PhoneSaber tag

Lightsaber Unleashed – Available Now!

Wednesday 24th September 2008

I realise that a lot of you have shown concern over the recent posting of the app, and been disappointed when you saw that what you had downloaded was not the exciting new version, but rather the older version. This was a test at our end, but I am very pleased to let you all know that it is available now on the App Store [link].

Download, and enjoy!

The Return of PhoneSaber

Thursday 11th September 2008

There have been rumors aplenty that PhoneSaber would return in an official form to the App Store, and I am very happy to announce that it will indeed return, and should be available on the App Store soon.

The app will have a new name and a whole new look.  The new version, Lightsaber Unleashed, will have a strong link to the new multi-platform title Star Wars ®: The Force Unleashed™, which is out soon.  Lightsaber Unleashed will feature exciting characters from this new game as well as vastly improved graphics, sound effects and optional dueling music (which was a popular request).

We are still going to be publishing the application, and it will still be free.  News will be posted here as it unfolds, but we hope users will be able to update their copy of PhoneSaber to the new LightSaber Unleashed when it becomes available through the App Store.  In the mean time, enjoy some screenshots of what you can expect after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

PhoneSaber’s Future

Thursday 07th August 2008

Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber fans.

As of now, PhoneSaber will no longer be available, I’ve had a chat with a guy from THQ Wireless (who own the rights for Star Wars apps on mobiles) and as we were always expecting, PhoneSaber is not allowed to be on there.  It was a very friendly chat, and the future of PhoneSaber was discussed.

They want to do some sort of official, Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one.  We’re really excited about this – it means that PhoneSaber has the potential to be even better than it originally was!  I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it, advertise with it or what, but we’ll keep you updated on as much as we’re allowed to tell you.

Apologies to everyone who loved PhoneSaber, we didn’t really have much choice in the matter, but we’re certain that the new, official, PhoneSaber will be even more great than the original was!

TheMacBox will be continuing to make awesome stuff, including some great pay-for games, and some more awesome free apps.

Update: Since this post has now hit the internet, just want to clarify a few things:

  • Since it was us that removed the app, it is unlikely that Apple will pull the kill switch we’ve heard so much about recently.  And I’m pretty sure that’ll just be for actual malicious apps (NetShare, Box Office etc. have not been added to that list)
  • We’ll be talking to someone from THQ very soon, and will push for this to be a free app, maybe it could be used as a marketing tool for The Force Unleashed?
  • THQ plan to let us have access to all the library of Star Wars sounds, etc, that we could never have used before, and we’d like to make PhoneSaber the best it can be for an official app… so if you have any requests, e-mail us now.
  • We personally don’t recommend you get iSaber instead because, well… it’s just not as good really, is it?  And it’s likely to go the way of PhoneSaber soon.