Ngmoco is launching Star Wars: Imperial Academy on iOS, a freemium first-person shooter that appears to be built on the Eliminate Pro engine. The game was initially beta tested in Canada, then released to other territories including the US and UK. In the game you play a Stormtrooper recruit in training. Over time, players can amass special armor and weapons or simply buy them for an instant upgrade. The game will include several locations based on popular settings from the Star Wars universe, like Hoth and Bespin.
Players can choose to play a cadet who’s training to be a Royal Guard, a Sand Trooper, or a Blackhole Trooper. Weapons include the blaster rifle, rocket launcher, and sniper rifle. It wasn’t that long ago that the Star Wars augmented reality game Falcon Gunner hit the App Store, too, but that game is a paid $4.99 download. PC platforms already have a major freemium Star Wars game in SOE’s Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. Ngmoco is primarily an iPhone developer but has recently begun porting games to Android.