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Star Wars’ canon is about to take another step into a large world.

Kabam’s new
Star Wars canon

The second piece of a new story that takes place after Return of the Jedi debuts Thursday, September 10, when Star Wars: Uprising hits iOS and Android. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game comes from Kabam, and it joins last week’s Star Wars: Aftermath novel as being the first two new stories that occur in the wake of the Emperor’s death. For a mobile publisher to create a part of Star Wars’ new canon is a sign of trust from Lucasfilm and the importance of gaming on smart devices, a $30 billion market.

It’s a free-to-play game, and Uprising director Daniel Erickson said that it doesn’t have any paywalls. It does monetize against “time and competition,” he said.

Uprising takes place in the Anoat Sector (think Hoth and Cloud City), which was the setting for much of The Empire Strikes Back. The Imperial governor, Adelhard, has shut down the sector with the Iron Blockade. He’s also withholding the Emperor’s death from the people, and his Purge Troopers enforce Imperial propaganda even more effectively than Stormtroopers. Players must find a way to defeat this lockdown.

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