Lenovo and Disney have joined forces to bring for the first time to Star Wars: Jedi Challenges a new feature expansion that allows Star Wars fans to have lightsaber battles against each other in local multiplayer mode. The new feature called Lightsaber Versus Mode is the second free update since the product was launched in November 2017. Lightsaber Versus Mode is available for download through Apple's App Store and Google Play.
Driven by overwhelming fan demand, the new multiplayer mode allows two players, each equipped with the smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon, and a compatible smartphone, to fight in AR lightsaber battles, while in the same room. This is the first time two players can play at the same time while being able to see each other's lightsaber in AR.
In Lightsaber Versus Mode, players are guided by visual cues indicating when and where to block, dodge, and strike. The battle increases in difficulty until one of the players claims victory. The players must download the latest version of the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app with access to the same Wi-Fi connection.
“Innovating and iterating based on customer feedback is a big part of what makes Lenovo products different and better,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “One of the most popular fan requests since the launch of Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is to enable 1-on-1 local multiplayer mode for fans to duel one another in lightsaber battles. We’re excited to continue collaborating with Disney to fulfill fans’ wishes by testing the frontiers of augmented reality. The introduction of the Lightsaber Versus Mode is another step in our journey to offering consumers one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences made possible by AR.”
“Our goal here is to extend Star Wars experiences in completely new and different ways for fans -- Star Wars: Jedi Challenges does exactly that,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences & Consumer Products. “The product’s global success has encouraged us to give players even more authentic Star Wars moments, and we look forward to continuing to improve and expand the gameplay.”
The complete hardware set for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which consists of Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, and a lightsaber controller, costs PhP 14,995, and is available on www.jedichallenges.com and through the following local retailers: DS Gadgets, Gigahertz, Silicon Valley, Villman, and select PC Express branches.