Everything You Need To Know About Zynga’s Star Wars: Hunters

Oh wow, this is still a thing.

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Remember that Star Wars free-to-play game being developed by Zynga called Star Wars: Hunters? Me neither! But it still exists. While the title has been mostly silent since its original announcement back in 2021, development seems to still be underway. The latest news confirms Star Wars: Hunters will come to a galaxy near you sometime in the future, but maybe not as soon as you might be hoping.

Here’s everything you need to know about Star Wars: Hunters.

When Is the Star Wars: Hunters Release Date?

Star Wars: Hunters was originally slated to be released in late 2021 for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. Then the game was delayed in July 2022 to a general 2023 release window. The latest news comes from a post on the Zynga Star Wars X (formerly Twitter) account on November 8 announcing the game has been delayed yet again to a nebulous 2024 release window.

Is There a Trailer for Star Wars: Hunters?

Yes! A trailer came with the original Star Wars: Hunters announcement on February 17, 2021. You can watch it below.

Though brief, the trailer gives us a glimpse at a few things. Firstly, we hear the rumble of conflict above, so we can assume that this a location that will be available in the full game. The trailer takes us through the halls of a new location, showing holograms featuring a Wookie, a red lightsaber-wielding fighter, a heavy Stormtrooper, and a Mandalorian. When the door opens, we can spot a large conflict going on. Most of it is shrouded in dust, but a blue lightsaber pops up, implying a Jedi could be playable.

A second cinematic trailer in late 2021 gave us a first look at some of the characters that will be playable in the game.

What Kind of Game Is Star Wars: Hunters?

Star Wars: Hunters is described as centering on "thrilling, team-based, multiplayer battles featuring a diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters" in a press release. Which is a lot of jargon to say this is going to be a team-based game in the vein of Overwatch, just with a Star Wars coat of paint.

The gameplay trailer for Hunters shows multiple heroes — or hunters I suppose — duking it out on a number of maps. Each hunter has their own abilities and compete in game modes that seem like any other team-based title, such as a payload mode.

What Characters Are in Star Wars: Hunters?

To date, there have been 12 hunters announced for the game, all of which are original characters in the universe. This includes a character that is just two Jawas in a trench coat. The full list of characters is as follows:

  • Diago — Miraluka Sharpshooter
  • Sprocket — Mon Calamari Prodigy
  • Sentinel — Imperial Heavy Gunner
  • Skora — Rodian Sawbones
  • Grozz — Wookiee Juggernaught
  • Imara Vex — Unrelenting Bounty Hunter
  • Zaina — Rebel War Hero
  • Rieve — Dark Side Assassin
  • J-3DI — Jedi Droid
  • Utooni — Jawa Scavengers
  • Slingshot — Droideka Speedster
  • Aran Tal — Mandalorian Vanguard

When Does Star Wars: Hunters Take Place?

Star Wars: Hunters takes place after the fall of the Galactic Empire, occupying the space between the original and sequel trilogies. This is the same era covered by The Mandalorian. As the game does not seem to have a heavy narrative focus it is unlikely the setting will matter too much and we won’t see the game evolve into other eras of the franchise we know.

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