Showing posts with label Star Wars Battlefront II. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Star Wars Battlefront II. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

Rumor has it that, Electronic Arts might be on the brink of losing their privilege of making Star Wars games from now on as they are most probably losing their licensing agreement of the franchise with Disney. Back in 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and shut down LucasArts division almost immediately because they were not very interested developing Star Wars games by themselves and decided to hand over the task to some established third-party instead.

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Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

At that time, EA was their top choice for a developer and publisher company to license the Star Wars franchise for making video games. So, an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement was signed by EA on 2013 with Disney and Lucasfilm to create a number of Star Wars games for all popular platforms out there. Since then, EA has released two Star Wars titles; Star Wars Battlefront (2015) and Star Wars Battlefront II (2017).

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

Electronic Arts then acquired the developer studio of multiplayer first-person shooter games Titanfall and Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment all of a sudden for $151 million, while shutting down Visceral Games. Apparently, EA took charge of Respawn to finish working on a Star Wars title that formerly Visceral Games was developing. If the current rumor about Disney and EA splitting over is true, then the fate of that game will be quite uncertain.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

In accordance to the most current controversy EA has created by subtly forcing micro-transaction concept though in-game loot boxes in the recently released Star Wars Battlefront II has caused a great stir among the fan-base and they were repeatedly bashed at various social media for this insensitive move. Things escalated so bad with this issue that EA even lost market shares and even missed their sales target at the end of the year.

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Battlefront II Widespread Backlash

RELATED: Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

Despite EA shutting down the pay-to-win progression system for then, the damage has been done and their reputation was ruined. With worldwide fan-outrage against them, Lucasfilm isn't looking very impressed as well and they are already looking for other big-name studios to handle the licensing deal from here. Most prominent candidates among the studios are Activision and Ubisoft by far but there is still no confirmation from any parties just yet.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

Even though the exact nature of Electronic Arts' licensing agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm isn't exactly very clear but looks like EA was in an exclusive publishing agreement with them and therefore, any other third-party developer studio can develop Star Wars games for EA to publish. However, given the fact that EA do not work with other companies that they do not own or have some sort of control over, it will be difficult for a company to work on that matter.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

If things would've been different, Star Wars Battlefront II could have been the successful action shooter video game everyone hoped for it to be. Instead, it becomes such an abomination of the series that the fans held in such high standards previously. All because of Electronic Arts’ (not-so) bright idea of introducing the concept of micro-transactions through in-game loot boxes and thus, causing massive fan outrage.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

Recently, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson of Electronic Arts have revealed their most anticipated release of last year, Battlefront II have failed to meet their expected sales target in their quarterly earnings conference call. EA expected to sell at least 10 million copies within the end of December, which is the third quarter of their 2018 fiscal year but so far, they have shipped only 9 million copies of the game and therefore they are one million copies short to meet the estimated sales target.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

According to Wall Street Journal, EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen states that they require to sell 1 million to 3 million units more within the end of March, the conclusion of the fiscal year. Even if they manage to do that somehow, Battlefront II will still remain behind the previous game of the series, Star Wars Battlefront that shipped over 14 million copies within 2016 fiscal year and was more appreciated by the fans than the current installment.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

When the much-controversial micro-transaction outrage hit EA in the face before the release of the game, they have removed it almost immediately and as a result, players cannot purchase the in-game currency of "Crystals Pack" or any other loot crates anymore. The company also said that they will eventually bring it back and Jorgensen reminded us that they are bringing the in-game purchase system in a few months when they deem fit.

RELATED: Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

Needless to say that, the failing to meet sales target was largely because of the greedy attempts of EA to try and slip through the pay-to-win policy in-game. As for an AAA game developer, this move was pretty careless considering people already spending $60 for a full-priced game. At first, many have appreciated them for not including any overpriced season pass DLC but then players found out that Battlefront II has locked weapons and player upgrades after the Beta went public.

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Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Are Locked

Before the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, EA promised to include many fan-favorite and legendary Star Wars characters from all three trilogies of the series but then EA locked out classic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker behind shady paywalls, which was a major disappointment for the dedicated fan-base of Star Wars franchise. Contents based on The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi movie could have added more attraction for the consumers if they hadn't done what they did.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

Although CEO Andrew Wilson denies it completely, rumor in the air is that, this move has also cost their previous tidy relationship with Disney. Back then, things escalated so much so after a post on Reddit caused the loot crate controversy that Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger had to step up right away and make EA back out of their of pay-to-win practices at that instant.

