Angry Birds Star Wars to reach our galaxy on November 8

Star Wars teams up with Angry Birds in a new edition in which the birds assume the traits of Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of our beloved heroes.

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Those Angry Birds will soon be facing the dark side of the Force in the next installment of the popular game series.

Scheduled for download on November 8, the new game for iOS, Android, and computers will see the birds square off against the pigs but in the familiar "Star Wars" galaxy.

In Angry Birds Star Wars, the birds will take on the personalities of the intrepid heroes, with the red bird assuming the lead role as Luke Skywalker. The evil piggies will be playing for the dark side of the force, taking on the roles of Darth Vader and other galactic bad guys.

"You will see a pig-esque Vader and pig-esque stormtroopers," Lucasfilm marketing VP Paul Southern told USA Today. "They are not Angry Birds dressed up as Star Wars characters," Southern added. "They are characters in their own right."

The new game will also adopt the gravitational hijinks seen in Angry Birds Space, USA Today said, with Luke's home of world Tatooine and the ice planet of Hoth both making appearances.

"Both Star Wars and Angry Birds share the instant and irresistible appeal of hands-on fun," Colum Slevin, head of studio operations for Lucasfilm, said in a statement. "People seem to instinctively know what to do when handed a lightsaber or a bird in a slingshot, so this is a natural combination."

The game will be available on Apple's iOS, Android, the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Mac, the PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.

Rovio is also applying some marketing savvy to this new mashup.

The game maker is releasing a series of Star Wars-themed dolls, toys, games, and other Angry Birds merchandise on October 28, according to Lucasfilm.

Those of you in New York City can learn more about the game in person this morning. Rovio is advising New Yorkers in the Times Square area to head to the Toys R Us store today for some type of event starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Updated 12:30 p.m. PT with details on game from Lucasfilm.


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