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The KOTOR Remake Is On Indefinite Hold

There is once more trouble in Star Wars land… the Knights of the Old Republic remake that has been in development for about three years, and which was officially announced about a year ago, is now on indefinite hold according to Bloomberg. Apparently the studio Aspyr Media was not happy with the current direction of the game. The art and design directors were both fired and after the firings the project was put on indefinite hold.

Aspyr is still committed to eventually releasing the game, but fans may now have to wait a long, long time for that. With how long video game development usually takes it could be 2025 and beyond before the remake is (maybe) released. Development shake-ups are nothing new in the video game world, it happens all the time, still it is unfortunate that yet another Star Wars project is in rough waters.

Another question is if and how the delay will affect Hasbro’s release schedule for Bastila Shan and Darth Malak Black Series action figures, both of which were revealed as pipeline figures a few months ago.

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A teaser for the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was released. The new game is titled Jedi: Survivor and is set a few years after Fallen Order, which makes it roughly concurrent with the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The teaser trailer does not include any gameplay whatsoever, but it sets the tone for what to expect. Fans of Fallen Order should definitely check out the teaser! The release date is tbd, we only know it’s supposed to come out sometime in 2023, but that means little in the video game industry. You can watch the teaser on YouTube by clicking on the image below! Are you excited for the Fallen Order sequel?

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New Star Wars Game Announced

Video games are big. Really big. It’s the biggest entertainment industry worldwide with sales of $160 billion in 2021, outselling the movie and music market combined by a factor of almost 2. But for years Star Wars had very little to offer for gamers, other than a few multiplayer games with loot box controversies every couple of years by EA. But after years of neglect when EA had the exclusive license to make Star Wars games, it seems that Lucasfilm is eager to play catch up and to provide fans with all the Star Wars games they could ask for. We’ve already had a couple of announcements, among them “Eclipse” from Quantic Dream (release is still a few years away), then a game by developer Respawn, the KOTOR remake, and Fallen Order II is also in the works. So the next few years will see plenty of Star Wars games already. But earlier on Tuesday it was announced that yet another Star Wars game will be developed. The game has no title, no release date, almost nothing is known, other than that it will be a “cinematic action-adventure” and that Amy Hennig will oversee development of the game. Amy Hennig was, among other things, responsible for Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2 and 3. Hennig left the company after those two games and then famously oversaw development of a single player Star Wars game codenamed “Ragtag” for EA (an open world single player Star Wars game), which was unceremoniously cancelled in 2017 because EA actually believed people hate single player games and instead wanted to focus on “games as a service”. Which is of course ludicrous and even EA have changed their minds in the meantime. Amy Hennig no longer works for EA and is with Skydance New Media now, so the new untitled Star Wars game will be released by them. It’s everyone’s guess whether or not the new untitled Star Wars game can reuse concepts from “Ragtag”. But one thing is certain, Star Wars video games will make a return to the market in the not too distant future after years of neglect. Are you looking forward to all the new games coming in the next few years?

Screenshot of Amy Hennig’s “Project Ragtag” Star Wars game

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Watch The Old Republic "Legacy of the Sith" Disorder Trailer

The all-new cinematic trailer from The Old Republic: Legacy of the Sith is now live. Click through to watch Disorder.

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The Old Republic "Legacy of the Sith" Trailer Debuts Tomorrow

Kicking off tomorrow at 11 AM Eastern is the next cinematic trailer in The Old Republic series. Tune in tomorrow for Legacy of the Sith’s Disorder trailer. We need more cinematic trailers from The Old Republic in our lives!

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Watch Some Rare Star Wars 1313 Prototype Gameplay!

Many of you will know of Star Wars 1313, the Star Wars game focusing on the Coruscant underworld and Boba Fett. The game got canceled early in development when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and only early prototype builds ever existed. You can actually check out some prototype Boba Fett gameplay on YouTube which was leaked earlier today. The short three minute clip shows Boba walking around Coruscant’s lower levels, fully rendered and textured, before we get to see a pretty standard and highly scripted chase sequence in a barebones low poly environment without textures when Boba tries to catch a bounty. Click through to watch the video!

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EA may have lost the exclusive Star Wars video game license, with other studios developing games as well now, but that does not stop EA from developing more Star Wars games. And today EA announced three new Star Wars titles. Click through for more!

New Star Wars games are coming! Source: EA

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Star Wars Eclipse Cinematic Trailer

Click through to check out the cinematic trailer for the latest Star Wars game in development: Star Wars Eclipse. Star Wars Eclipse is the newest adventure in the High Republic era, now early in development by Quantic Dream. More details at www.StarWarsEclipse.com.

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Rumor: Quantic Dream Is Developing A Star Wars Game

Quantic “Who”, you may ask. Quantic Dream is a French video game studio known for story driven games like Detroit: Become Human, Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit), Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. According to gaming website DualShockers Quantic Dream has been working on a yet unannounced Star Wars game for the past 18 months. With how long the production cycle for these kind of games is the game may not see the light of day for another two or three years.
Would you like a Star Wars game in the mold of Detroit: Become Human, i.e. in the style of an interactive movie with various elaborate set pieces? Quantic Dream games are usually not very action driven and what action there is is usually handled via quicktime events, so I wouldn’t expect lots of lightsaber duels, but a game which has a heavy focus on the narrative with various branching storylines that can result in very different outcomes. Since EA made very little with their exclusive Star Wars license it will certainly be welcome when the franchise will soon get a wide variety of games, from a KOTOR remake to a sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order and now possibly even a Star Wars game with a heavy focus on the story by Quantic Dream.

Update: According to Kotaku’s sources the Quantic Dream Star Wars game may not follow at all the mold of previous Quantic Dream games and could instead be open world and more action focused!

