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Third Star Ocean: Integrity And Faithlessness Live Stream Happens Tuesday, May 24

Square Enix is gearing up for its third Star Ocean Star Log live stream tomorrow. As part of the event, we’ll be getting a gameplay trailer and a deeper look at a couple of the characters.

Anne and Emerson, two of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness’ characters will be more fully explored during the event. We’ll also get a better look at the Kingdom of Trei’kur.

You can tune in tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific on Square Enix’s Twitch channel. The game is due out on June 28 for PlayStation 4.

 

Our Take
Star Ocean isn’t Square Enix’s highest profile release of the year, but seeing the publisher adopt a more open approach to is fantastic. While this is still the publisher controlling the message, it’s at least doing it in a way that offers viewers substance instead of only marketing-driven trailers.

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Netflix Adding Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, And Marvel Movies Through Exclusive Deal This Fall

Netflix has announced that it will become the "the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar" this fall. That means that fans of Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the countless classics from Disney and Pixar can look forward to getting more bang for their buck with their Netflix subscriptions this fall.

While the blog post doesn't detail exactly what titles are coming to the streaming service, the fact that Netflix is now the exclusive partner of Disney for this brand of streaming would lead you to believe that the roster of films will be robust. The only hint of what content subscribers might be able to look forward to could be the word "latest," which could mean more recent titles – or it could just be marketing lingo.

Either way, this September should see a healthy addition to its library of popular movies this fall. In addition, Netflix announced that films such as the Jurassic Park trilogy, The Big Short, Back to the Future, and The Fast & the Furious would be coming to the service throughout the summer months.

[Source: Netflix]

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Watch Star Trek Beyond’s Explosive And Gripping Second Trailer

While Star Trek Beyond's previous trailer had a more lighthearted tone, the upcoming film's newest trailer takes a darker and more action-packed turn.

Star Trek Beyond, from Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, and producer J.J. Abrams, is the third instalment in the rebooted film series. In this new teaser, we see the Enterprise ripped to shreds after being attacked by a slew of alien hostile ships. Captain Kirk, played by Chris Pine, and his crew are left marooned on a faraway planet. Check the video out for yourself below.

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It's been an exciting week for Star Trek fans. Just a couple days ago the first trailer surfaced for a new Star Trek show from producer Bryan Fuller, which will return the series to television by 2017.

Star Trek Beyond hits theaters July 22.

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Get To Know Poe In New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Trailer

Poe Dameron is one of the best pilots in the whole Resistance – or at least that's what everyone keeps saying in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You'll get a chance to put his skills to the test in the Lego adaptation of the film, as you can see in a new trailer for the game.

The clip shows some space combat, as well as a few lines of new dialogue recorded by actor Oscar Isaac. He's just one of the cast members who have lent their talents to the game. It's an interesting split from TT Games' past Lego titles, which have relied on pantomime, lines pulled straight from the source, or new recordings from soundalikes to tell their stories.

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming June 28.

For more information on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, visit our cover hub. It's filled with exclusive information and video interviews and features from the game's creators.

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Enormous Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Leak Reveals Characters, New Vehicles

This is your first of many warnings. There are enormous spoilers in the images in the gallery below. If you don’t want to know anything about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, turn back now.

OK, this is warning number two. Nine page spreads from the upcoming Official Visual Story Guide for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story popped up today via publisher Edelweiss. The images contain extensive character details, information on new ships, and other tidbits we’re pretty sure Disney and LucasFilm weren’t ready to reveal.

And here it is. This is your final warning. Don’t scroll down or click on the images below if you want to maintain any element of surprise. 

The images below tell us what we can expect from the Rebellion and Imperial fleets. They also name the characters and give us some back story and motivation. Note that the images are marked "not final," so some of the elements might change. We suspect that the big beats aren't likely to undergo significant alteration, though.

If you want to wait for this to hit store shelves, you can look for it on January 24, 2017. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters on December 16.

[Source: Edelweiss via Making Star Wars]

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Best Movies, Games, And New Star Wars: Episode VIII Updates

I’ve had a love affair with science fiction since my father took me to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I was three- or four-years-old at the time; far too young to watch Darth Vader choke the life out of his coworkers, and incinerate Luke Skywalker’s family. Vader initially imprinted on my young mind poorly, but the nightmares he gave me eventually led to a lifelong appreciation obsession of George Lucas’ Galaxy Far, Far Away. Star Wars gave way to science fiction becoming my favorite form of entertainment. Yes, I love it more than video games.

Thankfully there’s a lot of crossover between science fiction and video games; an inordinate amount, more than I could ever keep up with. The column you are reading (and will hopefully be returning to each week) is an exploration of all things in this sector. From the latest developments in video games to the most random factoids in Star Wars’ lore, these editorials should be crammed to capacity with a wealth of science fiction news and opinions.

This first post is a bit of a primer for what you can expect, format and all. I know many of you are probably wondering what my favorite science-fiction movie, book, game, and television show are, so let’s get all of that out of the way in this first post.

My favorite movie (science fiction or otherwise) is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Equally as thought provoking as it is exciting, no film has captured my imagination as much as this dark and brilliantly penned second chapter in the Star Wars saga. Even the rubbery Yoda still holds up surprisingly well today.

And speaking of puppets, the TV show I recommend everyone watch is Farscape, a criminally underappreciated gem that was cut way too short. Farscape takes a few episodes to get cooking, but quickly settles in with big laughs, awesome conflicts, puppets farting, spaceships getting pregnant and giving birth to baby spaceships (yes, you read that correctly), and the craziest theme song of any TV show.

