Last October, BANDAI NAMCO announced an exciting advancement with Star Wars Battle Pod. This new arcade machine features a special dome-shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, as well as controller and seat vibration that syncs with the action on the screen. Add this to the special air blast technology that simulates wind felt during flight and 5.1 surround sound, and BANDA NAMCO calls it “the most cinematic Star Wars arcade gaming experience possible”.
Today, on the official release date, they have revealed new information about the HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE stages in SWBP. First up is HOTH, which is taken directly from Episode V and places you on the icy planet with an impending attack from Imperial forces. You’ll pilot a snowspeeder as you attempt to repel the assault on the Rebel Alliance base, as well as provide air support to ally cargo ships as they attempt to escape.
The second stage presents an original storyline exclusive to the stage. You will take on the role of Darth Vader himself as you pilot a TIE Advanced fighter, which is a special variant of the famed TIE fighter. In the new mission, you will be tasked with stopping the Rebel Alliance from seizing a secret superlaser from the remnants of the destroyed Death Star.
Do these stages pique your interest in the new arcade game?