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Zynga and Lucasfilm Games are making a new multiplayer Star Wars game

By Tim Augustin - on 18 Feb 2021, 4:42pm

Zynga and Lucasfilm Games are making a new multiplayer Star Wars game

Image: Lucasfilm Games

It’s raining Star Wars games. 

Today’s Nintendo Direct announced Star Wars: Hunters, a new multiplayer arena game coming to the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The game will be free-to-play and although we don’t have much gameplay to look at yet, it’ll launch later this year. 

Watch the announcement trailer below:

Star Wars: Hunters is being developed by Zynga Inc. and Lucasfilm Games, bringing players together for squad-based multiplayer matches with a, “diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters,” according to a news release. Here’s Zynga’s official description of the game:

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.

The trailer is more of a tease than anything, moving through a hallway in what appears to be Tatooine before revealing an arena filled with kicked-up dust, flying lasers and waving lightsabers. All signs point to a squad-based battle royale game where you get to play as new Star Wars characters, but who knows at this point? 

Star Wars: Hunters will be free to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop, the App Store and Google Play. A Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to play the game. In case you missed it, two other Star Wars games are also in the works: an open-world game from Ubisoft and reportedly, a new Knights of the Old Republic game. 

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