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Star Wars: Battle Pod Could Be Coming To A Living Room Near You

Bandai Namco's arcade game Star Wars: Battle Pod caught our attention when it was unveiled earlier this year. At the time, we weren't able to direct would-be pilots to where they needed to go to play it themselves. Today, we've learned that it could be as simple as looking in your house – provided you have the cash.

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The company is making the game available to consumers. Starting June 18, you can preorder your own 1,200-pound unit for the cool cost of $ 35,000. If that's not enough, Bandai Namco is also releasing special Premium Editions (below), which are themed to either the Rebel Alliance of Mr. Vader himself. For $ 100,000, you also get special carpeting (ooh!), a specially bound owner's manual (ooh!!), special leather seats (ooh!!!), and your special name on an engraved plate and in the game's credits (OOH!). Shipping and handling, unfortunately, are not included in the price.

The game features five stages based on moments from the classic trilogy, including the Hoth escape, assault on the first Death Star, Battle of Yavin, and more. Additional stages will be coming at some point in the future, in what could be the most expensive DLC of all time.

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Star Wars, Tron, And Iron Fist: Harnessing The Disney Empire

Disney has had a long and sometimes scattered history with games. While visiting Avalanche Software for our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, we sat down with the vice president of production for Disney Infinity, John Vignocchi, to learn more about Disney Interactive's approach to gaming and the shift in priorities toward Disney Infinity. Trying to channel the entire Disney empire into the most efficient content for the Disney Infinity series is a monumental task, and we wanted to talk to Vignocchi about the moving parts involved behind the scenes.

Watch the interview below to learn more about what the Star Wars purchase meant for Disney Infinity and how the team maps out the future of the series.

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Nintendo Music Remixes Inspire Awesome Zelda, Metroid, And Star Fox Posters

After listening to remixes of Nintendo music all day, an artist felt inspired to create three prints featuring Star Fox, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda. After showing them off, the artist made them available for purchase.

The prints are currently available on the artist's site, Limitee. The site also currently sells other works by this artist, including prints inspired by Attack on Titan and Evangelion. The site claims that the posters are a limited run, so it might be wise to jump on these if you really like them.

The site has previously featured prints inspired by the Legend of Zelda, Street Fighter, the Avengers, Disney, Super Smash Bros., and more. If you'd like to purchase one of the currently available prints, you can do so at the artist's storefront.

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Star Wars Meets Disney: Designing Infinity’s New Toys

Jeff Bunker never thought he would be a toy designer. As vice president of art development within Avalanche Software, the rise of Disney Infinity has forced him to become an expert on designing and manufacturing millions of figures. While visiting the studio for our cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, we spoke to Bunker about creating the series' signature style and the difficulty of reimagining the Star Wars universe through that lens.

We journey back to the early days of Disney Infinity (to a time when it might have involved magnetic swappable body parts) before breaking down the new Star Wars characters and learning which actor was the toughest to adapt. If you keep your eyes peeled, the video even shows off some new gameplay footage from Disney Infinity 3.0.

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Please watch the video below as Jeff Bunker and members of his design team take us behind the scenes on creating the Star Wars figures for Disney Infinity 3.0.

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EA Expects To Ship 9 To 10 Million Copies Of Star Wars Battlefront This Fiscal Year

EA is anticipating some huge numbers from its first licensed Star Wars game. Battlefront is due out in November, and with the release of Episode VII shortly thereafter, the publisher anticipates a lot of buzz.

On its earnings call for the recently completed fiscal year, EA said that it plans to ship 9 to 10 million copies this fiscal year. "We certainly hope we can leverage a lot of the hype," said chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen. "We're thinking about it as two bookends. One bookend is the historical Battlefront, which did roughly 9 million units. The other bookend is our first-person shooter franchise, Battlefield, which typically does around 15 million units. Our guidance we've put in there roughly 9 to 10 million units for the title, which we believe is the upside if things go well. It is Gen-4 only and PC, so that needs to be factored into people's thinking."   

For more on EA, you can read our report on the company’s year-end financials and its slate for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

 

Our Take
Licenses are powerful. The Star Wars license, especially around the release of The Force Awakens, has the ability to pull off amazing performance. EA has reason to believe that new-gen uptake is strong, especially given the statistics around Battlefield Hardline.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reimagined As A 16-Bit Game Trailer

Over the weekend, we shared a comical video of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight in the style of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! The team behind that, Noober Goober, put something special together for Star Wars Day, too.

