First “Angry Birds,” now “Tiny Tower.” Lucasfilm has found another popular mobile franchise to pair “Star Wars” up with, creating “Star Wars: Tiny Death Star” with NimbleBit.
Disney Interactive announced Friday that the new game, featuring the same 8-bit animation style that helped make “Tiny Tower” popular, will have players join Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine to construct a new Death Star and interact with iconic characters from the sci-fi franchise while building intergalactic businesses on the space station.
LucasArts, the game division of Lucasfilm, and Disney Mobile developed the game with NimbleBit for mobile platforms. No release date has yet been set.
Deal follows a decision by Lucasfilm to get out of the videogame-making business and have LucasArts focus more on brokering licensing deals with other gamemakers.
At the time LucasArts laid off all its game development and support staff, with a small team remaining to handle licensed products like the Lego “Star Wars” franchise, and Rovio’s recently released “Angry Birds: Star Wars II”.
NimbleBit is also known for creating addictive mobile games like “Pocket Planes,” where players manage and grow a fleet of planes as they fly people and cargo to over 250 cities around the map; and the similarly vehicle-based “Pocket Trains.”
The company also has spun off “Tiny Tower” into an animated series of shorts which could also prove another way it can work with LucasArts to grow “Tiny Death Star.”