Posts Tagged ‘Star What?’

Star Trek: Bridge Crew no longer requires space-goggles

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

In what feels like an unusual sign of the times, the formerly VR-only Wobbling Around While The Camera Shakes simulator Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now open for all PC players of all stripes to enjoy, rather than just the silly headgear contingent.

The non-VR patch for the also adds support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets, which seem to be increasingly common these days, giving huge Trekkie nerds even more opportunities to speak Klingon at each other, despite flying a Federation ship. Nerds.

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Star Wars Battlefront II’s free December DLC revealed

"Beam me up, Scott."

We’ve already been told that Star Wars Battlefront II will hand out expansions, maps and characters for free a la Titanfall 2. But we weren’t totally clued in about what that stuff would be. Well, we are now. Sadly, there are no laser glaives, the iconic weapon beloved by fans. But there are: ships, maps, gear and a campaign expansion. Remember that on top of this two new characters will arrive – the coward and imperial whistleblower Finn, and heroic tin woman Brianne of Tarth Captain Phasma. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Visceral’s Star Wars was all sorts of troubled

When Electronic Arts announced last week they were shutting down Visceral Games and giving the studio’s in-development Star Wars game to another team, they muttered about “fundamental shifts in the marketplace” and needing “to pivot the design”. You know, they spouted a bunch of empty business speak which didn’t say much about what had gone wrong with Visceral and the game. That’s publicly-traded companies for you. However! A report on Kotaku talks to a number of former Visceral folks, painting a picture of a deeply troubled game and studio. If you were into the idea of ‘Uncharted but Star Wars’ and are curious about what happened, it’s interesting reading. Read the rest of this entry »

Go boldly: Star Wars Battlefront 2’s open beta has started

Grab your crysknife, zip up your stillsuit, and boldly go into battle as Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] has launched its weekend-long open beta test. Until Monday, all and sundry are invited to download the beta through Origin. It packs several maps and modes, with everything from spaceship battles and urban infantry combat. Multiplayer is the focus but it does have a dash of solo action in the Arcade mode – not part of the singleplayer campaign, mind. We’ve have some thoughts on the beta later but for now, here’s word that it’s out. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (the old one) online multi returns

Online multiplayer has officially returned to Star Wars: Battlefront II with the launch of a new update ripping out the Battlefield-y shooter’s dead GameSpy techguts. The update is now live for Steam and GOG versions of Battlefront II — no, EA don’t seem to have released a patch for the CD version — and the pair do support multiplayer between each other, as you would hope. Though it does all seem a bit bugged right now.

Wait. Were you thinking of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II? No, this is obviously 2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront II. I can’t believe you’ve made such a foolish and flagrant syntaxical slip-up. Did you not see the colon? You should feel ashamed of yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront’s DLC is free right now

One big mistake of Star Wars Battlefront [official site], splitting new maps and modes and whatnot off into paid DLC, will be corrected with Battlefront 2. But what about the first game (third? fifth? firth? the names in this flipping series…) and those still playing it? Good news, gang! EA are giving the DLC season pass away for free right now, letting all boldly-going Battlefronteers play the lot. The game is real cheap now too, down to £4. Make haste, as the offers might warp away at any time. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 free open beta starts October 6th

October the 6th be with you. (And also with you.) Lift up your Electronic Arts, as they’ve announced that the free multiplayer open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] will start on October 6th, letting all and spacesundry fight around several corners of the Federation until October 9th. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Trek: Bridge Crew adds voice control

Bossy captains can now order their crew about simply by shouting in Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site]. No, I know that’s how the VR spaceship-commanding game already how it works in multiplayer, but this is in singleplayer. Ubisoft have rolled in IBM Watson’s voice-recognition technology, which means AI-controlled crewmates can follow orders you holler. Voice control in games is usually a bit wonky but, having watched what happened when Pip & co. played Bridge Crew, I suspect even the worst voice control would be better shipmates than some real people. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Star Wars Battlefront Shows Off Death Star Expansion

“May July the 16th be with you,” as Star Wars fans say. This weekend saw Trekkies from across the world gather in London to celebrate the Star Wars Summer Holiday Special festival, which brought announcements aplenty. For starters, you’ll be able to swing a glowtube in cyberspace with Trials On Tatooine coming free on Vive today. Then there’s Star Wars Battlefront [official site] news. Electronic Arts showed off the Death Star expansion’s space-battling, trench-running, and Chewbacca-hgrngnnrnging action in a wee trailer, which you can see below. They also said a tiny bit about the final add-on, which draws from the upcoming spin-off movie Star Wars: Rogue One.

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Mass Effect Andromeda Now Officially Due Early 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] was officially due to launch towards the end of this year, though chatter from the moneymen made clear it’d be slipping into next. Now it’s proper-super official: BioWare have announced that the sci-fi shooter-RPG will be blasting off to a new frontier in “early 2017.” But hey, it sounds like they’ll give us a peek at it during E3 next month. Fingers crossed for a hanar crewmate, gang!

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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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