A pivotal scene early in Detroit: Become Human

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Fans of VR can now download the latest expansion from the Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge VR series: Last Call. Click through for the full press release.

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Knights Of The Old Republic Remake Announced!

Rumors circulated for quite a while, but now it’s official, the legendary Knights Of The Old Republic video game will get a remake. Sony announced at their Playstation showcase that Aspyr Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Lucasfilm Games are developing an extensive remake of the video game which was first released in 2003. Not many details were provided, but it was announced the game will be remade from the ground up and that it won’t just be the same old game with updated graphics, the game will also get new features, but Sony promises that the integrity of the story and characters will be mantained. This is certainly the way to go, while KOTOR was a fantastic game for its time its game mechanics are very dated and a mere graphics upgrade would certainly not be enough for a new generation of players who never played KOTOR before.
No release date was given, the game is still in early development. In my opinion a late 2023 release date would make sense, in time for the 20th anniversary of the original release. The game will be a Playstation 5 exclusive at launch, a PC version will be launched at a later date, probably a few months later, if KOTOR will have a similar release schedule like games as Days Gone or Death Stranding which were console exclusives at launch as well and launched on PC a couple of months later.
Are you excited about the KOTOR remake? Also, dear Hasbro, you now have plenty of time to release all new KOTOR figures (i.e. not lazy repaints) just in time for the video game launch!

Darth Revan will return

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The conclusion for the VR series Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge arrives this fall, and ILMxLAB has released the latest trailer and key art. Click through for the full press release, art, and trailer…

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Fans will be able to interact with one of their favorite characters from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in the second installment of the connected virtual reality story. Click through for the official announcement…

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Now that will shake things up for Star Wars gamers quite a bit! After years of exclusivity EA will lose its exclusive license! EA will continue developing Star Wars games, but Ubisoft will now develop an open world Star Wars game. So I suppose we can expect something in the vein of Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs to come to Star Wars. The new game will be developed with the help of Lucasfilm Games! Nothing else is really known about the game, but more details will certainly follow!

So, what do you think about this big news for Star Wars games? EA has a mixed track record when it comes to Star Wars games, Fallen Order received praise, but its game mechanics felt somewhat outdated and it was not an open world game, EA scrapped various open world games in the past and was unwilling to develop a huge open world game for Star Wars. Now it seems Lucasfilm finally wants a piece of the open world (single player) gaming market, a genre that is still immensenly popular despite EA’s statements from a few years ago that people no longer like these kind of games. Red Dead Redemption 2m Ghost of Tsushima or even the somewhat maligned Cyberpunk 2077, plus all the Assassin’s Creed titles etc prove that there is much demand for open world games. Of course it’s also possible, that the open world game will be an online game, i.e. without a real offline single player campaign, the exact wording Ubisoft uses is “story driven open world game”. We will have to wait for more details to emerge!

Read the official news on the Star Wars website!

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ILMxLAB Announces A New VR Short: Temple of Darkness

Set in the High Republic era, Fans will step into the role of a new Jedi Padawan in a canonical adventure with Master Yoda in this new VR Short coming to Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge. Click through for the full press release.

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New Trailer Released For Tales From Galaxy's Edge (Oculus Quest)

If you are a fan of VR be sure to check out the trailer for the upcoming VR series Star Wars: Tales from Galaxy’s Edge, officially featuring Anthony Daniels reprising his role as C-3PO. 

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Star Wars: Squadrons CG Short: Hunted

EA has released a new CG short for Star Wars Squadrons titled Hunted, much like the amazing cinematic trailers from The Old Republic. Click through to check out a solid 7 minutes of fun! Let’s hope they do more of these shorts!

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EA dropped a gameplay trailer for Star Wars Squadrons. And with that some more details about the game were released. What many may find important is the statement by EA that just like Fallen Order the game won’t have any microtransactions or things like a battle pass. So how is the game? Click through for more info!

Star Wars Squadrons Ewok Bobblehead

Ewok Bobbleheads are a thing in the game

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Star Wars: Squadrons Trailer Launch [Updated]

Check out the new trailer for the upcoming space combat game Star Wars: Squadrons, due out October 2nd.

[UPDATED] Info about retail price added

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EA Announces Star Wars Squadrons

With a trailer coming on Monday, EA teases Star Wars Squadrons. Tune in on Monday, June 15 at 11 AM Eastern to check it out!

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Coming soon: Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge, a new action-adventure virtual reality experience, announced by ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm is in development in collaboration with Oculus Studios. Click through for the full press release!

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If you’ve picked up any of the Limited Run Games retro re-releases, you’ll be excited to see two more titles launching tomorrow, and on a variety of platforms that will let you play these classic games not only on the PC, but on new systems like the Switch and PS4 too! I picked the Star Wars (NES) set a few months back, and they are packed with lots of goodies in a great book-style presentation. If you are looking for more than just a game, make sure to check them out. Click here to see all the various title formats launching tomorrow! These go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM Eastern time and usually sell out pretty fast. 

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Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Dark Forces II get limited-edition releases starting tomorrow. Get the full details on all three editions after the jump!

   

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After a few glitches and errors, the Spoiler-Free Jedi: Fallen Order Review is now up for your enjoyment! This review is EVERYTHING about the game except for the plot and story. So, if you’re on the fence, planning on playing it soon or just want to know what we think, be sure to check it out! The Spoiler-Filled review will soon follow, so come on in and share your thoughts in the comments, but keep them SPOILER FREE for this one.

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Vader Immortal: Episode III Now Available

The third installment for the Star Wars VR series Vader Immortal is now out! Click through for complete details, gallery, and holiday promotion information…

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