RELATED: Emperor Palpatine Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

Currently, Star Wars Battlefront II is available worldwide to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Despite considering all the shady moves Electronic Arts tried to pull for a few extra bucks, Battlefront II is pretty enjoyable and even without access of the legendary hero characters upfront, you can still have a good time playing the game and explore the Star Wars universe in your own way.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars fans all over the world are currently having the best time of their life. Why, you may ask? Well, whenever a new Star Wars movie hits the theater, fans go crazy over it and literally have the best time of their life. So, with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Friday, December 16, we can expect a little bit of fan-boy madness but that is not all. To keep par with this Star Wars season, Electronic Arts have released an update for Star Wars Battlefront II that ties into The Last Jedi.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

The Last Jedi Season for Star Wars Battlefront II is on right now and this update has brought playable characters like Rey, Finn and Captain Phasma of The First Order for multiplayer. The in-game event lets you take side with either The First Order or the New Republic. Based on your alliance, weekly faction quests will be given to you to earn rewards like Credits and Crafting Parts for next few weeks that will significantly help you to secure victory.

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One of the two maps that come along is a planet where the Resistance and First Order fighters take part in Galactic Assault that you have seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailers. Remember those massive AT-M6 walkers kicking up red dirt from the ground? Yup, that one it is. The second one is the Resistance's base D'Qar from Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is used as a Starfighter Assault arena.

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AT-M6 March on Crait

Developers from DICE and producers of Battlefront II thought it wise to add these locations into the game as they are already taking inspiration from the film and it will only make the tie-in more relevant. The update also adds a new vehicle called Tallie's A-Wing. All of these are part of a free DLC campaign titled Resurrection. EA also states that they did a lot of bug fixes and the online stability of the game is worked on.

RELATED: Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

During this month, more events will be launched and new challenges will be thrown at you and it is not mandatory to complete the challenges before a new one comes. You have until the end of the season to get to your goal and do not have to follow any order to finish them. The update is already out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which would probably take 10 GB of your disk space depending on your gaming platform but if you are more curious to know about every single details of it then here goes the Patch Notes Released by EA.

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Galactic Assault Battle

The team at EA managed to stay true to the Star Wars universe and made it a fun game to play at the same time. So, all the current Star Wars Battlefront II players can jump into the frontline of the battle and those who came late should also get in without wasting a moment.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

Following the recent backlash from the dedicated fans over the micro-transaction system in the Star Wars Battlefront II game to unlock prominent characters of the series like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Electronic Arts experiences drop on their stock price. It was EA DICE's attempt to reboot the Star Wars Battlefront franchise with the second title of the series but enraged players worldwide has bashed them over the social media platform of Reddit for their shady practices and progression system.

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Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

RELATED: Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

Plus, one of their insensitive response regarding “pride and accomplishment” toward the issue has set the whole fan-base ablaze, leading many people cancelling their pre-orders for Battlefront II and many sending refund requests to EA. Aside from that, where millions of people were eagerly waiting to get their hands on the game are now bashing the game and its publisher for such greedy approach.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

To bring the increasingly worse situation under control as soon as possible, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger had to step up and make EA back out of their of pay-to-win practices. Lately, Disney was already having trouble with directors of their upcoming movies based on the Star Wars universe been quitting over creative differences with the studio every now and then, and having a hassle to get everything back on track.

RELATED: Emperor Palpatine Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

Plus, they have the release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi right on the horizon and the studio clearly don't want to be involved in any other controversy regarding the franchise before the film comes out. EA had no other option but to comply as Disney owns both Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars. So, they announced that they are backing out of the plan of Battlefront II‘s micro-transactions.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Features Darth Vader

However, Disney's involvement in this issue was not the only thing that shook EA to the core. Recently, the record-setting negativity over Battlefront II also grabbed the attention of Wall Street investors and EA suffers a 2.5 percent drop at their stock price by Friday, November 17. This is also the day when Star Wars Battlefront II saw its release on the market and there is no denying that it affected them.

