Star [Minor Peril – Ed]: Clone [Argument – Ed]

By Alec Meer on September 15th, 2010 at 9:02 pm.

SOE has today launched its Star Wars MMO Clone Wars Adventures, which becomes the second Star Wars virtual world, and thus neatly pips The Old Republic to the post. Aimed at the younger Star Wars audience that’s thrilled to the Clones Wars series, toys and official stationery – or so I understand it – it’s a free to play* mini-game-based place that appears to be roughly analogous to Free Realms. It being Star Wars, expect crowds despite the rugrat-orientation. Details below. To be honest, there’s a lot of promise from this – yeah, it’ll be free from the grown-up roleplaying that such as we might demand, but creating a bunch of (hopefully) engaging interactive contact from a virtual world that’s achieved some resonance with kids is no bad thing. Well, perhaps apart from that “massive amounts of cash to George Lucas” stuff.

Sign up here! Includes character customisation and stuff!

* Microstranscation**-based
** Transaction

Here’s the trailer. Warning: includes someone pretending to be Hayden Christensen, but with a deeper voice.

In Clone Wars Adventures, players become the next great hero of the Republic as they take their place alongside their favorite characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Ahsoka Tano. Gamers can play exciting minigames, engage in dynamic activities, attend lively social events, and access thousands of customization options for their very own personalized avatars. They will speed through space in a Starfighter, take out waves of battle droids in Tower Defense, and test their brains with challenging Droid™ Programming puzzles. Players can also purchase legendary Star Wars outfits, items and accessories through micro-transactions using Station Cash™, SOE’s virtual currency.

Star Wars: Clone War Adventures offers a number of features, including:

Extending the Fantasy: Kids no longer have to wait until the next exciting episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series to continue exploring and enjoying the Star Wars universe. With Clone Wars Adventures, kids can go online to experience exciting thrills as they duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships.

Free Play or Upgrades: Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play game, but players who want to take the galactic action to the next level can purchase a monthly Jedi Membership subscription for $5.99. Players can also buy cool Star Wars universe items from within the game through micro-transactions using Station Cash.

Minigames & More: From Droid Programming to Speeder Bike Racing, Clone Wars Adventures puts you in the driver seat to experience epic action in immersive minigames that take you to your favorite locations in the galaxy. Become the proud owner of a tricked out Droid pet or throw a party in your player house – the fun is seemingly endless!

Fun With Friends: Whether you are on adventures with old friends or competing for leaderboard status with new ones, Clone Wars Adventures is a lively virtual world that connects players in fun and safe ways. Show off your achievements in your Trophy Room, use safe chat and emoticons to express yourself and celebrate in-world events with the entire galaxy!

Kid-Friendly: Parental controls allow for the customization of safety options, including pre-canned chat and playtime settings for younger players.
Retail Package: The Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport is scheduled to be available at thousands of retail locations in North America later this fall and will include a 90-day membership, 500 Station Cash, the ability to unlock the Togruta playable character, a Yoda monitor topper, and more.

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  1. Fumarole says:

    Star Wars – yay
    MMO – boo
    Free – yay
    Microtransactions – boo

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      After several decades of Star Wars movies, merchandise, spin offs, cartoons, games, references, memes and more, I’m getting pretty tired of everything Star Wars. Seems I’m the only one, though.

  2. bleeters says:

    Aimed at the younger Star Wars audience that’s thrilled to the Clones Wars series

    Proof, if ever it was needed, that young people are all fools.

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      DarkNoghri says:

      To be fair, the cartoon series was rather awesome (that being the one by the people who did Samurai Jack, not this CG stuff). I can’t speak for the newer series, but I haven’t heard great things about it.

    • Army of None says:

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. Clone wars is awesome, and Jar Jar is the most awesomest character in star wars.

      ./trollface

    • bleeters says:

      “Hey clanker, suck lasers!”

      /disgust

    • Lilliput King says:

      If you people are snubbing this series without having seen it, you are fools.

    • Xercies says:

      Apprantly the new one from hearing various circles isn’t half bad either, the film everyone agrees is rubbish but apprantly the actual series has gone better and better.

      having said that i can’t be bothered to actually check, and think the whole Star wars things should die of death. Ok already it changed science fiction a lot, now let it die and do something else George. i mean you had good things before Star wars..I’ve watched THX thats a really good film.

