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EFG Podcast: Star Wars X-Wing 2.0

This week Stephen and Amanda are join by Mike Futter to chat about the 2.0 version of Star Wars X-Wing!

This podcast was produced in partnership with SuperParent.com!

Check out these awesome X-Wing Guides on SuperParent!

Star Wars X-Wing (Second Edition): A SuperParent TableTop Guide Part 1

Star Wars X-Wing (Second Edition): A SuperParent TableTop Guide Part 2

Star Wars X-Wing (Second Edition): A SuperParent TableTop Guide Part 3 

What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts! 

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The head of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Sampella, appeared briefly during the EA Play event on Saturday, June 9th to reveal a scant few details about their upcoming Star Wars game. The audience was left hungry as he did not deliver s trailer, art assets, or even a logo. The information he did share, however, should be enough to keep Star Wars superfans sated until next E3 when it is given a proper reveal.

The Title

Respawn’s next game is called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

When Will Then Be Now

He revealed the game will take place between episodes 3 and 4 of the Star Wars series. It will specifically deal with the execution of Order 66. This represents a period of time where the members of the once great Jedi Order are fleeing as they are being hunted to extinction by republic/imperial troops.

This is a span of time that has been left unexplored since Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars brand. There were a number of books and comics that discussed what happened, but Disney has stripped them from official canon. This opportunity for a divergence between what was once accepted as fact and the new lore I nerve-wracking for some longtime Star Wars fans, but it presents Respawn with some very interesting storytelling options.

A Tale of Two Games

At a very high-level Respawn has two real option with Fallen Order. They could make a game about members of the Fallen Jedi Order trying to escape. Or, they could make a game about Darth Vader hunting them down.

The first option, dealing with a member of the order itself, fees the most safe and the most likely. Many of the most powerful Jedi were killed when Order 66 was delivered. But, the Jedi Order was massive and far-reaching so it is not hard to imagine them creating a small group of Jedi that was on their way to a distant outpost or some other far out destination. Their quest for survival in the face of a massive military force and one of the most iconic villains in history could be super engaging and fun to play.

The second option, a more Vader centric game, may be less likely, but I think it might be the best option. First off, it’s not hard to imagine the marketing power of being “The Vader Game.” Money stuff side though, Darth Vader hasn’t been explored much after he dons the mask. There have been a few comic books recently that show his point of view, but I think that literally stepping into his shoes could be awesome.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is currently scheduled for release during Holiday 2019.

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General Grievous

EA doubled down on the beleaguered Star Wars: Battlefront II today during their EA Play live event. Battlefront was released last year amidst controversy over its aggressive loot box system. It fell short of sales projections, angered fans, and (worse) reportedly brought the wrath of Disney themselves down upon them.

They could have left Battlefront hanging and dedicated resources elsewhere, but they appear to be dedicated to writing the ship. They specifically mentioned the rough start that the game had during their portion of the event! They announced additional content for their game, but not before issuing a long apology in response to the backlash over the highly publicised “loot box” controversy. They didn’t directly apologize, but they acknowledged player feedback and confirmed their commitment to fixing their monetization system.

They are making significant additions to the game over the remainder of the year include a new Season of content built around Solo and the addition of characters from the Clone Wars era.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Season Out Now

Solo may not have been the box office success that Disney wanted it to be, but it is still a Star Wars movie. That all but requires an season of content for Star Wars Battlefront II.

A new update will go live on June 12th that will include that season’s content.

 

Clone Wars Heroes and Villains

They also announced future content that features planets and heroes from the Clone Wars era. The Clone Wars took place between the Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith movies.

The heroes and villains include General Grievous, the leader of the droid army, Commander Obi Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker (before his turn to the dark side of the Force). They teased maps and game content on planet Geonosis, but they didn’t give any hard details.

The Loot Box Issue


Both EA and DICE have a long way to go redeem themselves in the eyes of the gamer public. EA has had a history of using microtransactions in many of its popular games, as well as what feels like shoe-horning them into titles where none would really be appropriate. What made Star Wars Battlefront’s microtransactions so grating is that player progression was otherwise limited by requiring long hours of gameplay, and even then its microtransactions were randomized, encouraging large quantity purchases in order to get the character that the player was set on acquiring. This lessons learned from Battlefront 2 have the gamer community in a wiser place. It does appear though that EA has cut or dramatically reduced microtransactions in many of its future titles in other series, but only time will tell if EA keeps to what was learned the hard way with its future games.

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Star Wars Legion

Fantasy Flight Games has announced Star Wars: Legions, a paint and play miniatures war game at Gen Con 2017 this past weekend. It is scheduled to release during the fourth quarter in 2017 and will retail for around $80.

There are several other miniatures war games on the market like Warhammer 40K and War Machines. The lore behind those games is less than family friendly so this will mark one of the first entries to the genre that will be accessible to the whole family. I can absolutely imagine a family that has been looking for a war game to get into really diving into this one.

