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Star Wars Episode VIII Will Answer A Big Question

One of the biggest mysteries introduced in The Force Awakens is the identity of Rey's parents. While there is plenty of speculation about who they might be (including our theories), we still don't have a definitive answer. That's going to change with the release of Episode VIII next year.

In an interview with Vulture, actress Daisy Ridley (who plays protagonist Rey) was asked about the possibility of a particular character being Rey's father. She didn't give a firm answer one way or another, but said, "“We will see in a year. Just sit tight on that question.” 

Star Wars Episode VIII releases on December 15, 2017, so Ridley's answer implies that the next installment will put an end to the debate of this hotly debated topic.

[Source: GamesRadar via Vulture] – The Feed

Donald Glover Cast As Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian

A post over at the official Star Wars site brings some exciting movie casting news: Donald Glover, known for his recent original series Atlanta, as well as his role on Community, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming but still untitled Han Solo film. The actor will join Alden Ehrenreich in his role as a young Han Solo.

Lando’s involvement in the story is yet to be detailed, but the post does explain that we’ll see “Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.”

The Han Solo film is currently targeting a release in 2018, with directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord leading the effort.  

[Source:] – The Feed

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition Appears On Retail Site

To prime the pump for the December release of Rogue One, and to cap off a season of content, Electronic Arts appears to be readying a Star Wars Battlefront: Ultimate Edition for release this November.

Amazon has the title – which includes all the post-release content for the game – listed for a November 18 release at $ 39.99.

EA has not made an official announcement of the title.

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Our Take
It's not a surprise that the game would have an Ultimate Edition, but the price must be a shock to those who paid $ 50 for the season pass. – The Feed

Science-Fiction Weekly – Jurassic World 2, Star Citizen, Reborn, Loading Human

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated 2015's domestic box office with $ 936,662,225 earned, the highest since Avatar in 2009. We expected Star Wars to be embraced in a big way, but I think it's safe to assume few people believed Jurassic World would be a juggernaut, let alone the fourth highest grossing movie of all time with $ 652,270,625 in theater receipts. The buzz coming off of the trailers wasn't great, but like a raptor sneaking through the grass, it was the surprise blockbuster of the year.

That enormous success has led to the announcement of Jurassic World turning into a trilogy. Work on the second film is well under way with Juan Antonio Bayona taking Colin Trevorrow's place in the director's seat. We are now learning that the sequel, set to release on June 22, 2018, will be more terrifying than its predecessor. This news comes from an interview with Bayona, conducted by a Spanish publication called Noticiasrcn (and translated by Scified). "It will be darker and scarier then the previous film," Bayona said. "Obviously when you have Chris Pratt it will also be very
funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the
second step is always dark as in [Star Wars] The Empire Strikes Back or [Star Trek] The Wrath
of Khan
which are the examples you always get. We are
going to places where the saga has never been before, and at the same
time we are paying tribute to the franchise. We will take it a step
further. There
are things that will happen that people are not expecting and they
really are shocking."

That sounds pretty damn great, but I hope the series truly embraces the "world" in its title to show us what happens when dinosaurs become a threat to society. The rumors of the military using dinosaurs on the battlefield scares the life out of me, and I hope the darker tone implies more jump scares and dinosaurs hunting in populated cities than a gritty war scenario. I know the film will have to start at the theme park, at least to get the ball rolling, but enough with the vacation setting; bring it closer to home.

Star Citizen is another thing that needs to get closer, but if the news coming out of last week's CitizenCon is any indication, release plans are still nowhere close. The buzz after the Con's two-hour keynote (which you can watch in its entirety below) was a mixture of frustration and anger. Not only did Roberts Space Industries drop the bombshell that Star Citizen's single-player game, Squadron 42, would be delayed out of 2016, it wasn't even shown at the con. Star Citizen has been in development for four years, and although backers have been fed tiny morsels along the way, it would nice to see something big release. Squadron 42 needs to hit soon.

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Let's stick to the negative vibe for just one more second: Independence Day: Resurgence is out today on Blu-ray, DVD, and UHD. It's a terrible film. An abomination, really. In my review, I say that "the writing walks a fine line between cheesy and
downright awful. It even stoops to two different urination jokes, a
middle finger being flashed to invading aliens, and Brent Spiner's
old-man butt."

If you would like to see any of that stuff, by all means watch it, but just know that it doesn't hold a candle to the original film, or most science fiction that graces the silver screen.

One thing you should put on your radar (and read immediately) is Mark Millar and Greg Capullo's incredible first issue of Reborn, published by Image Comics. With HBO's Westworld and this comic in my life, I am a happy camper right now. Part of what makes Reborn fun is uncovering what is happening, so I won't go into the plot too much, but I will say it deals with death in an interesting way. Also, the art is by Capullo – you can't beat that. Don't even dwell on the art pictured below for too long; just run out and buy this book!

If you've been dying to use virtual reality to shave a beard on an alien world, you may want to take a look at Maximum Games' Loading Human, the first entry in a new episodic adventure series for PlayStation VR (and soon on Rift and Vive). Only venture into this first episode for strange interactions like this, and not for the story or an immersive VR experience. Loading Human puts you into the shoes (and fully viewable body) of Prometheus, the son of a man who is called "the most important scientist in history." We learn that Prometheus has traveled across the galaxy to find an energy source that will save his father's life. It turns out his father is trapped in a device he created to achieve immortality. The Quintessence should free him.

