Star Wars: Battle Pod – From Concept to Cockpit, who said arcades were dead

Last year we got word that during the 2014 New York Comic Con, Bandai-Namco would be showing off a new arcade game based on Star Wars. We later found out that this arcade game would actually use the same technology from another Bandai-Namco game, Gundam Kizuna (which I never got to play). But the nice thing about the Star Wars: Battle Pod is that this unit is available for play in the North American market and is actually in several locations as of now… just none near me just yet.

In this video, entitled Star Wars: Battle Pod – From Concept to Cockpit, you’ll get to hear from the creators of the game as well as the reception of the unit and the love of all things Star Wars. If you weren’t interested in Star Wars: Battle Pod or never even heard of it, this video will definitely make you want to find a unit and pretend that you’re Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the rest of the Star Wars crew.

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Last October, BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America announced an exciting advancement in arcade entertainment with Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Star Wars: Battle Pod features a special dome shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, controller and seat vibration synced with the action taking place on screen, special air blast technology that simulates wind that’s felt during flight, and 5.1 surround sound. All these features come together to provide the most cinematic Star Wars™ arcade gaming experience possible to fans.

 

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Today additional information is revealed about the HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE stages in Star Wars: Battle Pod. The HOTH stage is taken directly from Star Wars™: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back™ and places players on the icy planet with an impending attack from Imperial forces. Players will find themselves in the pilot seat of a snowspeeder; their mission, to repel an Imperial forces attack on the Rebel Alliance base and provide air support to ally cargo ships as they escape to safety. The action in this stage is frantic and exciting filled with sights and sounds that Star Wars fans are sure to recognize and enjoy.

The VADER’s REVENGE stage presents an original storyline exclusive to Star Wars: Battle Pod. This special level places players in the role of Lord Darth Vader himself as he pilots a TIE Advanced fighter, a special variant of the famed TIE fighter. In this special mission, players are tasked with preventing the Rebel Alliance from seizing a secret superlaser from the remnants of the destroyed Death Star. Players will feel the visceral challenge of flying through the debris of the destroyed Death Star while engaged in intense battle.

Source: Bandai-Namco