Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Makes You An AR Jedi

by Tal Blevins • July 15th, 2017

Disney announced Star Wars: Jedi Challenges at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today, and revealed it was partnering with Lenovo and Lucasfilm to create a new consumer AR headset.

Not many details were given about the hardware itself, but we did learn you download apps onto your phone then lock it into the headset, similar to Gear VR, although Disney promises full line-of-sight to the outside world and not just staring directly into a screen.

Disney was also rather tight-lipped on the game itself, but teased a brief video of a woman suiting up for lightsaber training complete with a motion controller resembling the famous Skywalker-family lightsaber handle. Footage of a real-time ground battle game with troops, turrets and AT-ATs and holochess were also shown. Pro tip: Always let the Wookiee win.

There’s not much more information at the official Star Wars: Jedi Challenges website, but there is an option to sign up for more info on the game.

While no specific release date for the game or the Lenovo headset was revealed, the teaser trailer does end with a “coming soon” message.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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  • Ted Joseph

    I think Disney will be a great contributor to the AR industry! Keep them coming!!!

  • Sharon Lee Banke

    Carrie Fisher honored at D23 expo–watch video here

  • Ryan Knapp

    The design looks like a cross between Meta 2 and Gear VR. The big question is will it have inside out positional tracking?

  • GIBBS v2

    Fruit ninja with a light saber.

  • B mill

    There’s footage of ground battles, At Ats, Turrets & Holochess, but what they give us as a teaser shows us no footage other than some girl putting on the headset and picking up a toy lightsaber? LAME, show us the footage. And does this play more than just the one game?

  • Thoreau

    Hopefully Lenovo/Disney will let us buy an actual lightsaber with the game, using it as a controller. With the right amount of weight to it (i.e. not made entirely of plastic) a controller like that would indeed increase the level of immersion of lightsaber training. Almost bringing you into the actual scene in “The New Hope”.