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E3 2017: Star Was Battlefront II

I thought it was a gutsy move to set nearly the entire trailer in the prequel era, but I have to admit Theed is looking good and the gameplay looks really fun!!

A brief glimpse of story mode showing Iden Versio and her father aboard some kind of spacedock. The action moves too fast to see what’s really going on but I do think the concept of an Imperial perspective plus the between trilogies setting is going to make for a great campaign.

More from E3 soon

The Force Awakens: Weapons and Technology (1)

I almost didn’t write this post but then my inner 15-year old reminded me of the sheer joy I felt on getting my Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, so inner-child – this one’s for you!!

EL-16 blaster rifle

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An outdated model produced by BlasTech the EL-16 remained popular among outliers and smuggler, including Han Solo. A number of New Republic surplus models, including a Heavy Field Edition rifle used by Poe Dameron were donated to the Resistance

F-11D blaster rifle

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In order to circumvent New Republic trade embargoes against the First Order BlasTech conspired with Mers Sonn to create a joint subsidiary called SonnBlas, which operates exclusively within First Order space. The F-11D is the standard weapon for all Stormtroopers and is a reliable and versatile weapon as shown by Phasma’s chromium edition which is modified for long range sniping as well as close combat use.

SE-44c blaster pistol

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The SE-44c is a standard sidearm carried by all ranked personnel from Stormtrooper leaders to General Hux himself

D93 Incinerator flamethrower

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A weapon of terror the D93 is used by specialists to flush enemy combatants out of hiding and into the crosshairs of the rest of the squad by using a piezoelectric charge to ignite a highly flammable compound.

Crossguard Lightsaber

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An ancient design, dating back to the battle of Malachor between the ancient Sith and Jedi, this lightsaber features two quillons which jut out above the user’s hand. Kylo Ren used this model to vent the energy running through his cracked kyber crystal, which otherwise might have overloaded his weapon.

Quadnoculars

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Quadnoculars are used to overlay different spectral images onto the users vision to provide greater data of the battlefield. I at first assumed this was advanced technology, but they also showed up in Rogue One so I guess they were fairly standard

Data storage unit

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Lor San Tekka kept the map to the First Jedi Temple hidden in an antique data storage unit. The data could still be interpreted by modern analytics carried within BB-8.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – new Vanity Fair images

As with the last entry in the Saga Vanity Fair have done a spread on the new movie releasing new images and teasing details in interviews with cast and crew.

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We get teased a bit of detail aboutuke and Rey, but the main bit of information released was that Luke is not alone on Ach-To. There is also an indigenous race on the planet that serve as caretakers of the Jedi Temple there.

The piece has some extremely poignant images of Carrie Fisher, both with Mark Hamill and her daughter who plays a Resistance fighter. The interview reveals that Leia will have an expanded role in this movie and that Episode IX would have moved her to front and centre the way Han was in 7 and Luke will be in 8. They have also categorically ruled out using CGI to portray Leia meaning there must be a heavily adapted story for the next installment.

The rest of the Resistance crew are looking fierce. We don’t find out much about Poe, but John Boyega revealed that Finn is wearing a Bacta Suit (presumably a more mobile version of a Bacta tank) in the trailer. Finn will go undercover with new character Rose, a Resistance technician. It was also revealed that Rose has a sister named Paige who is a gunner and is in a scene with Poe.

Next we get two images of the inhabitants of Canto Bight a city for the rich and powerful. It is also described as where Finn and Rose go ‘behind enemy lines’ so it could be in First Order territory which could be interesting, maybe all the white and black dress code is meant to evoke stormtroopers? Lucasfilm were quick to point out that the character in the back is not a Bothan, but seriously then why go to the effort of making a creature that looks almost exactly like a Bothan. That said I love the little dude in the front with Neal Scanlan – I love the complete variety you get in Star Wars.

A few more Patrons and aliens in this one too.

We got some confirmation on new characters too. Laura Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Holdo is referred to as being part of the Resistance but my guess is she’s Republic military who have now joined the Resistance. Something about this image coupled with the Casino ones gives me a very Hunger Games feel to all this but it still works and I like the idea of an opulent Republic character being forced to work with mucky Resistance fighters. I also get the feeling she and Leia will butt heads during the film.

Is it an Ezra…is it a Thrawn…no it’s erm, DJ…who technically doesn’t actually have a name. Described only as a ‘shifty character’ one of the prevailing theories is that DJ stands for Dark Jedi. It could of course mean any number of things – maybe he plays 80’s songs at weddings – but I do like the idea of a force-user who’s just out for personal gain, he could be almost a darker version of Maz.

