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Star Wars films coming to iOS as playable, interactive storybooks

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In an effort to introduce the Star Wars franchise to a younger audience, Disney and Lucasfilm launched Star Wars Journeys today, a series of interactive storybooks that allow users to play their way through the Star Wars films.

Variety reports that this it the first digital content to be developed by Disney and Lucasfilm since the former bought the latter in October 2012. Each movie will receive its own app, with Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace launching today. Apps chronicling the plot of the rest of the films — Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — will launch incrementally leading up to the release of the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode 7 on Dec. 18, 2015.

Storybooks are available on iOS and will cost $6.99 each. Each one will include 20 playable scenes as well as its own minigame. The Phantom Menace, for example, include a podracing minigame, and progression through the storyline will unlock pod upgrades. In addition to the playable storylines, each app will include a database featuring background information on characters, places and other elements of the Star Wars universe.

The launch of the apps comes just one day after the official cast for Star Wars: Episode 7 was revealed.