Star Wars Battlefront II is out now and available to play for all on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since the game belongs to the Star Wars universe, it can still do well but developers need to make proper and permanent changes to the game before that. The idea of pay-to-win is sickening the video game market as big-time companies are getting more and more interested to it but the protest from the fans have showed that Battlefront II was meant for the Star Wars community, not to become another money making machine for EA.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

We are only a few days away from Electronic Arts' upcoming action shooter release of Star Wars Battlefront II on this Friday, November 17. However, instead of being awfully hyped for the game, the entire gaming community is raging over EA's sneaky attempt of promoting in-game micro-transactions for unlocking popular characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker of the franchise.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

These days, anyone would hate to pay extra for gaining access to loot boxes through micro-transactions after purchasing the full game against their money. So, when a player discovers after getting his hands on the game that Luke and Vader are unlockable characters, he urged people to cancel their pre-orders.

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Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

One of the estimate by another player shows that one should spend 40 hours of playtime on Battlefront II to unlock Luke or Vader, in exchange for credits needed to get the heroes. One of the representatives from Electronic Arts tries reaching out the community by responding as such Reddit:

"The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we're looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can."
Subtly confirming that the 40 hours of playtime estimation was right, the response on the Battlefront subreddit did not go very well as fans took their anger and frustration over EA, making it the most downvoted comment in history of Reddit with a smashing -638,669 downvotes. Basically every other person who was looking forward to the release of Star Wars Battlefront II is taking their dig at EA on Reddit after they responded with a lame excuse.

Now, there are valid reasons for people to get angry over this. First of all, people who do not want to spend anymore dollars on the game's micro-transactions will have to play the game for two days just to unlock one of their favorite characters, which can only be unlocked within two minutes if they drop some cash. So, this is actually getting locked up behind a hidden pay-wall.

Star Wars Battlefront II is expected to release this Friday, November 17 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hopefully, EA will take notes from this harsh criticism from gamers and make necessary changes to the final game before the launch for good.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

EA's upcoming first person shooter Star Wars Battlefront II is about to release within a few more days but controversies have already started to hit the fan. Battlefront II Beta went public a few weeks back, players discovered there are locked weapons and player upgrades for money in the game’s multiplayer mode, which led them to criticize Battlefront II's progression system.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

RELATED: Emperor Palpatine Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

As this wasn't enough, a player who pre-ordered the game has discovered that classic Star Wars characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker aren't unlocked at the beginning. It is no news that among all the characters from the Star Wars saga, Luke and Vader are the most popular and many of the players who pre-ordered Star Wars Battlefront II or was looking forward for this one expected to have them already unlocked as playable characters.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Trailer

Those who already played the game during the pre-release trial have calculated some estimated time period for players to unlock their favorite heroes. Since an average of multiplayer match will earn you 250-350 credits for 10-15 minutes of playing, it appears that you need to spend at least 40 hours your playtime to unlock Luke and Vader, because they require 60,000 credits each. Characters like Chewbacca and Princes Leia will cost you 40,000 credits, which is considerably less.

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Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Aren't Unlocked

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Features Darth Vader

What else you can do to skip that is to spend your money to buy virtual "Loot Boxes" that contains in-game currency to unlock your favorite hero characters. We all who thought that EA has done a great job by avoiding overpriced season pass DLC model can now see that they will actually make a huge sum by simply putting popular characters of Battlefront II behind paywalls.

Just so that you can compare the price to hour ratio, here is a Tweet that shows the calculation for you.

Naturally, this upsets a lot of people as not many of them thinks that 40 hours of gameplay to unlock a single character is worth it. This move by EA has raised many theories by the fans and some thinks that this absolutely ridiculous grind was meant to encourage the trend of micro-transaction purchases in-game. Battlefront II is currently available to play on EA Access and that means, a handful of gamers who are paying for EA’s monthly gaming service will get an advantage over other players.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Story Scene

Sadly, we cannot help but agree with this point. Because, what's the point in spending $60 full-price for one of the eagerly awaited sequel that has its main attraction locked behind walls that unlocks with more money or extensive playtime? We have to wait to see how it all turns out after its scheduled launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on this Friday.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Emperor Palpatine Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

The release date of Star Wars Battlefront II is looming over the heads of the Star Wars fans all over the world. Battlefront II is about to connect the expanded universe together and for those who have been following up the news, already knows that EA and DICE have arranged for the fans to play with the menacing Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace to Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens. Yes, the unthinkable is happening.

