It has been nearly seven months since fans heard anything about the upcoming game Star Wars: Hunters.
While Lucasfilm Games has been busy announcing open-world titles from Ubisoft and a brand-new remake of a certified classic, there has been little in terms of news when it comes to the Lucasfilm multiplayer project.
Announced as a part of a Nintendo Direct back in February, Star Wars: Hunters looks to bring the competitive player-on-player action of titles like Overwatch, with the iconic characters and lore of the galaxy far, far away.
Well after nearly half a year, the silence has been broken.
Star Wars: Hunters Cinematic Trailer Drops
A new cinematic trailer has been revealed for the upcoming Nintendo Switch and mobile title Star Wars: Hunters, teasing playable Wookiees, Mandalorians, and more.
The brief tease showcased two teams of galaxy-dwellers going to battle in what seemed to be a spectator-surrounded stadium. The two sides squaring off against each other were made up of new looks at iconic species/characters from the sci-fi franchise.
A Mandalorian can be seen sporting yellow and black armor.
On the other team, a burly Wookiee warrior brandishes a bowcaster.
The Zynga-developed arena battler is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and is poised to release sometime in 2022.
The full trailer can be viewed below:
Enter the Arena at Your Own Risk
Though this is just the second look at Zynga's new venture, fans are starting to get a pretty good idea of what Star Wars: Hunters is going to look like. Yes, it is not coming to the powerhouse PS5 and Xbox Series X/S (at least yet), but it is looking like it is going to try and emulate the feeling of competitive console games like Overwatch and Splitgate.
It is pretty easy to see this is the most ambitious project the mostly mobile-focused studio Zynga has ever worked on. And if this trailer is any indication of the action to come, Hunters is going to be a ton of fun.
One thing to watch for in a game like this though is the level of microtransactions that will be embedded into its very fabric. With colorful characters showcased in the trailer like the dark side wielder Rieve or the Ugnaught riding aboard a custom Droideka, it does not require too much of a mental leap to see how the Star Wars: Hunters team could potentially prey upon their audience with new characters and skins to take into the arena. This is not to say practices such as this are predatory in nature, but it can be a slippery slope especially when dealing with a free-to-play title such as this.
Star Wars: Hunters is set to release in 2022 on Google Play, the Apple App Store, and Nintendo Switch.