Ahead of an extensive set of books covering the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens coming out this year, our first “official” look at what happened to the Star Wars galaxy after the Death Star II blew up will be... a mobile game? Man, this “everything matters” canon is getting weird really quickly.

Star Wars: Uprising, a new RPG from Kablam, is set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi — and as the trailer below reveals, this isn’t a galaxy where the Empire promptly shattered into Remnant bits after the Emperor died. It’s one that saw its leadership go out in a fully-armed-and-operational ball of flames and went “Nothing to see here folks! Move along, move along!”.

Star Wars: Uprising takes place in the Anoat sector of the galaxy (home to Hoth and Bespin) and lets players create parties of disenfranchised galactic citizens, who upon learning that the Empire are trying to cover up the Rebel Alliance’s victory at Endor, decide to take arms against the new Imperial leadership. Characters can be multiple classes, from Smugglers to Rebel guerilla fighters, even Diplomats and Gamblers. I’m not sure why you’d want to bring someone who’s defining trait is something like “really good at Sabaac” into a fight, but it’s cool that there’s non-combat options for your team of resistance fighters.

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Other details on the game are scant at best right now, but the real deal here is the inherent weirdness that our first real look at what happened after Return of the Jedi — an incredibly important period that was deeply explored in the former Expanded Universe, and a period that we now know will set up the events of the next trilogy of Star Wars movies — in this new age of “everything matters” in terms of Star Wars canon isn’t coming from a book, or a TV show, or the films themselves. It’s coming through a phone game that you’ll occasionally whip out when you’re on a commute or something.

That’s super weird, and also kind of exciting. Before, Star Wars media, especially games, were weird offshoots that both did and didn’t “matter” in what stories they told. Now, even the tiniest little thing can tell big stories.

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If you’re interested in playing Uprising, you can sign up for a beta here ahead of the game’s release later this year.

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