Most recently, the developers blew everyone's mind by introducing the most beloved villain of the saga; Darth Vader for Battlefront II. Like the powerful Sith Lord he is, his mentor and master of the Dark Side, Emperor Palpatine has joined the fight with his sinister plans in motion.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Features Darth Vader

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Emperor Palpatine Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

Since his cunningness wields unlimited raw dark power, the former Senator from Naboo will surely be displaying some of his impressive force-tricks. Palpatine has his area effect attack that is quite handy in close range attacks. Then he has his signature Force lightning abilities to shoot purple-blue bolts of energy blasts, which is his special offense move as well.

The chain lightning of The Emperor is one of the most fearsome moves as one of the bolts strike his opponent, it quickly effects another nearby and so on. Now, this can be used against a pack of enemies to shake the very foundation of their group and set them imbalanced. Also, Emperor Palpatine can summon a dark aura of Force energy that will surround his body and anyone that comes to the close range of it will receive damage firsthand and slowed down.

Below is a clip of Emperor Palpatine from Twitter showing how he rules the battlefield in Star Wars Battlefront II, just like he did to Galactic Empire.

Then he can electrocute groups of enemies, which can actually make them vulnerable for his allies to strike at them as it would have his foes in a choke-point, without any room to move. Well, he didn't just become the undisputed Sith Lord and the founder of the Galactic Empire for nothing, right?

Star Wars Battlefront II will see its worldwide release on November 17, 2017 to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Emperor Palpatine joining the battle surely adds more excitement for the fans and new gamers introduced to the franchise. Other popular characters like Boba Fett, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Yoda and more will be at the disposal of the players to take the fight to the enemies.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Trailer

The rebel players are waiting to jump into the battlefield as soon as Star Wars Battlefront II comes out. We all know that we are only a month away from the game and meanwhile, EA and DICE are enticing us with new trailers and revealing new characters that we will be able to assume the role of. Today, we are here to witness the new single player trailer that has just been dropped.

Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Trailer

Starting right after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983), Battlefront II showcases a unique viewpoint of the Galactic Empire and below is the trailer for you to watch before we go deep into it.

The trailer opens with Commander Iden Versio of the Inferno Squad bound and captive in a rebel base of operation. Now, this is a bit odd and seems out of place as most of the Star Wars typically begins with a raging battle in progress on the vastness of space but not this one. However, battle and all the action do follow her story but the narrative starts with showing her imprisoned at enemy camp.

She looks up at a drone that comes near her and frees her from the restraints the Rebels put on her. She got out of her cell and quickly made an escape while taunting the surprised Rebel soldiers during her departure. Then she joins her comrades on Endor when they all witness the destruction of the second Death Star. All these time, Emperor's sentinel droids can be heard passing the messages that Palpatine left pre-recorded for his followers.

Admiral Versio and Commander Iden Versio

Iden meets her father Admiral Versio, only to be informed about the demise of The Emperor. She asks, "What happens now?" To which Admiral Versio simply replies, "We retaliate, Commander." What follow next is some high-octane, bombastic action sequences where she charges on the soldiers of Rebel alliance to carry out the late Emperor's plans. Then there are some cinematic scenes from the in-game footage that depicts the rising tension among the imperial ranks. The trailer concludes with a subtle variant of the "Imperial March" theme.

When we hear the name of Galactic Empire, faces like Emperor Palpatine or Darth Vader generally comes to our mind. Of course, these dark Sith Lords are key-figures that represent the Empire to the galaxy but it is their dedicated troops that are taking the heat on the field. The character of Iden Versio is one such; who is no Sith Lord, nor is she Force-sensitive but the very human element of her character makes her relatable here.

Waiting to be released worldwide, Star Wars Battlefront II will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from November 17 onward.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Play Mass Effect: Andromeda and Battlefront II With EA Access

Whether you are a fan of their sports titles or first-person shooter games from the Battlefield series, you have to admit that in the video game industry, EA has their own dedicated fan-following. Aside from presenting us some amazing gaming experience over the years, one of the best thing they ever did was introducing the idea of their subscription-based gaming service that today we know as EA Access.

