A little over 24 hours after its community team scored the worst received comment in Reddit history, EA and DICE have responded to the criticism of the cash-grabbing practices in Star Wars: Battlefront II by announcing changes to the pricing of the unlockable hero characters in the game.
Gamers have been vocally opposed to the industry’s move to introduce more microtransactions and loot boxes into games, especially when they can upset the balance of a competitive multiplayer experience.
This battle between the gamers opposed to constant and unbalanced microtransactions and publishers who are putting millions in their pockets through said microtransactions has come to a head in the run up to Star Wars: Battlefront II. EA’s defense of their progression through loot box acquisitions and the advantage of paying to progress was so bad that it is the most disliked comment in the history of Reddit.
When Disney said that they plan on releasing one Star Wars movie a year for the foreseeable future, I couldn’t help but write that off as a corporate cash in on a once-loved franchise that they purchased for $4 billion. Of course, that was before JJ Abrams came in to reinvigorate Star Wars with Episode VII – The Force Awakens, a movie that was loved by critics, Star Wars fans and movie goers to the tune of $2 billion.
Hot off the heels of The Force Awakens, LucasFilm and Disney bring us back thirty-some years from The Force Awakens to just before Episode IV – A New Hope. The first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, tells the tale of how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans.
We’re just six weeks away from the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. From the time this post went up to the earliest EST showings at 7:00 PM on December 17th, that’s only 1,018 hours. It’s not like I’m counting down but I’m keeping a close eye on the ever slowing movement of my clock and calendar.
Anyway, to celebrate the six weeks remaining mark, Disney has unveiled five new character posters featuring Leia, Han, Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. All five have their right eyes covered in the posters. I wonder if that’s foreshadowing something.
So we have a new Star Wars trailer and many, many people have tickets to an early showing of The Force Awakens. Exactly a month before the earliest showings of Episode VII, the next chapter in the Star Wars video game franchise will hit shelves.
Both the announcement of J.J. Abrams as director of Episode VII and the appointment of Electronic Arts as the publisher of Star Wars games were met with excitement. While EA did cause a bit of trepidation, the appointment of DICE, BioWare and Visceral, three of EA’s top guns, to develop the games got gamers excited. First up for EA and LucasFilm is DICE with their take on Battlefront. The early results aren’t exactly awe-inspiring.
If you’re a Star Wars fan and onboard the hype train for Episode VII – The Force Awakens, today is the big day. After revealing the official poster, the folks at StarWars.com announced that the new trailer for The Force Awakens will launch during Monday Night Football tonight and tickets will go on sale today.
Fans of the Star Wars movies know that there are four colours for lightsabers. The Jedi primarily use blue and green saber blades with Mace Windy rocking a purple saber. The Sith use their trademark red. If you’re fans of the Star Wars expanded universe of novels, comics and games, you could have another seven saber blade colours, each with their own meanings.
So as we continue our march to the December premiere of The Force Awakens, here’s a handy infographic that looks at the meaning of the colour of lightsabers.
With a new trilogy of Star Wars sequels upcoming starting this December, it’s time for us to look at the prequels! Wait… What?
The folks over at HalloweenCostumes.com are probably doing a build-up to The Force Awakens so nobody panic. Other than Revenge of the Sith and the Episode One: Racer video game, I’m not sure that anybody is going to be doing too much celebrating of the prequels. That being said, they do have a fun little look at the evolution of the costume design of the big three characters from the prequel trilogy. Even if some of the dialogue, story and CGI were shaky, the movies were certainly visual tours de force.
I’ve never heard of Star Wars Celebration but it’s a semi-regular convention and fan event held by LucasFilm with the first three Celebrations coinciding with the release of the prequel movies. Naturally, they held one ahead of this December’s release of Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
The highlight of this year’s Star Wars Celebration was the release of the second trailer for The Force Awakens.
The moment that Star Wars fans have been waiting years for arrived last Friday. Since the announcement of a third Star Wars trilogy after LucasFilm’s sale to Disney in 2012, Star Wars fans have been hotly anticipating Episode VII.
Now, some thirteen months away from the film’s scheduled release, Disney is ramping up the already massive hype train for Episode VII with the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.