The post-EA Star Wars era has begun, with mobile game developer Zynga teasing their upcoming Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS game Star Wars: Hunters. The teaser trailer showed us a little, but also said a lot with its character reveals and setting. We make some predictions about what the Farmville developers should be bringing to the upcoming Star Wars: Hunters.
Star Wars: Hunters could be pay-to-win
Zynga specializes in free games: Farmville, Cityville countless other mobile titles. While free games can be great (see: League of Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite), their monetization often isn’t.
Many mobile games thrive by selling players on progression and competition systems that boil down to paying for the newest, strongest content and keeping current with the meta. It’s no secret games like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes make billions in revenue, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect Star Wars: Hunters from going the same route, and opting for aggressive monetization and pay-to-win mechanics. Hopefully that won’t be the case.
New unreleased Star Wars characters
We can tell from this teaser that there are characters we have never seen before in Star Wars media, and that this is post Star Wars Episode 6 because of the Stormtrooper fighting in the arena. It’s one of the safer predictions that Star Wars: Hunters is introducing new characters unique to the game, with the Sith woman and random Wookiee as major indicators.
The beauty of Star Wars is universe is how easily it welcomes new characters. Fans quickly embracing Cal Kestis from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Iden Versio from the Imperial Inferno Squad in Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017).
Just because the initial roster might be comprised primarily of new and never-before-seen characters, that doesn’t mean there would be no room to include familiar characters in the Star Wars universe as well. We expect to eventually see characters like Boba Fett, Poe Dameron, or Chewbacca.
It’s already confirmed that Star Wars: Hunters will come to Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. It would come as a serious shock if Star Wars: Hunters wasn’t crossplay enabled. The real question is if the success of this game hits so hard that they’ll have no choice but to make versions for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Most Star Wars games don’t have strong esports scenes. As a of a team based third person shooter in an arena setting, Hunters should spawn a competitive environment. Who doesn’t love a good coordinated gladiator style battle?
Assuming Star Wars: Hunters won’t include a character levelling progression like SWGOH, and instead opts for a League of Legends or Smite type of in-game character builds or skill-based ability mechanics, the Star Wars gaming community might finally have a proving ground for competitive players.
Star Wars: Hunters is slated for a soft launch in early summer 2021, and possible release by winter 2021. We are excited for the post-EA Star Wars era, and will keep our eyes on Hunters. Keep checking with SQUAD for more Star Wars content!