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Play Mass Effect: Andromeda and Battlefront II With EA Access

One of the greatest perks of having EA Access is that you can play many blockbuster titles even before they are on the market. This season, they are bringing one of the likewise title for their members, which is Star Wars Battlefront II. Also, you can get your hands on this year's release Mass Effect: Andromeda and a few more titles from October to December 2017. Let's check out the whole details of the games they are offering.

Games for EA Access and Origin Access:

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Mass Effect: Andromeda on EA and Origin Access

Mass Effect: Andromeda
Subscription for PC and Xbox One owners are about to get their access on the epic space RPG saga from BioWare with their EA and Origin Access. As Pathfinder, you will be leading your fellow explorers into the territory of Andromeda Galaxy. So, what if the title have failed to live up to the expectation of the original trilogy or fell back a little on sales, you have your chance to at least give it a try once. Right?

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Need for Speed Payback on EA and Origin Access

Need for Speed Payback
Although racing games doesn't require a story or something and especially, Need for Speed series never really needed one. However, with the twenty-third installment of the franchise, you get a plot for the single player campaign. You will take the role of a former street racer Tyler Morgan and band together with your buddies to take down a cartel that is known as The House. Your membership lets you enjoy the 10 hours ride and the game will be out on November 10.

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Star Wars Battlefront II on EA and Origin Access

Star Wars Battlefront II
We all know by now that Battlefront II is scheduled for a November 17 release but with EA and Origin Access, you can enter the battle a bit earlier. Star Wars Battlefront II brings the 40 years of legends from the entire Star Wars universe and lets you experience all three eras of prequel, classics and new trilogy at one place. Then there is the single-player story mode where you play as a loyal servant of Empire against the rebels, with Inferno Squad leader Iden Versio.

More Games for EA Access:

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Dead Space 3 on EA Access

Dead Space 3
The successful third installment of the sci-fi survival horror franchise by Visceral Games is here on EA Access. Yes, we are talking about Dead Space 3. Take down crazy cultists and legion of re-animated Necromorphs as you play as Isaac Clarke, while also looking for his girlfriend Ellie Langford. Sounds like lots of killing and fun, but trust me when I say, there are much more than that. Not just this third release of the series, the entire Dead Space trilogy is now made available on EA Access and Origin Access!

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The Sims 4 on EA Access

The Sims 4
With your EA Access subscription for Xbox One, you can play the first trial of The Sims 4 before the launch day. Unleash your creativity with this popular simulation game by creating your own Sims, make a lifestyle for them and then lead them to achieve their goals in life. Your Sims will have the story that you create for them.

No specific release details on each title are disclosed yet but they will arrive before December for sure. The monthly subscription charge for EA Access and Origin Access will be $4.99 only and $29.99 for a whole year. If you are looking for more information of the games or the subscription services, then feel free to explore EA's official site.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Features Darth Vader

Star Wars Battlefront II is supposed to draw inspiration and inter-connect all three trilogies of the Star Wars universe into the same canon. With that, we already saw Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens. All that fans were eagerly waiting for was the most beloved villain of all time; Darth Vader of the original trilogies. Fortunately, that wait is over now and the Dark Lord of the Sith will join the front-line.

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Darth Vader Joins Star Wars Battlefront II

Good old Star Wars fans are always up for some force-choke or other feats of the force that he wields at his command. We are talking about a walking-talking red- lightsaber wielding playable Darth Vader that you will lead towards the battle and needless to say that, it sounds like boundless fun.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II DLC and Pre-order Bonuses

Although many had already speculated this but EA has now confirmed officially that Darth Vader will be a playable character in Battlefront II via Twitter and it is right below for you to check out.

The video displays an epic showdown of the Sith Lord as a player controls Darth Vader in-game, he is such a destructive force of nature and takes down everything in his path with ruthless efficiency. In Battlefront II, the Sith Lord is basically able to do almost everything we saw him capable on the original trilogy of Star Wars and that includes force-chocking rebel scums and drop them into places or throwing his lightsaber at enemies as it scythes through them. This one gives him an advantage to hit enemies over distance.

