I was late in joining the Star Wars fan club but, after watching the epic original trilogy, I fell in love with the Star Wars universe.Bioware, the Jedi-Masters of storytelling in gaming, have revealed a portion of a world that will be featured in the upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.Taris, now a post-apocalyptic swamp, was home to a large civilization that was torn asunder by the Sith Lord, Darth Malak, while he attempted to eliminate the Jedi Knight Bastila Shan. In the MMORPG, The Republic is in the process of rebuilding Taris and facilitating colonization of the planet.The Empire will, of course, be attempting to prevent the Republic achieving such a feat. “Deep in the dark swampy ruins lies the legacy of a centuries old plague, once confined to Taris’ demolished Undercity. Bands of horrific rakghouls — abominations created by Sith alchemy — ravage the planet’s surface. Each vicious attack carries the chance of transforming the victim into … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Old Republic Reveals Planet Taris
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In October 2017, EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund announced the closure of Visceral Games, and a new direction for the untitled, in-development Star Wars game led by the Legacy of Kain and Uncharted series' creative director Amy Hennig. In other words, that game has essentially been cancelled.Though Kotaku reports that assets which were already created will be the foundation for whatever ends up taking its place, we shouldn't expect this new version - which will be led by EA Vancouver - to be a single, contained story like Visceral's original plan. Soderlund wrote that EA plans to "pivot the design" in accordance with "shifts in the marketplace," which makes me think we'll get something vaguely Destiny-ish or MMO-ish; an open-world experience where you can tell your own story.Now, this new version could end up being a legitimately good game in its own right... or it could become a lootbox-infested, microtransaction-laden grindfest that isn't rewarding or fun to play. I … [Read more...] about This old Star Wars game is key to turning Visceral’s single-player Star Wars project into an open-world wonder (and it’s *not* KOTOR)
The happiest place on earth might just be getting even happier for Star Wars fans. In a post on the Disneyparks Blog, the house of mouse has revealed the concept art for the new Star Wars themed land that's being built in both the California Disneyland and Florida's Disney's Hollywood Studios. This new area will be set on a planet that has never been seen in the Star Wars galaxy but it definitely won't feel, well, alien. "Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings," says the post. "Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy". Can I just be the first to say EEEEEEEE? At a whopping 14 acres, this will be the biggest single themed land expansion ever for … [Read more...] about Ok, the Star Wars themed land at Disney looks like a dream come true
***UPDATE, APRIL 15, 1450 ET / 1950 BST: EA just confirmed that Janina Gavankar will play elite Imperial officer Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront 2. As an 'Imperial hero', you'll follow her after the events of Endor, spanning the 30 years until Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the rise of The First Order. It'll form an official part of the Star Wars story, allowing us to see the war from a different perspective.***UPDATE, APRIL 15: Actor Janina Gavankar has updated her Twitter feed to include a fan-made picture of her stood with Ewoks, which does little to quell speculation that she'll appear in Star Wars Battlefront 2. A few hours later, as if further hints were necessary, she tweeted a photo which looks uncannily like the Endor scene from the Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer that she (likely) appears in. The image includes a note to 'watch for a link' from 1430 ET which is when the Star Wars games panel begins at Star Wars Celebration. See the images after the original story … [Read more...] about Star Wars Battlefront 2’s ‘hero’ is Sleepy Hollow star Janina Gavankar… like, honestly, who knew?
Star Wars: Battlefront and Kingdom Hearts III will be among the titles shown at Disney's D23 Expo this August.Held at California's Anaheim Convention Center on August 14-16, the official Disney fan club's expo will include an on-stage presentation of the two games, as well as Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. The show will apparently feature "never-before-seen" gameplay and trailers, including an "in-depth" look at Battlefront and "special surprises" regarding Kingdom Hearts III.The trio of games will also be shown, along with more Disney titles like Frozen Free Fall and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, on the show floor, where guests will be able to get hands-on demos.It is heavily implied on the D23 website that Star Wars Battlefront will be playable, with a news post saying guests can go "hands on with Star Wars." Battlefront is not the only Star Wars game present at the show though, with mobile title Star Wars: Commander and Bandai Namco's arcade dogfighting sim Star Wars: Battle Pod also … [Read more...] about New Star Wars Battlefront and Kingdom Hearts 3 Footage to be Shown at D23 Expo