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Friday, June 12, 2015

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By Dave Bouressa

"Star Wars" fans across the galaxy felt the tremor through the force when Disney announced the "Disney Infinity 3.0" expansion pack for the Disney Infinity, introducing that galaxy far, far, away into the mix ranging from both Prequel era characters (from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Darth Maul, and Ahsoka Tano), to Original Trilogy Characters (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader) as well as two campaign modes, "Twilight of the Republic" and "Rise Against the Empire".

Check out a sneak peak at the beginning of the "Twilight of the Republic" campain below.

However, has made an exciting announcement. Joining the ranks of characters from the hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the characters from Star Wars: Rebels will now be included into the mix.

"When we first started thinking about doing the Rebels characters, I had heard about the series, but I hadn't seen anything yet," says Jeff Bunker, vice president of art development for Disney Infinity at Avalanche Software and, for all intents and purposes, the father of the game. "Lucasfilm provided us quite a bit of early concepts and early episodes for us to watch, and we ate it up. We watched everything we possibly could to see if we could understand their characters, because that's critical to getting the right pose for each one. So there was a great deal of research that went into the first round of each character." From there, Bunker's team worked in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Chorba, exchanging ideas on poses, designs, and expressions. The Star Wars Rebels style isn't so far removed from that of Disney Infinity, which takes Disney Pixar, Classic Disney, and manga influences, and throws them into a blender. The result is a unified, alive, and beautiful aesthetic that works across brands. For Avalanche's part, having an established look for the toys and game gave them a head start on bringing Star Wars and Star Wars Rebels into the fold.

Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios will all be hitting the Infinity scene. Absent from the crew was Chopper and Hera Syndulla. Chopper's absence can easily be explained for the same reason we don't see R2D2-he's simply not a playable character in the same sense as the others. However, the lack of Hera is raising quite a few eyebrows from the Star Wars community. Acting as the pilot of their ship "The Ghost", and possibly the most active in the fight against the Empire, it is very odd to have her absent. Perhaps she will be appearing in a future expansion with "Rebels-era" Ahsoka, and many more. Only time will tell.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will be hitting shelves this fall, and be sure to check out the Season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, coming June 20th only on Disney XD.