Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is bringing about a whole new way to immerse yourself in Disney theming. With the implementation of Disney Parks Play, Disney imagineers are creating immersive experiences at every turn and one way to experience it is with the mobile games within Galaxy’s Edge.
A series of interactive smartphone games will transform Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge into an immersive real-world role-playing universe that will let players collect galactic credits and unlock additional layers of backstory about the new themed land coming to Disneyland and Disneyworld.
In the past year, Disney has been rolling out Disney Parks Play and the mobile games in Galaxy’s Edge take that idea to a whole new interactive level.
“From the beginning, we’ve always really thought of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as for world’s largest Star Wars playset,” said Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Asa Kalama. “Building on that idea of being able to imagine and role play Star Wars in your backyard. Being able to do that in a world that is fully supportive of all of the things that you’ve imagined in your mind for all of these years.”
How does it work you ask?
Download the app: The Play Disney Parks app uses Bluetooth technology and GPS location services to tie the games to locations in the “Star Wars” village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu.
Choose your team: Players will align with the Resistance good guys, First Order bad guys or a scoundrel gang in the village.
Choose your adventure: The games run through the entire land. One version taps into doorway control panels being used as a First Order surveillance system throughout the village outpost. A second game tied to the queue experience for the Millennium Falcon flight simulator turns players into smugglers working for a shady intergalactic shipping company. A pair of games linked to the Rise of the Resistance trackless dark ride sends players on a mission to scout a Resistance invasion or collect information for the First Order.
Galaxy’s Edge Immersion: The hack tool lets players access the memory banks of droids and interact with devices throughout the land immersing players into the land, the surroundings and allowing them to interact with characters. There is a scan tool that reads shipping labels revealing the contents of cargo containers found in ride queues. A translate tool deciphers languages spoken by alien creatures and carved into ancient stone walls throughout Batuu. The tune tool decodes secret radio transmissions heard throughout the land. A decryption key can unscramble encrypted messages.
Get into the action: A jobs board in the app pairs players with space pirates who need help recovering lost shipments of space creatures, First Order lieutenants seeking to quell a Resistance uprising or rebel leaders recruiting volunteers to thwart a First Order attack. Players can also chat with the characters within the app during their mission.
Play for fun or play to win: The games on the app are designed to be easily played by novices and gamers alike. Those with more advanced skills will be able to ramp up the levels and seek out bigger challenges. Galactic credits will be awarded for successful missions. Winning players can upgrade their avatars.
“The Data Pad is really another tool for unlocking more content, more information, more storytelling,” said Imagineering concept designer Casey Ging.
“We worked really closely with the design teams working on Black Spire Outpost to be able to make sure that that layer of technology was actually embedded from day one,” said Disney Parks digital manager Kelsey McCullough.
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