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Hasbro Announces Transformers ‘Prime Wars’ Trilogy Across Toys, Comics, And Video Games

According to an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, toy manufacturer Hasbro has announced that the Transformers brand will be bringing its comics, toys, and video games into a single trilogy of narratives entitled "Prime Wars." The first event in the trilogy, Combiner Wars, is currently underway in both the toy and comic universes, but no video game has been explicitly defined as a piece of the Combiner Wars arc to this point.

Following the conclusion of the Combiner Wars sometime in summer 2016, the Transformers brand will move on to Titan Returns, the second part of the Prime Wars narrative. The Titan Returns storyline is set to welcome back Sentinel Prime, a fan-favorite character, along with the massive Titans. In addition, Titan Returns will bring back robots that combine to form the heads of even bigger robots – a  nod to the classic Headmasters storyline. The third chapter of this trilogy has not yet been named, but according the the report, the trilogy is set to conclude sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.

The most recent video game release under the Transformers brand, Transformers Devastation, released on Tuesday. While the game does feature Combiners in it, the game has not been officially deemed a part of the overarching Combiner Wars arc. We've reached out to Activision for comment regarding this news and will update this story if we hear back.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]


Our Take
This move represents an attempt by the Transformers brand to unite its multiple media arms into one cohesive storyline. While it sounds like the movie universe is staying separate from comics, toys, and video games, this could be a very exciting turn of events for Transformers fans. – The Feed

PSA: The Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta Is Now Available

After a couple days of closed beta, the Star Wars Battlefront is now opening up, allowing all who have a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC to download and play. Also part of the beta experience is the Star Wars Battlefront Companion app, which allows you to earn in-game credits and unlock weapons and more in Star Wars Battlefront.

The beta test includes three modes: Drop Zone, Walker Assault, and Survival. Drop Zone is a firefight where Imperial troops and Rebels face off to capture drop pods that spawn around the map. Walker Assault is a 40-player battle where the Rebel side must take down an Imperial AT-AT before it destroys its objective. Survival is a single-player or co-op mode where players must survive waves of Imperial attackers.

The open beta is currently set to run through Monday, October 12. The companion app can be downloaded at, while the beta can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Live Marketplace, or the Origin Store, depending on your platform of choice. If you'd like to see some footage of the beta in action, you can check out our recent episode of Test Chamber with the beta. – The Feed

DICE Details Star Wars Battlefront’s Free Companion App And Mobile Base Command Game

In what is very nearly a requirement for all modern AAA games, Star Wars Battlefront is getting a free companion app.

The app is coming to iOS and Android platforms before the game launches on November 17, and a version of it will be available at during the beta. The app will let you look closer at your assorted stats, customize your loadout, connect with your team, and get news – pretty much the standard companion app.

Alongside it, also comes Base Command. It's a tactical turn-based card game that lets you earn credits for Star Wars Battlefront. Base Command will not have microtransactions, DICE is quick to point out, and you will never lose any of your cards.

For more on Star Wars Battlefront, specifically its upcoming beta, head here.

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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Kicks Off October 8

The open Star Wars Battlefront beta takes you to a galaxy far, far away in just a couple of weeks. EA has announced the dates you’ll be able to help test the game’s online services.

The beta begins on October 8 and will run through October 12. During the beta, you’ll also be able to try the companion app. 

For the testing phase, you’ll need to do this on the official website. It will include the Base Command strategic card game, which allows players to earn credits for in-game Star Cards and other Battlefront items.

For more on what you can expect from the beta, check out our previous coverage.


Our Take
I've not been particularly excited by what I've seen and played of Battlefront, but that isn't going to stop me from giving it a fair shake during the beta. It's Star Wars, after all. – The Feed

See Star Wars Episode VII’s Planet Jakku In A New 360 Degree Video Experience

Planet Jakku is one of the few Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens locations that we've gotten a good look at. The latest peek at the planet comes from a 360 degree video posted on Star Wars' Facebook page.

You can find the video here, which is a fly-through of the planet and the remains of a giant war that dropped both Rebel and Empire ships on the planet's surface. You can drag the video to look in any direction to take in all the sights.