Using Star Cards, players will be able to customize Vader’s abilities, no matter what configuration they choose. The ability and excellent durability that is designed for Vader in Battlefront II won't fail to impress you whether or not you are a Star Wars fan.

Star Wars Battlefront II mainly focuses on Inferno Squad leader Iden Versio in its single-player story mode, which role is portrayed by actress Janina Gavankar. She joins the battle against the rebels after the destruction of the Death Star after the battle of Endor. However, Iden Versio is not the only playable character here. Battlefront II lets you play as characters from all the Star Wars eras like Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Palpatine, Yoda and more.

Star Wars Battlefront II will keep you waiting until November 17 and then will be released worldwide to enjoy on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Single Player Story Scene

In the Star Wars universe, Emperor Palpatine was more than just a sweet-talking tyrant ruler. He is better known for his skillful manipulation and strategic mastermind against the rebel army. His rule was finally met an end at the hand of his greatest disciple Darth Vader as we saw in Return of the Jedi. However, in EA's upcoming release Star Wars Battlefront II, we are led to believe that Palpatine is somehow still around.

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The Emperor's Plan After Death

In the Official Gameplay Trailer released at E3 on June 10th, we were treated with some awesome in-game moments from Star Wars Battlefront II. Just before the ending, we received a brief glimpse of Emperor Sheev Palpatine in a red garb and couldn't help but wonder if the Sith Lord is really alive.

RELATED: Does The Emperor Return In Battlefront II?

Since the release of Battlefront II is approaching, EA is being generous and revealing more and more details about the game. In a latest released clip for the game's single-player story, The Emperor finally shows up and we finally got to know the reason of his return.

As Battlefront II is meant to establish a connection between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, we finally receive a closer look at this new avatar of Emperor Palpatine, which by the way is a drone called Sentinel. The concept of this Sentinel drone was first introduced in 2015's Shattered Empire comics by writer Greg Rucka (Superman – World of New Krypton, Wonder Woman – The Hiketeia) and artist Marco Checchetto (Daredevil, Punisher).

Like every other sinister masterminds, he has foreseen the events of his demise and created these messenger drones as contingencies to make sure that his death doesn't mean the end of the Empire. Even after his demise, Palpatine holds control over the officers of the Imperial army to exact revenge on the rebellion. Projecting Palpatine's dread visage in hologram, the messengers deliver The Emperor's order in form of pre-recorded messages.

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The Emperor's Messenger

In this clip, the messenger of The Emperor delivers a task to carry out Operation: Cinder as his revenge to his trusty Admiral Garrick Versio of the Imperial army and his daughter Iden Versio of Inferno Squad. After the message is delivered, Admiral Versio sends commander Iden to an “unusual” mission, none of which is revealed yet.

We surely can learn more in details about Iden's mission while she will be accompanied by her teammates Del and Hask when the Battlefront II multiplayer beta hits us all on October 6 but you can get your hands on the beta October 4 if you pre-order.

November 17 marks the release of Star Wars Battlefront II on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Also, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be out on December 15. So, if you are a Star Wars fan, we believe you cannot afford to miss either one of them.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II – Starfighter Assault Mode

We are still more than two months away from the release of upcoming action shooter video game of Star Wars franchise and a sequel to Star Wars Battlefront; Star Wars Battlefront II. So, while the fans are dying in expectations, EA and DICE decided to tease them even more. They have showed revealed a gameplay of the Starfighter Assault mode last weekend, showcasing key-features of the part.

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Star Wars Battlefront II – Starfighter Assault Mode

Now check out the gameplay demo for the Starfighter Assault mode of Star Wars Battlefront II, presented by designer John Stanley and producer Rob Wyle of the Criterion Games.

Now, EA and DICE has already made the game awesome in its own rights till this point. Then, UK based video game developer studio Criterion Games (Burnout, Need for Speed) decided to contribute and came up with the Starfighter Assault mode. Since they are already a veteran into racing games, that reflects in the mode's unique style when you handle your Starfighter in battle and get that arcade-like feeling.

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Imperial Defence Destroyed

Battlefront has given us the tour to places like Cloud City and other iconic locations already but now as a result of a multi-studio group effort, you will be taking the fight to the stars and beyond. The multiplayer mode of the game will be covering the entire saga of the cinematic universe till date and the main theme of Starfighter Assault will be simply based on Rebellion vs. Empire.

