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Say Goodbye To SW Arcade: Falcon Gunner

Posted By Mike on March 30, 2011

Gaming site Kotaku reports that if you have yet to get around to picking up Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner for your iPhone, now is the time. The augmented reality game allows you to use your phone's camera in order to engage enemy starfighters from the Millennium Falcon's gun turret, with your current surroundings as the backdrop. It's actually an enjoyable game if you don't mind standing in the middle of the room in order to fully turn around and attack enemy fighters trying to sneak up on you from behind. While fun and rather affordable ($2.99), THQ Wireless will be pulling the game from iTunes after March 31, 2011 due to the end of their licensing agreement with Lucasfilm. This is not just unfortunate for those who have yet to purchase the game. For those who have, this essentially rules out future expansions and updates. Apparently, there were also plans for an iPad 2 version.

This news all stems from a blog post by Josh Shabtai of Vertigore Games who was the creative director of Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner. You can read that post here. Unfortunately, it was an all too short run for Falcon Gunner: November 2010 to March 31, 2011. Josh Shabtai actually had a great view of things in his blog post...

"In the end, I shouldn't be upset: I'd literally been dreaming about making a Millennium Falcon arcade machine for more than 27 years. THQ and Lucasfilm gave me and Vertigore the chance not only to realize this vision, but also to produce the first augmented reality Star Wars game, um, ever...

We had a good run. We got to make a friggin' Star Wars game!"


Cheers to Josh and others who worked on the game. We appreciate the innovation and are glad you got the chance to dip your hands in the Star Wars sandbox.


UPDATE: Kotaku now reports that THQ looks to be holding off on removing their Star Wars titles from the iTunes store. Besides Falcon Gunner, Star Wars: Trench Run and Star Wars: Battle for Hoth were looking at the same premature fate. That being said, new comments from a THQ Wireless spokesperson and Vertigore Games' Josh Shabtai indicate that the games will remain available for the time being. How long is anyone's guess. Click here for the full report.


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