The game itself will come with 33 unpainted miniatures that will include Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rebel Troopers, Stormtroopers, an AT-ST, and 74-Z Speeder Bikes. It will also include all the the extra materials you need to play the game, like cards and dice, and some rudimentary terrain. There will also be expansions available after release that will increase the size of the armies and will likely allow for some great fantasy matchups.

One thing that is going to be a major difference between Star Wars: Legion and other games in the genre is that Star Wars lore is already very established. Darth Vader is a very specific and well known character. This limits the customization options for players who like to do that sort of thing with their figures. Kit-mashing and custom paint jobs won’t necessarily be common as a result. On the other hand, though, I think one could argue that the iconic characters will be just as attractive in the long run for some people.

Fantasy Flight is making aggressive use of the Star Wars License. I can’t say that I blame them considering how popular the brand is recently. This is the most recently in a slew of other games including Star Wars: Armada, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, and Star Wars: Rebellion.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, then you should make a point to check out the Star Wars: Legions mini-site on the Fantasy Flight website.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Shines at EA Play 2017

The highlight of the EA Play 2017 event was Star Wars Battlefront II. The first, new, Star Wars Battlefront was wildly successful and a sequel was inevitable. With that said, just about everyone who played the last game came away with the same critiques. There was not enough content in the game without purchasing the $50 season pass. It also lacked a single player story mode. This was particularly egregious considering how important story is to the franchise as a whole.

EA made several reveals and announcements during their show to help answer some of those concerns.

We already knew that Star Wars Battlefront II would include a single player campaign that is being written my Walt Williams and Mitch Dyer. They showed off a video that gave more story details, but left a lot to the imagination.

The biggest announcement of the night was that all of the post release content for the game would be free to everyone who owns the game. This a big departure from the sales model from the original game. They also announced that Finn and Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens will be part of the first heroes to be added to the game after launch.

Multiplayer will receive some tweaks as well. Most notably,  the game will feature class based combat for the first time. The different classes will be Assault (a standard run and gun character), the heavy trooper (slower, but with bigger guns), the specialist (uses long range weapons with scopes. Read: sniper), and the Officer (a character centered on buffing and healing the team). This class variety will be a huge help in keeping combat interesting for players who may have struggled with the last game.

EA will be revealing more information throughout the summer and holding a beta for players who preordering the game in the coming months.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II Announced! Release Date and Single Player Confirmed!

The Star Wars Celebration was held in Orlando, FL this past weekend. They made several announcements including showing off a new trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. They also showed off details about the upcoming release Star Wars: Battlefront II.

The Official Reveal Trailer

Single Player!

One of the biggest complains levied against Star Wars: Battlefront was that it was an online only experience and didn’t have any sort of a single player campaign. The series has always been about interesting characters going on wild adventures so it was definitely odd that the first major Star Wars games in years was just a series of multiplayer arenas.

All of that is being fixed in the sequel. Star Wars: Battlefront II will have a campaign that is being written by Walt Williams (Spec Ops: The Line) and Mitch Dyer (a former games journalist from IGN).  The story will mark a significant change from previous Star Wars games. This is because players will take on the role of a tie fighter pilot immediately following the events of the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Multiplayer Across All Eras

EA also announced that the multiplayer scenarios in the game will span all of the different movies. This is pretty exciting because the last Battlefront game focused almost entirely on the original trilogy. I know that most people are less than enthusiastic about the original trilogy, but there were a number of very cool environments and battles that would make great maps. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

It also sounds as though EA will be ditching the season pass strategy that they employed in the first game. This hasn’t been confirmed, but EA officials have been quoted as saying that they don’t want to  splinter their community the way that they did before. Instead, it appears that they might be following the lead of games like Overwatch that deliver all of their extra content at no additional charge.

The Release Date!

Star Wars: Battlefront II will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th, 2017.

 

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International Star Wars Day is coming up on May the fourth (Do you get it? Yeah.. you got it.) and with it come all kinds of great sales on Star Wars merchandise on online retailers. Video games are no exception. Below is a list of sales that have started on Steam, Good Old Games, PlayStation Network (PSN), and Xbox Live.

The sale prices are listed next to each game title with their sale prices in parenthesis.

Steam Sales

The sale ends May 7.

Steam has finally managed to add the X-Wing space combat games to their library. Each game in the series has been discounted by 10%.

  • X-Wing Special Edition $8.99 (9.99)
  • TIE Fighter Special Edition $8.99 (9.99)
  • X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter $8.99 (9.99)
  • X-Wing Alliance $8.99 (9.99)

Additionally, the Star Wars X-Wing Bundle includes all four games listed above for $26.99 (29.99).

Steam has a bundle called the Star Wars Collection which includes every Star Wars game on the service except the four games in the X-Wing bundle listed above. The bundle is on sale for a mere $23.00 (its original price is $99.99). There are fourteen games in the bundle and they include some absolute classics. If you or anyone in your family is a Star Wars fan, then this is a most buy at this price.

