Monday, April 15, 2019

Star Wars News

Apparently there was some sort of Star Wars celebration over the weekend, as several different announcements were made.

Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker

"The Rise of Skywalker"? Seriously? Is that really the best Disney could come up with?

I hope Rey doesn't turn out to be of the Skywalker bloodline. I really liked VIII's reveal that she had no special heritage. Hopefully "Skywalker" will turn out to be a title or name she assumes. Or maybe it refers to Kylo Ren, who is a Skywalker.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Is it just me, or are the game devs making better Star Wars movies than the movie people?

Apparently, Fallen Order is a pure single-player game, with no micro-transactions. A bold move for EA, we'll see how it pans out.

The trailer feels a little reminiscent of Kyle Katarn and the Jedi Knight games. I liked those games back in the day, so hopefully this one will turn out well.

The Old Republic: Onslaught

No snazzy trailer here, but SWTOR announced that the next expansion will launch in September. The quick feature list is:
  • New Storyline
  • New Planet - Onderon
  • New Planet - Mek-Sha
  • New Flashpoint - Corellia
  • New Operation - Dxun
  • New Species - Nautolan
  • New Level Cap - 75
It feels very much like the first two expansions, Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Reven. That Bioware is going back to more normal MMO style rather than extreme story-centric Eternal Empire expansions.

They also announced that they're trying to do some interesting things with gear, including more sets and items which changes your abilities. A little like the old Glyph system in WoW. It should be interesting to see how things turn out.


  1. I'm still skeptical that EA won't simply kill a single player game because it doesn't fit their corporate strategy of "games as a service". Unless, of course, that the game will be converted to multiplayer sometime between now and release.

    1. I have a hypothesis that this behaviour is mostly related to the fact that the $60 price point hasn't moved.

      However, the Star Wars name might provide enough of a bump that it will work out in this case. As well, if Fallen Order attracts more people to Origin Access Premier, than the "game as service" has just moved one level lower.

  2. Man, that Fallen Order trailer looks like it's for an awesome movie. I think I'd rather watch that one than Ep9.