While it’s now May the Fifth (or, Cinco de Mayo, if you’re eager for another celebration), it’s never too late to enjoy Star Wars. Noober Goober has adapted The Force Awakens trailer revealed at Star Wars Celebration with SNES-era graphics.

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For some reason, I really want to play Super Star Wars now. If you happened to miss out on Star Wars Day yesterday, be sure to check out our roundup of our favorite features from a long time ago.

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DeviantArt Celebrates Star Wars Day With Showcase Of Fan Art

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet today, you have probably already heard that today is Star Wars Day. Why today, you ask? It’s because the date seems tailor-made for fans of a galaxy far, far away (May the fourth be with you).

This year is a special one for Star Wars fans. The recent fan Celebration event in Anaheim saw the reveal of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront, more news about this December’s release of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and our first hints about what to expect from standalone Star Wars film Rogue One.

With all of that news, creative juices are flowing. DeviantArt is showcasing the works of a number of community creators.

You can check out the images below, with titles and links to the creators’ DeviantArt pages. Let us know which is your favorite. All images, including The Force Awakens – Stromtrooper by DarthTemoc above can be clicked to enlarge.


sith lord by DenisTsepelev


The Force Awakens by Dragonbaze


The Force Awakens – BB8 Sketch by Geekincognito


Star Wars the force awakens by Art-Calavera


the force awakens fan art contest by kurassus


The Force Awakens by LukeLDH

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Star Wars Battlefront Launches With 12 Multiplayer Maps

EA and DICE are sharing some new information on Star Wars Battlefront today. As we mentioned during Star Wars Celebration, one of the less familiar planets we’ll be fighting on is Sullust.

It was mentioned in Return of the Jedi, but never shown. And while this isn’t the first time we’ll be traveling there in a Star Wars game, this envisioning required a field trip to Iceland.

While Endor, Tatooine and Hoth reference photographs were easy to capture (the team visited the filming locations from the movies), Sullust was trickier. Iceland thankfully had the right combination of barren landscapes, rock formations, and the all-important lava.

EA says that Battlefront will launch with 12 multiplayer maps, and it seems like many of them will be different areas of the included planets. “The overall look and feel for Sullust is very much Imperial and under construction, playing in locations within the planet such as a lava theme, sulfur theme, Death Star-inspired theme, and lastly a mine theme,” EA writes. EA also mentions that something called Star Wars Battlefront Missions will further augment the number of locations in the game. 

For more on Star Wars Battlefront, check out our coverage from Star Wars Celebration. EA has also posted two wallpapers in different sizes of scenes from Sullust.

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Celebrate May The 4th With Our Favorite Star Wars Features

Today is May 4th, which used to be a day like any other until someone thought it would be funny to say "May the fourth be with you."  Now it's Star Wars day, on which we celebrate all things related to the iconic galaxy far, far away. We're observing the occasion by collecting some of our best Star Wars stories.

Whether you want to read about a canceled game or a tribute to the lightsaber, Star Wars fans of all sorts should find something interesting to read about in the links below.

Enjoy!

Gaming's Best And Worst Star Wars Characters

Our Favorite Star Wars Easter Eggs And References

Art From The Darth Maul Game You'll Never Get To Play

The Lightsaber – Looking Back At A Star Wars Icon In Video Games

Thirty Minutes Of Footage From Free Radical's Canceled Star Wars Battlefront III

The Story Behind Star Wars: Dark Forces

Fall Of The Empire: How Inner Turmoil Brought Down Lucasarts

LucasFilm Jettisons The Star Wars Expanded Universe

Star Wars 1313 Opens New Chapter In The Saga (With Gameplay Video) 

Where's My Sequel? – Star Wars: Republic Commando

Test Chamber – Zen Studios Star Wars Rebels Table

Replay – Star Wars: Battlefront

Replay – Star Wars: Masters Of Teras Kasi 

Star Wars Celebration 2015 News Round-Up

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Watch All Of Star Wars Rebels’ First Season Online For Free

Ahead of the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens later this year, Star Wars Rebels is one of the few new pieces of Star Wars media that is considered canon – and now you can get all caught up free of charge.

It's an important storyline in terms of the Star Wars universe, and is already appearing in video game form with mobile games and a Zen Pinball board, which you can see use play below on Test Chamber. It's also supposed to be pretty good. The show is being made available for free as part of the May the fourth Star Wars celebrations, which begins on Monday.

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You can head to StarWars.com to watch the show in full ahead of the premiere of its second season on June 20, which Andrew Reiner can't stop raving about after seeing it early at Star Wars celebration.

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