The set-up of the experience will be an Imperial shipyard that loops around the planet Fondor, which is mostly mentioned in tie-in novels of the saga. Whereas it has a great significance in single player campaign, you will jump into action from hyperspace as a Rebellion fighter to take down Imperial Star Destroyer in Starfighter Assault. It's an epic fan boy experience out there with all that TIE fighters, ion cannons, blazing thrusters and laser shooting around you.

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High-Octane Space Combat

If you are taking the role of a Rebel, then you've got to get inside Imperial defences, blast off the shield generators and take down the power couplings that hold the ships. Now, if you are on the side of Imperials, then all you gotta do is to seek out and finish the rebels. No matter which side you end up choosing, you have a variety of picking up your own fighters and weapons as well.

Releasing in November 17, 2017, Star Wars: Battlefront II will be available from for playing worldwide on PCPlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Heavy Trooper First Look

As Star Wars Battlefront II is about to come out in November, we are slowly building the hype within. We already are aware from the DLC and Pre-order Bonuses news that there will be four classes of troopers including Officers, Assault, Heavy and Specialists. Each type of the trooper class has their own and unique aptitudes for the battle that will help players proceed in the game. Among all these four classes, Heavy troopers are the one considered more power-packed than the others.

Star Wars Battlefront II Heavy Trooper First Look

Electronic Arts have unveiled the very first look for the Heavy class with a few details and two different version of the trooper, based on era and faction you will be playing on.

Star Wars Battlefront II – First Order Heavy

Make no mistake as each of the classes of Battlefront II is designed to be deadly in a fight. There are just variations of their skill sets that will make them stand out with their identities in the field of battle. The Heavy class is built for inflicting serious damage on the enemy with their high durability. It is true that they are not the very agile ones but they sure are packed with a lot of raw power you can count on. Meaning, they are good with heavy weapons and cover fire.

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There are two particular abilities each Heavy class troopers are equipped with:

A front-facing combat shield that will let you fire your primary weapon as you move towards your way.

A sentry mode where a blaster will keep firing with serious damage impact but it will slow down your movement.

Whatever lacking any class may have, they can make it up for that with Star Cards and boost or enhance their abilities for good. You can test out Heavy or any other three classes of the troops in Battlefront II open beta on October 6 or two days earlier if you have pre-ordered the game. Since there are three eras in Battlefront II with each having two different fractions, chances are we are about to see more looks of Heavy in the upcoming months. Star Wars Battlefront II will be released worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 17, 2017.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II: Behind The Story Trailer

The recent Disney’s D23 Expo offered a lot of Star Wars materials and footage. Lots of games were also displayed. Star Wars Battlefront II also presented a clip titled "Behind The Story" and it features some of the cool stuff we've seen so far from the game yet. During the Level Up live stream, Disney has dropped the video for public to see.

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Star Wars Battlefront II: Behind The Story

The trailer also showcases some exclusive scenes from Battlefront II‘s single-player campaign and you should check it out right now.

This behind the story trailer offers a perspective that is often missing in the other Star Wars media, which is the viewpoint of the Galactic Empire. Battlefront II is a saga that is close to The Dark Side. We get to peek into the depth of characters like Galactic Empire’s elite force Inferno Squad's leader Commander Iden Versio, her father Admiral Versio and Arrow's Paul Blackthorne’s Gideon Hask. Developers and actors involved in the game also shared their insight about working on Battlefront II. Also, is that a glimpse of Emperor Palpatine at the end of the video?

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Janina Gavankar, Voice of Commander Iden Versio

Actress Janina Gavankar (Grey's Anatomy, True Blood), who played/voiced the character of Iden Versio had this to say.

“This is the culmination of all the things that are good in the world: video games, Star Wars and a team of people that are willing to take the time to do the work.”

