Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

EA to close Dead Space studio Visceral, in-development Star Wars game moving to Vancouver

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EA have just announced that they’ll be “ramping down and closing” Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy. Visceral have been working on an untitled Star Wars project, described as an “action-adventure”, and Amy Hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics, moved to the studio in 2014 to work on that project as senior creative director. EA’s statement regarding Visceral’s closure suggests that they’re unhappy with the status of that game and they plan to “pivot the design” to fit “fundamental shifts in the marketplace”. Full statement and thoughts below.

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“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

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Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher.

This is a highly unusual state of affairs, and has proved precarious more than once in the company’s history. But it has also provided Obsidian with a unique insight into how the world of publishing works, and how the relationship between developer and publisher has changed in the last couple of decades. This topic is especially pertinent today, as new methods of funding and distributing games have seen a significant shift in the power dynamic between developers and publishers.

I spoke to CEO Feargus Urquhart about how it all works (and doesn’t).

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 post-launch maps, modes, and characters will be free

Oh thank goodness, EA might be learning. After years of DLC packs and season passes which empty pockets and split playerbases, they are slowly (or partially, at least) turning away from that. Following the example of Titanfall 2, Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] will release new maps, modes, heroes, weapons, and vehicles free for all players. EA announced that during their E3 presentation-o-rama today, also showing off some swish action spanning all the Wars in a new trailer as well as hosting a lengthy live demo of actual gameplay. First, the fancy E3 2017 trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

May the 2nd be with us: GOG launch Star Wars sale

Update: Er, GOG say they got a bit mixed-up and over-generous with the sale. Some of the games are now more expensive. Details follow at the bottom of this post.

GOG have launched a big sale on their catalogue of DRM-free Star Wars games, with discounts of 77% on everything from X-Wing to Jedi Knight. Several of them are fantastic video games. Some are good. Others are, y’know, they’re Star Wars, which is fine if you’re into that I guess. Point your star-killing peepers this-a-way. Read the rest of this entry »

Be a baddie in Star Wars Battlefront 2

After a long stretch of mumbling and leaking, EA have formally announced Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] for a November 17th launch. The boldly-going shooter’s big addition is a singleplayer campaign, and a new trailer reveals that it focuses on a baddie whose story winds through thirty years of Star Wars history. She and her merry band of elite spacefascists have been in the cracks of the big stories, and we’ll get to see her meeting big-name characters and whatnot while blasting zapguns. Here, check out the trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak shows Rey, Darth Maul

A cheeky peek at Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] has leaked out ahead of the official fan frenzy at the Star Wars Celebration this weekend. The wee teaser trailer will surely be pulled from the datanet by prowling cyberlawyers soon but it seems to introduce a little of the singleplayer campaign, as well as showing that the game will span the heptalogy and include everyone from Darth Maul and Yoda to Rey and Kylo Ren. Point your peepers at this before the cybersuits yank it and repossess your orbs: Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Humble Bundle 3 is full of stars, wars

It’s cold outside. There’s no kind of atmosphere. You’re all alone, more or less. But Humble want to let you fly far away from here. They’ve launched another Star Wars Humble Bundle full of fun, fun fun, in the suns, suns, suns. This time, the pay-what-you-want bundle has a couple of TIE Fighter and X-Wing games, some of the finest space pew-pew sims, along with your usual assortment of Jedi Knights, Rebel Assaults, Knights of the Old Republic, and so on. That’s a lot of pew for your pennies. Read the rest of this entry »

This Death Star ride in Planet Coaster is ace

Goodness me, this new Death Star ride someone has made in Planet Coaster [official site] is jolly impressive. Or, as Star Warriors would say, “Oie boie! Disa dowopee isa bombad, all-n youse!” We’ve looked at Star Wars rides before, amongst other neat-o constructions, but this is certainly the fanciest I’ve seen. It hits warp factor 10, weaves through a battle, dives inside the starguts, and jogs down that infamous gutter. Watch a video below and hey, you can download the coaster to ride it round in own park too. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Not only did it allow you to throw your lightsaber across the room and electrocute a bunch of imbecile Stormtroopers until they fell into a big hole, it also spawned one of the most satisfying stories ever written about a videogame. Well done, Jedi Knight II. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star Expansion Gets An Explode-y New Trailer, Release Date

X-Wings activate! Or whatever it is X-Wings do! It’s time to blow up the Death Star… again! But this time it’s in a video game—Star Wars Battlefront‘s [official site] Death Star add-on to be exact. If there’s one thing Star Wars’ bad guys love, it’s creating a massive planet-sized weapon and watching it get blown up by their enemies. When will they ever learn?

