Forget those giant Surface displays used to take your D&D game to the next level, Bandai Namco has a wrap around arcade cabinet that puts you in the middle of some of your favorite Star Wars scenes.
Obviously, there is no word on a release date, how many quarters you’ll have to shove in this thing, or even directions to a video arcade, but the idea of the immersive dome technology to put you in the middle of the POV shooter is a great idea.
Star Wars: Battle Pod, with an enveloping dome screen, air blasts, and rumble, redefines the Star Wars arcade experience for a new generation. The first Star Wars game ever was an arcade shooter, released in 1983, and many other Star Wars arcade games followed through the years — Star Wars: Battle Pod hearkens back to that tradition. “We’re going back to our roots, so to speak,” says Lucasfilm’s Matt Shell, “in developing this really exciting arcade unit.” The game takes players through the original Star Wars trilogy, from the Battle of Yavin to Endor, with some surprises along the way. Combined with the cabinet’s features, it’s an experience that can’t be replicated easily. “You can’t bring an experience like that home,” says associate producer Derek Williams.