A very slight glimpse of gameplay is shown as well as a glance at the legendary Jedi; Luke Skywalker. In a way, the game bridges the story-gap between Return of the Jedi (1983) movie and The Force Awakens (2015). Launching in November 17, Star Wars Battlefront II will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for playing.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Janina Gavankar on Star Wars Battlefront II

It's not every day of their life, nerds and geeks like actor Janina Gavankar (Grey's Anatomy, True Blood) herself gets a chance to play a role as iconic and independent as Inferno Squad's leader Commander Iden Versio. Being a part of something as big as the Star Wars franchise is a reward itself and it is tenfold multiplied when you are chosen to portray a character that will offer the unique perspective of Galactic Empire.

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Star Wars Battlefront II with Janina Gavankar

Motive Studios’ Star Wars Battlefront II writer Mitch Dyer believes Janina was the ultimate choice for becoming Iden Versio. Not only she feels lucky to have this part, but the guys at EA are also feeling blessed to have her among them. From her initial audition for the part, she assumed that it had to be Battlefront and that's why she got more serious about the role from then. Since everyone was so secretive about the project, she had no way of knowing for sure.

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Janina Gavankar on Stage at EA Play 2017

Then, after waiting more than a week, Janina decides to take the initiative of letting them know how eagerly passionate she is about this project and wrote a mail to Mitch. In a world full of male lead characters, she wanted to push the boundaries with her portrayal of strong, complex, female lead. What she didn't know back then is that she was already been selected by the studio before she even wrote to them.

She announced the confirmation afterwards on April 16, on her Twitter account.

She was pretty skeptical and anxious about going to the EA Play press conferences as for years, she had been quite critical at them. However, at EA Play 2017, Janina Gavankar was enthusiastically talking about Battlefront II, her character and her presence on stage just stole the show for everyone.

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On Top of EA

Almost immediately after she was cast as Iden Versio, Janina heads to the headquarters of Electronic Arts’ in Redwood Shores, California. She had an amazing time with the creative team and was very appreciable to the fact that EA was pretty generous when it comes to express her opinions on the role. Mitch Dyer also collaborated with Lucasfilm’s lead writer Walt Williams to re-write the characteristic aspects of Commander Iden Versio based on Miss Gavankar.

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Janina at the World Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II

Players will have to wait till November 17, to play with her character Iden Versio on will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, who is hero of Star Wars Battlefront II’s single-player campaign mode.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Does The Emperor Return In Battlefront II?

By the time, the galaxy is ready for the events of Star Wars Battlefront II, The Emperor is already dead and the second Death Star is also destroyed in Return of the Jedi, right? Or we all hoped so. EA and DICE has already released the stunning Official Gameplay Trailer on June 10th at E3, featuring some epic gameplay footage from the game, the Inferno Squad and there was something we noticed at the end of the clip. Was that not a brief glimpse of a certain Emperor?

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How Does The Emperor Return In Battlefront II

As Battlefront II will work on the bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, there will be some tie-in to a couple of loose ends. So, the question is, how did Emperor Sheev Palpatine return in the game from his certain death? The answer is; he simply didn't.

Like a true evil mastermind, Sheev Palpatine became the first Emperor of the Galactic Empire with precise planning and a lot of manipulation. He was among the Jedi all along during his time in Naboo and no one ever could tell that he was a Sith Lord after all. Upon becoming the supreme ruler of the galaxy, he made the Contingency, a well-devised plan to ensure the reign of Galactic Empire even when he won't be around to see it. He installed his plans for selected Imperial officers and personnel and left them behind in his special sentinel droids to deliver posthumous orders on his behalf, with each of them carrying a different message.

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The Emperor's Contingency

This theory of sentinel droids is already been established in the comics Shattered Empire by writer Greg Rucka (Superman – World of New Krypton, Wonder Woman – The Hiketeia) and artist Marco Checchetto (Daredevil, Punisher). This indicates that the Star Wars franchise is actually taking inspiration from the Extended Universe that was considered abandoned, where Palpatine took precaution for his plans to succeed and cloned himself.

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Palpatine's Setinel Droids

The reason for leaving the sentinel droids behind was to make sure that no one else could rule the galaxy and Palpatine almost succeeded until the rise of The First Order. So, by the looks of things, it seems that Battlefront II may reveal some phase of Emperor’s contingency plan. However, it is still not clear that whether or not those plans are already explored in comics or are they some new, yet to be discovered part.

Star Wars Battlefront II will be released on November 17 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be out on December 15. In between the time, maybe we will learn more of Emperor’s legacy from the game.