There has been a disturbance in the Force today. USAopoly (The OP) and Disney Consumer Products UK announced Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game, and we are ready.

Inspired by the events leading up to and through Star Wars: A New Hope, players ages 10 and up work together in this light strategy tabletop game to recruit rebels and prevent the construction of the original Death Star. The game will be available in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions this fall.

“Utilizing the OP’s proprietary game engine, which was recently recognized for its achievement in creativity and innovation with licensed products, Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is a best-in-class cooperative tabletop game that will keep players at the edge of their seats,” says Tony Serebriany, director of inventor relations and international sales at USAopoly. “As our first game designed specifically for the EMEA regions, approachability had to be one of the foundational design pillars. Star Wars: Dark Side Rising requires strategic thinking but scales in difficulty, making it accessible yet challenging and fun for gamers of all experience levels.”

In Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, each of the two to four players starts with an individual board that indicates the Rebel cell they are leading. The boards depict the Base of Operations and Team Leader for each player — Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Hera Syndulla. Players must coordinate efforts to recruit iconic characters and organize their cells to thwart the Empire’s rise to galactic domination. The main game board features a custom-sculpted, 3D Darth Vader bust that commands the Imperial operatives and actions with orders to wipe out the Rebels and to make the Death Star operational.

Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is The OP’s first Star Wars-themed game and will be available for $49.95. Check out www.theop.games for more info.

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