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Star Wars Battlefront Coming To The EA Access Vault

Electronic Arts has announced that Star Wars Battlefront (Death Star Expansion shown) is joining EA Access' Vault, which makes it free for those enrolled in the subscription-based program on Xbox One and PC.

In responses to the tweet, the company says the game will also be available via Origin Access on the PC.

[Source: EA Twitter]

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Raises Stakes In New Update

The ever expanding backstory for Star Wars is about to get a little bigger with the newest expansion to The Old Republic MMORPG. This latest update, Knights of the Eternal Throne, is a story driven quest centralized around a royal family fighting for their right to sovereignty.

The player doesn't take direct control of these feuding relatives. Instead they control the Outlander, a third party that can directly shape the events to favor either the light or dark side of the Force. The fight continues even after the successor has been decided, as players have to defend the throne from other usurpers.

No pricing details have been announced yet, though this update will be free for premium subscribers to the MMO. This expansion is meatier than the recent housing update, though it still doesn't feed our need for a Knights of the Old Republic sequel.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Raises Stakes In New Update

The ever expanding backstory for Star Wars is about to get a little bigger with the newest expansion to The Old Republic MMORPG. This latest update, Knights of the Eternal Throne, is a story driven quest centralized around a royal family fighting for their right to sovereignty.

The player doesn't take direct control of these feuding relatives. Instead they control the Outlander, a third party that can directly shape the events to favor either the light or dark side of the Force. The fight continues even after the successor has been decided, as players have to defend the throne from other usurpers.

No pricing details have been announced yet, though this update will be free for premium subscribers to the MMO. This expansion is meatier than the recent housing update, though it still doesn't feed our need for a Knights of the Old Republic sequel.

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BioWare’s New Horizon: Andromeda, Star Wars, And The New IP

We're nearing the end of our month of coverage on BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda. Before our hub of exclusive content covering the game, fans had a lot of questions about the next Mass Effect game and BioWare wasn't saying much. In this video interview with BioWare's general manager, Aaryn Flynn, we talk about the reasons behind the team's strategy of staying relatively quiet for years while developing Andromeda, and then branch into several other topics. If you're interested in learning more about what it's like behind the scenes of developing Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare's new IP, or Star Wars: The Old Republic, then you'll have a lot to learn from Flynn.

Watch the video below to learn what lessons BioWare took from Shadow Realms' cancellation and why their future might include more Star Wars games and embracing co-op storytelling.

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To learn even more about Mass Effect Andromeda, click on the banner below to enter our hub of exclusive content.

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Star Wars Is Getting A Free-To-Play Mobile Multiplayer Game With Force Arena

Korean developer Netmarble Games Corp. has announced a new
multiplayer mobile Star Wars game that looks like it was inspired by Clash
Royale
.

The game is planned for a global release on iOS and Android platforms. No release date has been announced outside of "coming soon", but it will be free-to-play. The game is currently accepting applications for its beta. You can sign up by heading here.

The game will feature 65 Star Wars characters and vehicles with confirmations that Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Ezra Bridger will be in the game. Players will be able to play as the Rebellion or the Empire commanding a squad in real-time multiplayer battles. It will offer 1 v. 1, 2 v. 2, as well as single player.

Those who play in the beta will receive some bonus crystals, which acts as the in-game currency. The more people sign up, the bigger the opening pot of free crystals will be.

You can check out a gallery of images from the game below which hint that you will be placing heroes on the battlefield similar to the way players do in Clash Royale.

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Star Wars: Battlefront Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Rogue One DLC And VR

DICE has revealed Star Wars: Battlefront's final digital expansion pack and its based on the upcoming film, Star Wars: Rogue One.

The DLC, titled Rogue One: Scarif, released December 6 and adds two new heroes, Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic, and four new maps, one of which is based on the tropical planet Scarif. It will alos include a new multi-stage game mode with space and ground combat. The DLC is part of the game;'s season's pass.

The Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission for PlayStation VR also releases December 6, and will be free.

For our review of Star Wars: Battlefront, head here.

[Source: Star Wars: Battlefront]

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Darth Maul To Star In New Star Wars Comic Book

Moviegoers may remember Darth Maul best as a torso, but hardcore Star Wars fans know that the warrior has many stories to tell in the larger universe. In 2017, one of those tales is coming to life in comic book form.

According to USA Today, Marvel is releasing a five-issue miniseries called Star Wars: Darth Maul, which features the character prior to his appearance in The Phantom Menace. The book is written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Luke Ross, and slated to begin in February.

To read about Darth Maul's doomed video game, read our original feature and the follow-up.

