Posts Tagged ‘games’

Battlefront II Mania

June 10, 2017

Check out video from today’s game play with Darth Maul annihilating pretty much everyone in the Theed palace:

And here’s the spectacular trailer:

Image From Battlefront II

June 7, 2017

This is from the Assault on Theed part of the game:

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Looks really nice!

Leaked Battlefront II Preview Includes PT/CW Era Stuff

April 11, 2017

It’s on this site at the bottom of the page.  Watch before it gets yanked.

Star Wars Battlefront & EA’s Weird Ideas About “Canon”

February 2, 2016

I don’t play video games so the hype over SW Battlefront didn’t register much on my radar. But I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about limiting the game’s setting to the OT era and its lack of space battles.

Last week there was a quarterly earnings call with Electronic Arts (EA) CFO Blake Jorgensen and Jorgensen apparently said that Battlefront will remain an OT-era game, so if you’re dying to shoot Cad Bane in the face or engage in a battle on Naboo under the Battlefront banner, you can forget about it. While the CFO said that EA is open to games set in other eras, he had this to say about why Battlefront is only sticking with the OT:

“You can’t make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars,” said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen during a quarterly earnings call yesterday, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. Since Battlefront is explicitly set during the era of the original trilogy, adding events from films set earlier or later than Episodes 4 through 7 would be unfaithful to the franchise, he explained.

I realize this is Polygon summarizing Seeking Alpha (where you have to register to read all of the content) but when I last checked, TFA isn’t part of the OT so I don’t know why he’d include 7 except to explain why there was an add-on to the game that allowed characters to battle away on Jakku. (I have a simpler explanation: Disney made them.) TFA characters aren’t in the add-on but still, if you can go to Jakku then why not Mustafar or Kamino or Utapau?

As some commented in the Polygon post, Battlefront jacks with canon all of the time:

“Hell, the time Boba Fett and the Emperor teamed up to kick the s*** out of Han on Hoth was my favorite part of the movies.”

“So old lady storm troopers running around with their helmets off on Hoth is canon?”

“Yeah, I totally remember watching Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett ganging up on a green lightsaber, black robed Luke during the battle of Hoth back in Empire Strikes Back.”

So yeah, I’m not buying it. It’s one thing to say you don’t want Watto to battle Admiral Piett with a lightsaber because that illogically mixes up the eras. But this makes it sound like acknowledging any elements of the prequels and Clone Wars is somehow being “unfaithful” to the franchise. If that’s true, then what’s your average episode of “Rebels” doing? My guess is EA didn’t want a game that offended older/geekier prequel haters.

Random Stuff

January 31, 2016

Funko said a few days ago on Twitter that it is going to “explore the prequel era” in its Smuggler’s Bounty boxes:

 

Here’s some cool PT art.

For those of you who collect the Timeline game, Asmodee Spain is going to release a prequel edition.

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Star Wars: Galactic Defense Developer Diary – Part 1 on Disney Video

The Star Wars: Galactic Defense game developer diary shows that they are going to use prequel era settings/characters.

And action figure collectors might want to keep an eye out for Jango Fett.

New Game Shockingly Includes All Of Star Wars

June 15, 2015

Lost in the hoopla over Battlefront 2 and other stuff at E3 was EA announcing a new mobile CCG called Galaxy of Heroes.

When we set out to make STAR WARS: GALAXY OF HEROES, we wanted to tap into the fantasy of collecting characters and starfighters and then let people enjoy the fun of playing with them creatively. We’re bringing this idea to life by allowing players to take part in battles with collections of their favorite heroes, characters, and ships from across the Star Wars™ universe. From the classic trilogy and Star Wars Rebels™ and Star Wars™: The Clone Wars™ animated TV shows, to the prequels films and beyond, we’re giving players a truly extensive Star Wars experience.

No word on when this is coming out.

First Look At Disney Infinity 3.0 Locales

June 5, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter has a peek at Coruscant and Tatooine from the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0.

It’s Official…Star Wars Joins Disney Infinity 3.0

May 5, 2015

starwars.com announced that Star Wars characters will be joining the Disney Infinity video game universe.

Each of the Star Wars Play Sets offers distinct experiences, with varied gameplay, environments, and characters. The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set takes place during the height of the Jedi’s powers, where players will use the Force and lightsabers in epic battles and master their combat skills alongside Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Maul. The Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire Play Set will take players on galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring and partaking in land-based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor. Additionally, fans will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars characters in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.

TFA characters get to join in this winter.

Upcoming Battlefront Game Has Prequel/CW Stuff

February 12, 2015

Making Star Wars.net has some rumors about the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. It is mostly OT stuff (of course) but the much-anticipated game will supposedly have some stuff from TPM and ROTS as well as Clone Wars and naturally, TFA. The game drops shortly before EpVII comes out.

LucasArts Shut Down, Layoffs At ILM

April 3, 2013

And the crap continues to roll downhill.

Today comes the news that LucasArts is being shuttered, reduced to basically a brand name, a move I’d predicted would happen. Unlike “The Clone Wars,” which was a success, LucasArts has had a turbulent past 10 years or so. It has had a revolving door of honchos and staff and it hasn’t developed a big hit game since “The Force Unleashed.” Most of the recent hit Star Wars games were developed elsewhere. There were high hopes for “1313” but that my friends, along with “Detours” and the 3D re-releases, has been dumped in the trash bin of history. It was a troubled part of Lucasfilm and it’s not shocking or surprising that Disney would give it the hook. Besides that, I recall reading a while ago on The Bearded Trio that Disney has a penchant for eliminating gaming divisions of companies it acquires.

That said, LucasArts was a valued part of the Lucasfilm and Star Wars family and for its 1990s offerings, a legend to a generation of gamers. It’s really a shame.

Thanks to LucasArts and Lucasfilm Animation being dismantled, there were ripple layoffs today as well at ILM. Hundreds of people lost their jobs just like that today. And I doubt this is the end of “restructuring” at Lucasfilm. I joked today on my FB page that I hope nobody planning to attend Celebration Europe II bought non-refundable tickets or pre-paid for hotel rooms.

Dear Disney: if you’re trying to get Star Wars fans to trust you and get hyped for new movies, you’re doing it wrong.