted Today
San Francisco, CA - February 17, 2021 — Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), a global leader in interactive entertainment, and Lucasfilm Games today announced Star Wars: Hunters, a competitive arena combat game for the Nintendo Switch system and mobile devices, is coming in 2021. Star Wars: Hunters will bring players together to engage in thrilling, squad-based, multiplayer battles featuring a diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters. The game's official teaser trailer debuted today during Nintendo Direct.
Set after the fall of the Galactic Empire, Star Wars: Hunters will connect players in real time to battle in settings inspired by iconic Star Wars locales. Players will select from a cast of unique and idiosyncratic new characters, including daring bounty hunters, heroes of the Rebellion and Imperial stormtroopers, in an action game that immerses players in fast-paced and visually stunning Star Wars conflict.
“Bringing Star Wars: Hunters to the Nintendo Switch and its passionate fan-base marks an exciting milestone for Zynga,” said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing at Zynga. “We created Star Wars: Hunters for every fan who has ever dreamed about playing a high-intensity action game set in the Star Wars galaxy and are excited to see Switch players embrace our foray into console gaming.”
“We are delighted that Zynga is bringing their first console game, Star Wars: Hunters, to Nintendo Switch,” said Steve Singer, Senior Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations at Nintendo of America. “We look forward to Nintendo Switch players around the globe experiencing this world-renowned franchise in a new way.”
“Star Wars: Hunters draws inspiration from classic Star Wars stories and settings, but with a look and feel that is different from anything we have done before,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games. “We’re thrilled to introduce this wildly creative cast of characters to our fans on Nintendo Switch, where they can join with their friends in thrilling battles at home or on the go.”
Star Wars: Hunters will be available free to download for the Nintendo Switch, on the App Store and on Google Play. Star Wars: Hunters does not require a Nintendo Switch Online membership to download and play.
Players can learn more about Star Wars: Hunters and receive game updates by visiting www.swhunters.com
Nintendo Switch players can add Star Wars: Hunters to their Nintendo wish list by visiting https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/star-wars-hunters-switch
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