To make this story unfold, Prometheus must solve item and environment-based based puzzles to open doors, activate machines, and basically make the plot move forward. The PlayStation 4's Move controllers are used in interesting ways to generate free movement in each environment. Think of Prometheus like a car. Hitting the X button makes him walk in the direction you are facing, much like stepping on the gas in a car. Rather than turning your head to alter trajectory, pointing the Move controller in a desired direction and clicking a different button makes an immediate shift in direction – an act that can be incredibly jarring at times. I wanted to move my head more than the game demanded, but the controls eventually gelled with me, and I found myself freely moving about the large spaces. The game is loaded with interactive elements, and Prometheus often reflects on items that end up in his hands.

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The story, which moves at a snail's pace, is made worse by Prometheus' stiff dialogue delivery. The puzzles don't make you think much, and are more about tinkering and discovery. This is just the first of three parts, so hopefully the gameplay and story become more interesting in the next installment, but you should probably hold off until we know more. Loading Human is off to a rough start, and it didn't conclude with a revelation that makes me want to see what happens next.

The final bit of game news I have for you this week is of the highest order: Star Control is coming back! Stardock just announced a new entry today, called Star Control: Origins. As the name implies, this game is taking us back to mankind's first steps into space. You play the role of a captain aboard Earth's first deep-space starship. Sounds cool!

And that's it for this week. Before you leave, use the comments section below to let me know what you think of the news (especially the potential direction for Jurassic World 2). See you in seven days! – The Feed

Stardock Announces Star Control: Origins, Due Out Next Year

After acquiring the rights to the Star Control series back in 2013, Stardock has finally revealed a new entry in the space-faring franchise, called Star Control: Origins.

The game is set during the early stages of Earth's exploration of the galaxy. The player takes on the role of a captain of "Earth's first interstellar starship" in the year 2086, investigating a distress call from moon of Triton as part of the first mission of the newly created Star Control agency.

Players will explore procedurally generated worlds, engage with alien species, command their ship in combat, and find out more about the galaxy around them.

It's currently available for pre-order, with two editions to choose from: A $ 35 "Founders Edition" offers early access, mod tools, and a badge on the game's forums, while a $ 99 "Lifetime" edition will include access to all future downloadable content and a soundtrack. – The Feed

Thousands Of Star Wars Fans Sign Petition For ‘Old Republic’ Netflix Series

Old Republic fans have banded together to create a petition to ask Netflix for a new Star Wars original series.

The petition, which as of this writing has more than 46,000 signatures, suggests that Netflix is the ideal company to produce a series set in the Old Republic era, the setting for Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

"Why Netflix was chosen was because of the wealth of great content they have produced over the years, such as Narcos, House of Cards, and especially everything that Marvel has done and is still currently working on," the petition reads.

Netflix has not announced any plans for a new Star Wars series, but the cinematic trailer for the next expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic makes this petition's request pretty appealing.

[Source: Slashfilm] – The Feed

Star Citizen’s Squadron 42 Single-Player Campaign Drops Out Of 2016

Delays are nothing new for Star Citizen players, but fans were hopeful that they'd get to play the single-player campaign of the crowd-funded game, Squadron 42, at some point this year. That will not happen now, as the mode has been officially pushed out of 2016.

During a talk at the fourth annual CitizenCon, creator Chris Roberts broke the news that Squadron 42's first episode will not appear during 2016. "It’s really important to do it right," he said. "As much as we wanted to have Squadron 42 for this year, it is not going to be this year because, for all the polish we need to do, it still needs more time."

Roberts did not provide any indication of a new release date, saying, "Please don't hold me to dates."

Exactly one year ago today, it was revealed that Squadron 42 would feature a star-studded voice cast including Gary Oldman. According to Roberts, the mode features over 340 speaking parts over the course of the 28 chapters.

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take
At this point, it's never a surprise when this mode gets another delay, but it doesn't keep me from feeling bad for the fans who have been waiting for so long. Hopefully the next piece of news we hear is of a solid release date that Roberts and his team of developers actually hit. – The Feed

Reminder: Star Wars Returns To Retail This Friday

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16 (80 days from now), but you won't have to wait long to get to know the characters, as retailers can begin selling Rogue One toys and merchandise on September 30, a.k.a. Force Friday. Most retailers are still flush with Force Awakens collectibles, but you'll now find Rogue One toys sitting next to Rey and BB-8 on store shelves.

If you are hunting for specific toys – such as Hasbro's popular Black series – you may want to see if your retailer is opening at midnight for collectors. If history repeats itself, the Rogue One merchandise will sell out fast, but should be replenished in the months ahead. With that in mind, I would urge caution in paying extra for any figure. Holding out and waiting for them to return to retail is your best bet.

Happy hunting to all collectors! We have a feeling Jyn Erso and K-2SO are going to be the popular characters this time around. – The Feed

Replay – Star Wars: Demolition

Between the release of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, Star Wars received one of its stranger video game spin-offs, and Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, and I decided to see how it holds up.

Released in 2000, Star Wars: Demolition was developed by Luxoflux, the studio behind Vigilante 8 and later the True Crime series. It's a vehicle combat game comparable to Twisted Metal (or perhaps more appropriately, Vigilante 8) where players battle it out for Jabba The Hutt's entertainment. In the Star Wars storyline, it takes place right before Return of the Jedi, but does feature some Phantom Menace vehicles and robots. When Disney announced it would be getting rid of all the expanded universe Star Wars fiction ahead of the release of The Force Awakens, we mentioned Demolition as a game we did not mind being forgotten, and this episode of Replay does a good job explaining why.

For the second part of Replay, we take a look at a PlayStation 2 game that time has been much kinder to.

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For more episodes of Replay, check out our Replay hub, or click on the banner below to watch episodes on YouTube. – The Feed

Kabam pulls the plug on struggling Star Wars: Uprising

Kabam’s free-to-play action RPG Star Wars: Uprising has been canceled and pulled from the iOS and Android app stores.  …

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