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The man behind Star Wars' holochess is making a monster-battling AR board game

If you've ever thought the holochess game from Star Wars would make for a great game in real life, you're in luck.

Published onMarch 30, 2016

One of the most memorable parts about the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars is the holochess game, where C-3PO famously instructed R2D2 to “let the wookiee win.” If you’ve ever thought the holochess game, or Dejarik, would make for a great game in real life, you’re in luck — Phil Tippett, the creator of the original stop-motion monsters in Star Wars, is bringing a similar game to the real world called HoloGrid: Monster Battle. The game will be available for AR and VR platforms, as well as mobile and PC.

Tippett Studio has been working with developer HappyGiant to create the title. It will be very similar to other collectible card games like Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering, but with a big twist. Thanks to the process called photogrammetry, playing a card on the game board will result in the monsters springing to life and attacking their opponents. There aren’t too many other details as to how exactly the game will be played, but we do know, thanks to the trailer attached below, that it will be quite graphic.

As of right now, there aren’t any details as to when we can expect HoloGrid: Monster Battle to arrive. Mike Levine, president of HappyGiant, says his company is excited and interested in new platforms like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Magic Leap, Meta, CastAR and others. We do know, however, that it will be available for the Oculus Rift, mobile and PC. We’ll be sure to let you know when we get more details. For now, head to the HoloGrid link attached below for more information.