[Source: USA Today]

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Mario Party Star Rush Review – A Mad Dash

Mario Party has always been about players taking turns to roll dice and traveling across a game board, with a smattering of minigames to break up the monotony. Star Rush, the latest entry in the series, takes some big liberties with that core concept, ditching the turn-based approach of its predecessors in favor of simultaneous play. The linear board-game levels are gone, and in their place are a variety of completely open maps that scatter rewards and objectives throughout. The result is an experience that delivers a markedly different experience and shakes up the formula, for both better and worse.

Rather than focusing on one main mode with accompanying peripheral modes pushed off to the side, Star Rush presents each mode as equal, with the only distinction being how long it takes to unlock each mode. From the frantic Toad Scramble and Balloon Burst (which have four characters moving simultaneously through an open, non-linear board) to the beat-match mode Rhythm Recital, Mario Party: Star Rush presents myriad modes to play either solo or with friends.

My favorite mode is Balloon Burst, which comes closest to a traditional Mario Party experience. Though I prefer the linearity of past Mario Party games to the structure of Star Rush, I enjoyed the mad rush that occurred every time a new ally character popped up, as each one you collect rewards you with bonuses like modified dice and bonus abilities.

I was pleasantly surprised by the strange Mario Shuffle, a 1v1 mode that gives both players three cardboard cutouts and two dice. Each team rolls its dice, then decides which piece uses each roll in an effort to get to the opponent’s side of the board. The strategy of deciding which piece to apply the rolls to makes you factor in the spaces that can either send you forward or push you backwards, and that jumping an opposing piece stuns them for a turn, while landing on them sends them all the way back to start. My most thrilling moment with Star Rush came from this mode, as my opponent and I struggled to get our final pieces to the end – but with them both in the same lane, we kept impeding on each other’s progress.

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Join The Party For Free

The free Party Guest Edition (available on the eShop for
free) allows you to play with anyone who owns the full game. It doesn't work on
its own, but this solution is a nice workaround that breaks down the handheld
multiplayer barrier. Plus, any experience you gain in the free version
transfers to the full game if you buy it.

Unfortunately, the remaining modes fall short. Rhythm Recital challenges you to play along to several iconic songs spanning Mario’s three decades. I loved that I could select songs ranging from the Overworld Theme from the original Super Mario Bros. to the Super Bell Hill theme from Super Mario 3D World, but the instrument parts feel only vaguely related to the music being played. Rather than playing the actual music from the games, you’re relegated to adding small flourishes and additions to the songs as they play automatically. Coinathlon is a repetitive mess of a mode where you play the same three coin-collection minigames on repeat. Each coin you collect moves your character a space forward; the first to complete a set number of laps wins. 

Most of these modes are anchored by the minigame collection, which features a diverse array of hit-or-miss offerings. I liked minigames like one where you shoot balls of paint at a picture to try and cover more space than your opponent, and another where characters ride Wigglers around and smash into each other. For every good minigame, however, there is another I hated to see pop up. One made me blow into my 3DS’s microphone until I was blue in the face to move sailboats down a course, while another does nothing more than deliver a subpar match-three puzzle experience. Even the special boss battles, which are among the strongest minigames available, only offer a handful to cycle through.

Mario Party: Star Rush feels more like a collection of modes than a fun next step for the series. The simultaneous gameplay left me feeling less invested in the actions of my opponents, minimizing the desire to be strategic, while the minigames were more hit or miss than ever before. Though the Mario Party series has experimented with the formula more and more in recent years, Star Rush feels less like a Mario Party game than any of its predecessors.

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Watch Felicity Jones Rally Her Team In Star Wars Rogue One TV Spot

"The Empire is building a terrible weapon. I need your help."

A new TV spot teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was revealed today, putting focus on Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, forming and rallying the team to fight the Empire. You can watch the short 30 second trailer for the film below.

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Rogue One will tell the story of Jyn, who was recruited by the Rebel Alliance and attempts to steal plans of the Death Star. Alongside Felicity Jones, the movie also features Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, and more.

Rogue One releases in theaters on December 16. For more on Star Wars, read about the Scarif DLC coming to Star Wars Battlefront next month.

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EA Indicates Star Wars Battlefront Sequel Coming Next Fall

During Electronic Arts' second quarter earnings call, the company signaled that a Star Wars Battlefront sequel should hit next fall.

In the question and answer period of the call, Blake Jorgensen, EA CFO, talked about the various Star Wars titles the company has in the works. He described the timing of the next Star Wars Battlefront title as, "a year from now."

Previously, the company has said a new Battlefront title would appear in 2017, but Jorgensen's comments seem to narrow that a bit.

[Source: Electronic Arts]

 

Our Take
The analyst's question that Jorgensen replied to was about how EA would financially make up for sales from Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 next year, further implying that the next Battlefront would fall into a similar timeframe.

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