Jakku and the battle that dropped all the debris on the planet will be part of the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront. DICE has released some art from the level, which you can see here.

With Facebook's financial stake in Oculus, and this new 360 degree video technology, you have wonder if the two will overlap at some point in the future. Maybe Oculus will allow viewing of these types of videos in the near future.

[Source: Facebook] – The Feed

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Will Be Open To All

EA has announced that anyone who wants to participate in the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be able to. The upcoming test phase on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC is set to start next month.

Included in the beta are offline and online modes with split screen and co-op included. The Walker Assault mode on Hoth is one of the featured modes, as is Drop Zone (the recently revealed capture point variant) on Sullust.

There is a survival mission on Tatooine that can be tackled solo or with a friend. This supports both online and local play.

Star Wars Battlefront will be out on November 17. For more, check out our most recent preview.

[Source: EA]


Our Take
Opening the beta up gives EA the chance to push the servers hard in order to prepare for launch. There's a lot riding on Battlefront's success and as powerful as the Star Wars license is, the Force can't make an online game fun on overloaded servers. – The Feed

Hasbro Releasing Star Wars Battlefront Black Series Action Figures

The most popular line of Star Wars action figures on the market today is Hasbro's six-inch-scale Black Series. Collector's lined up for hours on Force Friday to snag the first line of Black Series figures from the upcoming film, The Force Awakens. While most of Hasbro's upcoming products focus on this movie, we are seeing a few new figures inspired by the Rebels TV show, and video games like Knights of the Old Republic (Darth Revan) and Battlefront.

The first black series figure from Battlefront is an Imperial Shock Trooper that comes packaged with two weapons. The figure is currently available for pre-order on Order Sixty Six Toys, and is estimated to release next March. Star Wars Battlefront the video game is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17. – The Feed

Test Chamber – Star Wars: Uprising

With the Star Wars hype machine in full swing as the release of The Force Awakens creeps ever closer, a new mobile game has hit the App Store and Google Play. Star Wars: Uprising is a dungeon crawler-like game set in the Star Wars universe that draws inspiration from games like Diablo. Players can go on missions, extract as much loot as possible, and equip different items to their character. If you don't like the default blaster weapon, you can even change the style of attack your character uses.

Uprising is free-to-play, but as we find out, that doesn't always spell intrusive microtransactions and rapidly-depleting stamina bars. If you do want to spend some money, however, you are able drop a few dollars to pass by some of the grinding. Check out the episode below for more on the free-to-play model the game employs as well as how it feels in action.

Star Wars: Uprising is out now on iOS and Android devices.

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For more Test Chamber, click the banner below, or check out our hub. – The Feed

Star Wars: Uprising Mobile RPG Launches A Day Early, Available Now

Star Wars: Uprising, the mobile RPG video game meant to help bridge the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, is available a day ahead of schedule.

Initially announced for release on September 10, the game is available to download now. Uprising is free-to-play and looks a bit like Diablo with an isometric overhead perspective. You can find out more about the game here. To grab the game on iOS, head here. To grab it on Android, head here.

[Source: iTunes]


Our Take
Definitely interesting in checking this out. I always struggle controlling a character from the third-person perspective on a touch-screen, but the promise of canonical Star Wars story is head to ignore. – The Feed

Star Wars: Battlefront’s Drop Zone Mode Pits Teams Of Eight In A Race To Capture Objectives

Star Wars: Battlefront is shaping up to have all the modes you’d expect from a shooter (like the recently revealed Blast deathmatch mode). The latest to be revealed is “Drop Zone,” which pits two teams of eight against each other in a race for capture points.

Players won’t know where they’ll be needed, though. Pods fall from the sky, marking the next point of interest. Once captured, the pods slowly open delivering a power up to the team in control.

Modes move quickly, lasting no more than 10 minutes. They can be ended faster if one team manages to control five pods.

Turrets and droids are available to create some variety as players scramble to clear out enemy forces and take control of the points. No video is available of the mode yet, but Star Wars: Battlefront is due out on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

[Source: EA] – The Feed