We’ve been speculating for a while now about additional content coming to Bandai Namco’s Star Wars Battle Pod. Given the success of the latest film installment, it only makes sense that the big new arcade game should capitalize on Episode VII (which makes much more sense than Star Wars branded fruit). The main question was: Which part of the movie were they going to utilize for an arcade sequence?
Today we have the first confirmation of that content thanks in part to this screenshot below. If you’ve seen the latest movie then you will recognize this as “The Battle of Takodana” that happens somewhere in the middle of the film. The Battle Pod version will focus on the aerial combat of the battle so it should be interesting to see how they ultimately handle it (and if the director/developers read this, please make better use of the camera that the deluxe pods have for the single player game! 😛 )
4Gamer.net states that the Episode VII content will launch this May although the translation seems to indicate that it is already available for the special home versions of the game. We will be confirming that and update this post if necessary. What are your thoughts on this battle being used? Is it what you expected or were you hoping for the battle that happens more towards the end of the film at the Starkiller Base?
Along those lines on a slightly different subject, news came along today that indicated that Bandai Namco has ceased all arcade development in response to a dip in profits/sales. I reached out to Bandai Namco Amusements America (the US branch of their arcade division) for comment but as of this writing have not received a response. That news seems to fly in the face of this Star Wars announcement above (which was published 2/15/16), as well as an announcement for the arcade release of Tekken 7 Fated Retribution coming this Summer in Japan and the presence of Bandai Namco at JAEPO 2016 later this week where they are expected to unveil several new arcade products. Either way it is best to wait and confirm on business news like this although that didn’t stop various lamentations on social media about them “leaving the business”. We’ll update you as soon as we have word!