The Death Star expansion is out next Tuesday to Season Pass holders, so EA has treated us to a gameplay trailer. It looks as though you’ll be able to take the battle into outer space, or light up some Storm Troopers in frantic gun fights within the Death Star itself, re-enacting the classic battle.

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Rebellion

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

This is a rare example of a ‘Have You Played’ entry about a game that I had completely forgotten about until RPS readers sent me messages saying, “haven’t you played Star Wars: Rebellion?” Yes, is the answer, but I’d entirely forgotten it until you asked.

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Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine Brings Free Lightsaber Experience To Vive

Star Wars VR lightsaber battle experiment, Trials On Tatooine, is available free of charge for Vive as of today.

We actually had a hands-on with the experience way back in the mists of early 2016 while at GDC where Adam stood in a room in the Valve demo area and marvelled at the virtual Lucasfilm-iverse. It’s not a game so much as it is a virtual experience – they call it a “cinematic virtual reality experiment”. You can read the full hands-on account here but he says things like this:

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Star Wars-O-Rama: Battlefront 2 And Beyond

Many, many Star Wars games are coming from Electronic Arts, that much we already knew. EA took to their E3 stage today to repeat that, this time showing a few behind-the-scenes peeks with concept art and mocapmen from Battlefront II, Visceral’s mysterious Star Wars game, and Respawn’s equally mysterious own long time ago ’em up. Expect Battlefront II next year and Visceral’s game in 2018. Here, have a look:

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Poe Dameron Shows Off In LEGO Star Wars Trailer

Yeah, Han! I knew you'd defeat Kylo Ren this time!

Oh! I’d entirely forgotten about LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [official site], possibly because its announcement leaked out with a pffffft. But yes, a plasticised adaptation of last year’s boldly-going megahit movie is coming on June 28th, a new trailer reminds me. It’s not the greatest trailer, unless you’re really, really into Poe Dameron (yeah, I’ve seen your fan art), but hey, I’m glad to be reminded this is coming. Click on, where no one has gone before, to see Poe in action:

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No Hope: Unannounced Star Wars RTS Trailer Leaks

We’ve got at least four Star Wars games to look forward to in the next four years, but one wonders how many more have been partially developed and discarded without anyone ever knowing. This thought is prompted by footage of an unannounced, presumably cancelled, Star Wars real-time strategy game that appeared online yesterday.

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EA’s Star Wars Plans: Battlefront II, Visceral & Respawn

Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen had several Star Wars games to discuss during an earnings call yesterday. I’m not entirely sure how an earnings call works but I imagine if you keep mentioning Star Wars games that your company is publishing at some point in the near future, everyone is happy.

“How many Star Wars will there be Mr Jorgensen, and when can we expect them?”

“Many and soon.”

Wild applause breaks out in the boardroom.

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Star Wars Battlefront Free Trial Blasts Off

I only just found out May the 4th was a special day for Star Wars: the 40th anniversary of that fateful day George Lucas was struck with inspiration for a space-hairdresser made of LEGO. Sat beneath a starfruit tree, Lucas was knocked in the noggin by a falling fruit then leapt to his feet shrieking “Death to stars!” The rest is history.

That’s why Titanfall devs Respawn announced they’re making a Star Wars game, why Alec declared some other Star Wars game was blah, and why DICE’s third-person shooter Star Wars Battlefront [official site] now has a free timed trial.

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Titanfall Devs Announce Mysterious Star Wars Game

Respawn Entertainment are making a Star Wars game with Electronic Arts, the Titanfall developers announced today. They say their Star Wars game will be “a third-person action/adventure game” and… that’s it. That’s all. That’s yer lot. Will players be a Jedi, a Naughty Jedi, or perhaps even one of those famous Star Wars morally ambiguous characters like a Ferengi? Dunno, man.

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Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire Returns

Sorry Dash Rendar, but you and your silly shoulderpads probably aren’t canon anymore. You do get one more day in the sun, though, as Shadows of the Empire, one of the few remaining Star Wars games to not yet be re-released digitally, is now out on GoG. For the longest time, SOTE had the greatest Hoth level ever made. Maybe it still does?
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Cardboard Children: Filming Star Wars Rebellion

Hello youse.

In two days time, from publication of this piece, I’ll be filming a board game segment for a BBC TV show, and as ever the question is going to be – “how do we best cover board games in video form?” Further than that, the question is going to be – “how do we do it in a 4-minute segment?” Because while board game coverage on video is common on the internet these days (some might say too common), most of these videos are long and sprawling things. But in two days, I film a piece on the upcoming Star Wars: Rebellion, and it has to be good and short.

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