Star Wars Gaming Center Packs the Fun but Where is Star Wars Battlefront?
As an avid gamer, walking into room filled with Xbox One consoles and iPads, I felt right at home. Running an exclusive version of Disney Infinity 3.0, which brought the world of Star Wars characters into the family friendly video-game, on beautifully themed and inviting Xbox console stations means kids of all ages will likely pick up and play this Star Wars themed gaming experience. Nearby iPads are running Angry Birds Star Wars that let’s more novice gamers get a hand at some simpler Star Wars gameplay. Nearby seating makes this area well suited for families who want to let their kids play some video games while they take a theme park breather.
I’m so glad this area is a part of Star Wars launch bay as gaming becomes more and more mainstream but I do have to wonder about a certain glaring omission. Where is EA’s Star Wars Battlefront? What was supposed to be the largest game of the year (though early indications have questioned those projections) is absent from the Star Wars Launch Bay’s gaming repertoire. Perhaps this is due to its ESRB T (Teen) rating which recommends this game for ages 13 and up or perhaps it’s due to Sony Playstation marketing agreements that preclude Xbox from marketing this game in almost every capacity. If either of those were the case it would be perplexing because with the former you could have created a sectioned off area for older gamers if this was the concern and with the latter, this is Disney after all and they could certainly have resolved contractual agreements. With the exact reason for the omission unclear at the moment what is pretty clear to me is that it belongs amongst the Star Wars offerings of the season as it is the hottest Star Wars gaming experience out right now. It also wouldn’t have hurt to include a Star Wars: Battlepod arcade machine at Star Wars Launch Bay but perhaps we want too much from an overlay.