    • Mr_Day says:

      @ Lilliput King

      Do I get to snub it if I have seen it?

      “In todays 30 minute episode, 5 minutes of setup for 25 minutes shooting at droids and Anakin cutting bits of droids off. Reports that his new catchphrase will be ‘Well EXCUUUUUUUUUUUSE me, Princess’ are unfounded but probably true.”

    • Mr_Day says:

      @Me

      Oh, that isn’t the one. Well, no one will notice my crass mistake.

    • DrGonzo says:

      It’s not that the show is bad. Just that I despise the universe it’s set in. It just isn’t Star Wars I tell ya!

    • Generico says:

      I think the CG animated series is pretty good. It has better plot and character development than the vast majority of kids cartoons. And unlike most kids cartoons it actually bothers to squeeze some sort of moral or ethical lesson into each episode, which is a trait shared by all great kids shows. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy sometimes, but cheese is part of Star Wars. If you think the original Star Wars movies weren’t cheesy you’re probably watching them through the rose colored glasses of childhood memory.

    • Nick says:

      I loved the original Star WArs trilogy when I was young, so.. yeah.

    • Dolphan says:

      The series isn’t bad at all for a kids cartoon, though it has its duff episodes. The film was the most awful piece of ‘entertainment’ I’ve ever encountered.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Actually I think the new films completely lacked the cheesiness. The original films were just having fun. The new films seemed to take themselves very seriously.

  3. neolith says:

    If this is the MMO for the Clone Wars style loving youth, how come we don’t get proper graphics for grown-ups in SW:TOR?

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      neofit says:

      And what exactly is aimed at adults in Stars Wars? ;) “Sci-fi” with sword fights and magic? Please…

    • Tei says:

      The wings of dragons touch the wings of space ships…

    • neolith says:

      neofit, take a close look at the original movies and the cartoon and tell me which one is directly aimed at at the young audience and which one is not. Spaceships, lightsabers and fantasy do not automatically make a movie aimed at kids.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Neolith, Star Wars in any incarnation is a movie for children. There is absolutely no doubt, not a tiniest shred of it, that every possible aspect of Star Wars movies is made to primarily target children and young adults. That the original trilogy (well, first two parts anyway) is equally enjoyable for adults only means that they were good movies for children. There is no shame in liking stories for kids.

    • neolith says:

      There’s a difference between things that are suitable for a younger audience and things that are actually aimed at the young audience.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      There is. And Star Wars is aimed at young audience.

  4. xxstyxx says:

    What a fucking shit….. “Free-to-play” is a joke.
    You can earn ingame Cash but 90% of all Items can only buyed if you pay a monthly Fee (Become a Jedi Member!). But if you pay the Fee (and became a Jedi Member! ^^) there are 20-25% of Items you can only buy with “Station Cash”.
    So you have to pay twice to get acces to all Items AND Games!

  5. fallingmagpie says:

    “…the fun is seemingly endless!”

    But then, presumably, ends.

  6. stahlwerk says:

    “Ratedantenna, Kizgetapantspermissionbefogoingaline”

    Your Jedi mind tricks won’t work on me, Lucas!

  7. Michael says:

    Lilliput, no one is contesting the superiority of Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated shorts. The previous posters were all deriding the CGI series that followed.

    • Mad Doc MacRae says:

      And the prequels that preceded them.

    • Medina says:

      I dont think anything in the new clone wars cartoon can even come close to touching the Mace vs. the droid army short.

  8. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Anything pretending or looking like Hayden Christiansen is sufficient reason to stay well away from it. Except, perhaps, the Star Wars movies. Although I might just pretend the second trilogy just doesn’t exist, which could work, too.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      ..or whatever his name is.

    • tigershuffle says:

      nahh the young Anakin/Vader is alot better in this then the movies.

      As my son is in the target audience ..8yrs old… he loves the cartoon series and tbh I find it entertaining ……its easy to be a bit sniffy at a kids cartoon

      but as a responsible parent he now loves playing KOTOR on my old xbox and now has the KOTOR comics on his DS

      Its very amusing watching him play with his little Galactic Heroes figures….but renaming his multiple obi-wans etc as KOTOR characters

  9. triclops says:

    @tigershuffle,

    That is awesome. it makes me happy that a youngster is discovering Kotor. It is too bad the great mods for PC Kotor 2 aren’t available for the xbox version