These are the games in the bundle. It is worth nothing that they are all on sale individually as well. Their individual prices are listed for reference.

  • Knights of the Old Republic $2.99 (9.99)
  • Battlefront II $2.99 (9.99)
  • Republic Commando $2.99 (9.99)
  • Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast $2.99 (9.99)
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II $1.79 (5.99)
  • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy $2.99 (9.99)
  • Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith $.89 (2.99)
  • Starfighter $1.79 (5.99)
  • The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes $5.99 ($19.99)
  • The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition $5.99 (19.99)
  • Dark Forces $1.79 (5.99)
  • Empire at War: Gold Pack $5.99 (19.99)
  • The Force Unleashed II $5.99 (19.99)
  • Knights of the Republic II $2.99 (9.99)

PlayStation Network

The sale ends May 5.

Sony is celebrating Star Wars Day by discounting several bundles of games that include PS1 Classics, newly released PS2 Classics, PSP games.

Star Wars Throwback Pack (PS3) $30.35 (45.99)

  • Bounty Hunter $7.49 (9.99)
  • Dark Forces $1.50 (5.99)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $7.49 (9.99)
  • Starfighter $7.49 (9.99)
  • Racer Revenge $7.49 (9.99)

Star Wars Mega Bundle (PSP, Vita) $39.99

  • Battlefront II $3.50 (9.99)
  • Battlefront: Renegade Squadron $3.50 (9.99)
  • Battlefront Elite Squadron PSP $7.00 (19.00)
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars PSP $7.00 (19.00)
  • The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes $3.50 (9.99)
  • The Force Unleashed PSP $3.50 (9.99)

The following games are on sale individually for those people who aren’t interested in a bundle of games.

  • The Force Unleashed II (PS3) $7.00 (19.00)
  • The Force Unleashed II Endor Bonus Missions (PS3 Add-on) $.50 (.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force (PS3, Vita) $3.50 (9.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within (PS3, Vita, PS4) $3.50 (9.99)
  • Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3, Vita, PS4) $2.30 (9.99)
  • Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within (PS3, Vita, PS4) $3.50 (9.99)
  • Angry Birds Star Wars (PS4) $15.00 (49.00)
  • Angry Birds Star Wars (PS3, Vita) $10.00 (39.00)

Xbox Live

The sale ends May 4.

Star Wars Sales on Xbox Live have all been tied into the Games With Gold promotion. It is honestly a good idea to check in there regularly because there are always good deals. The Star Wars deals, however, are as follows:

Xbox One

  • Angry Birds Star Wars $9.99 (49.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball Pack $2.49 (9.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force $4.99 (9.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within $9.99 (9.99)

Xbox 360

  • Star Wars Pinball $2.29 (9.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force $4.99 (9.99)
  • Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within $4.99 (9.99)

The following games are listed as on sale for the Xbox 360, but no information was provided about their pre-sale prices.

  • The Force Unleashed II $6.99
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga $6.99
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars $6.99
  • The Force Unleashed $6.99
  • The Force Unleashed Hoth (Add-on) $2.29
  • The Force Unleashed Tatooine (Add-on) $2.29
  • The Force Unleashed Jedi Temple Mission Pack (Add-on) $2.29

Good Old Games (GOG.com)

The sale ends May 7.

Good Old Games is debuting a lot of new Star Wars games on their service as part of the Star Wars Day festivities.

  • Star Wars: Rebel Assault I and II – (bundled) 9.99
  • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy $7.99 (9.99)
  • Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast $7.99 (9.99)
  • X-Wing Special Edition $8.99 (9.99)
  • TIE Fighter Special Edition $8.99 (9.99)

All of the other Star Wars games available on GOG are discounted as part of the celebration. They are also each included in one of two special bundles.

The Blaster Bundle includes seven games, all of which have a major focus on tactics and space combat.

The Saber Bundle includes eight games which focus more on using lightsabers, force powers, and other infantry abilities.

Blaster Bundle $38.93 (61.93)

  • X-Wing Special Edition $6.99 (9.99)
  • TIE Fighter Special Edition $6.99 (9.99)
  • X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter $6.99 (9.99)
  • X-Wing Alliance $6.99 (9.99)
  • Rebellion $2.99 (5.99)
  • Galactic Battlegrounds Saga $2.99 (5.99)
  • Rogue Squadron 3D $4.99 (9.99)

Saber Bundle $22.44 (97.90)

  • Dark Forces $1.37 (5.99)
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II $1.37 (5.99)
  • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy 2.29 (9.99)
  • Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast 2.29 (9.99)
  • Knights of the Old Republic $2.29 (9.99)
  • Empire at War: Gold Pack $4.59 (19.99)
  • Battlefront II $2.29 (9.99)
  • Republic Commando $1.37 (5.99)

 

Check back here for more sales as they are announced!

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