My favorite science-fiction-flavored video game shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. While I have fond memories of the Wing Commanders, and Star Controls, System Shocks, Half-Lifes, Halos, Portals, Star Warses, and Dead Spaces, no interactive universe has hit me as hard as Mass Effect. Taking control of Commander Shepard’s conscience to arrange a galactic chess board across three massive games is as good as games get. Seriously. Why don’t all companies make continuations like this? And yes, I even loved Mass Effect 3’s original ending. That send off is as science fiction as science fiction gets.

When it comes to books, well, I’m going to leave my all-time favorite a mystery for now, as we’ll have plenty to discuss in the weeks ahead. You can get a small taste of what I enjoy by reading my 10 Science-Fiction Stories Reimagined As Games editorial. I also wrote a book of my own.

If my lede didn’t show my hand enough, my current obsession in life is Star Wars, and with three different films in active development (Episode VIII, Rogue One, and the untitled Han Solo movie),  rumors and news hit almost daily. The latest scuttlebutt centers on Episode VIII. Before I dive into the news, here's your obligatory SPOILER warning. Much like Daniel Craig's cameo as a helmeted First Order storm trooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Daily Express is reporting Tom Hardy has accepted a similar role to play a storm trooper in Episode VIII. Daily Express says Hardy's storm trooper recognizes Finn (who was once storm trooper FN-2187).

John Boyega, the actor playing Finn, told Variety that Episode VIII is a "different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: 'How do you get bigger than Force Awakens?' But it’s crazy." He also revealed that Rey and Finn were just friends in The Force Awakens, but it could be a central plot point in the sequel. "The romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the
next installment," Boyega says. "It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to
go."

Episode VIII filming is currently underway in Ireland. Most of the sets we've seen are scenic with green hills surrounded by the ocean. The latest development at Malin Head is no different. The Millennium Falcon is a part of this set, and fans have spied Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) getting ready for a shot. Costume details from the set reveal that Rey and Luke wear familiar garb to The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi. You can see what they supposedly look like here.

Lucasfilm announced Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm's president) are kicking off this year's Star Wars Celebration held in London’s ExCeL Centre from July 15-17 with a talk about Rogue One. If this presentation is anything like last year's for The Force Awakens, we'll likely get a second Rogue One trailer on July 15. If you want to know more about the film – such as character names and who the big bad is – check out this enormous leak that hit earlier today from a book publisher working on the Official Visual Story Guide for the film. Be warned, few leaks reveal a mountain of info like this one does.

And in other book news, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2015 Nebula Awards over the weekend. The winners include Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker, and Updraft by Fran Wilde.

That's going to do it for my first entry of Science-Fiction Weekly. Expect plenty more Star Wars talk in the weeks and months ahead, but also plenty of science-fiction game, movie, comic book, and action figure news when it hits. Next week's focus is the science-fiction comics you should be reading.

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Footage Of Alleged, Likely Canceled, Star Wars RTS Emerges

UpdateThe video has now been removed from Vimeo, but a YouTube version has popped up (see below). It might not be live for long, though.

According to Eurogamer, the game was called Star Wars: Outpost and was in development for PC and mobile devices. The publication reports that Outpost was cut along with Star Wars: 1313 in the Disney buyout.

Original Story (May 11, 2016 @ 1:31 p.m. Central) :

Footage of what appears to be a likely canceled Star Wars RTS has surfaced today. The video hits all the Lucas high notes, with X-Wings, TIE Fighters, AT-ATs, The Millennium Falcon, and even a saber-swinging Luke.

The short clip appeared on a Vimeo channel belonging to a user named Elise Baldwin. The description indicates she was the audio director on the game, which was in development for more than a year and went through a number of engine changes.

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A search for Baldwin reveals a LinkedIn account with the same name that appears to be the same person. That individual worked for EA from 2003 to 2015 and has an unannounced game on her resume that she worked on from 2014 to 2015.

No platforms are listed, and because of the nature of Vimeo accounts, we are unable to confirm that these people are one and the same. However, a number of other videos listed on the Vimeo account are connected to The Sims games listed on the LinkedIn profile.

You can see the video for yourself here. We’ve reached out to EA for comment and will update should we receive a response.

[Source: Elise Baldwin on Vimeo via NerdLeaks on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Assuming this is real, there are a lot of questions. Is this a mobile game? Which studio was working on it? Why can’t I play it? Can I please play it?

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Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim DLC Free To Try This Weekend

If you’re sitting on a copy of Star Wars Battlefront and haven’t yet purchased the Outer Rim DLC, EA is giving you the chance to check it out this weekend. The DLC maps and heroes will be free to try this weekend.

There are four maps split across Sullust and Tatooine. You’ll also have access to the Extraction mode and heroes Nien Nunb and Greedo.

You can start playing on May 13. The free trial period wraps on May 15.

For more on Star Wars Battlefront, check out our review

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Overwatch Beta Draws More Players Than Star Wars Battlefront, The Division Tests

Much to the chagrin of many a player (including some around the Game Informer office), the Overwatch open beta is over. Blizzard has shared some stats that reveal a great deal of player interest.

More than 9.7 million players over seven days took the shooter for a test drive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. That’s more than three of this generation’s big title beta tests. 

Star Wars Battlefront brought in a reported 9.5 million players over five days. The Division open beta was sampled by 6.4 million players over four days. Destiny welcomed 4.64 million players to the Tower over nine days on PlayStation and five days on Xbox.

You’ll be able to get back into the fight on May 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Our Take
Blizzard has to be feeling pretty good about those numbers. While they won’t all translate into sales, people seem to like what they’ve played. 

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