Lastly we get our villains. Kylo Ren is discovering that ‘patricide isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ and is scarred both internally and externally.  Phasma is looking cool unmasked and with a new staff that has ‘personal significance’ for her (a tie-in comic and novel may reveal more). Hux seems the least changed and I like that.

No doubt they’ll continue to trickle information out between now and December

(obviously rights for all images belong to Vanity Fair and if you haven’t you should really check out the article and video)

Star Wars: What’s Canon? (2)

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Continuing with Uprising I’m going to try and cover the vehicles and droids introduced or re-introduced in this game. There won’t be space to cover the Legends version of all these entries so I’m going to denote a returning droid or vehicle with a (R) to identify that it first appeared in Legends sources.

Vehicles and Vessels

XP-38 Landspeeder (R)

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This model of landspeeder was common in the Anoat sector. On Tatooine Luke Skywalker struggled to sell his older X-34 landspeeder due to the popularity of this newer model.

Dynamic-class Freighter (R)

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A model of freighter in common use across the Anoat sector during the time of the Empire.

Allanar-N3 Light Freighter

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Originally an Imperial design these ship were used extensively by the Trade Spine League

Throneship

Large ornate vessels of the outcast Anoat nobility these ships were secretly outfitted with powerful armaments to combat the Star Destroyers of the Iron Blockade.

  • In Legends

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One item that has to be mentioned is the Dynamic freighter. Like the Hammerhead-cruiser seen in Rogue One this ship first appeared in Knights of the Old Republic which is set about 3000 years before the films. The Ebon Hawk was the personal vessel of the reformed Darth Revan and later his apprentice Meetra Surik who ended the Sith Wars.

Weapons

Stardrop

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A powerful ship-based torpedo. One of these was left undetonated on Hoth and used to arm the Uprising.

Droids

3NX-series Protection Droid

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A sturdy droid designed to take damage, they weren’t good sellers as they tended to complain when shot.

5M-Sec droid

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A large and well-armed droid use by the Empire to guard key sites.

Hutt Guard Droid (R)

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An old model of droid, based on their long-tailed masters these droids still guarded some Hutt holdings.

Also featured were MRK-3 assassin droids, re-programmed 3PO units named Larceny droids and UPR-17 slicing droids

 

That’ll do for this post I think. There are an absolute ton of planets in this game so I’ll cover them in another post

 

Star Wars Celebration: The Last Jedi trailer

I wanted to wait until I watched the panel before sharing my delayed reactions to what we see in this and of course weigh in with my opinion on Luke’s words!!

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We open with what looks like stars and transition to Rey. We see a lot of images of her training on Ach-To. It seems that she is maybe not following Luke’s rushed path and will actually take the time to complete her training properly.

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When Rey mentions the light we see Leia, it seems she and the Resistance have assumed or been given control of the remaining Republic military. Does this also mean she is sensing the light side of the force in Leia and that she is also one of the Last Jedi? We’ll see…

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Next she mentions the dark and we see Kylo’s smashed helmet – I kinda preferred him with it but I guess it shows him stepping out of Vader’s shadow.

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Next we see a Jedi library, rumours are the Journals of the Whills are here. I found the background reminiscent of Bendu from Rebels, wich given the reference the the Balance could be significant.

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Next we jump to these cool craft. At first I thought they were pirate-y type ships but they’ve been confirmed as Resistance craft and you can also see they’re headed towards some AT-style walkers. This planet has been confirmed as Crait, the site of a Rebel base and will be significant in the film.

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Next we see Poe and BB-8 in an emergency on a Resistance base/ship. I was worried that BB-8 didn’t feature much in this trailer, but in the panel Rian Johnson stated that his biggest advice from JJ Abrams was you can’t get enough BB-8 so I’m relieved about that!! We also see A-Wings here and later in the trailer.

It looks like we’re going to get more information on the destruction of Luke’s Jedi, which has fueled his decision to end the Order.

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I just love seeing big space battles so this was probably the highlight for me. Again I assume this is a Republic fleet now commanded by the Resistance. Rian said the that First Order are hitting the galaxy hard so my guess is this takes place near the beginning of the film, with maybe Rey sensing the turmoil in the galaxy but Luke urging her to complete her training. I like the ships, I think they evoke the style of the Nebulon-B and Hammerhead ships of the Rebellion while still looking  original. I am mentally pre-ordering the visual dictionary already!!

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We finish with Luke’s words – “it is time for the Jedi to end.”

The prevailing opinion is that Luke is dismissive of the Jedi way and will create a new balanced “Grey” order. I disagree.

My basis for this is Luke’s quest to find the origins of the Jedi and also his response to Rey – “there’s so much more.” I believe that Luke has discovered the original purpose of the Jedi Order, which has now been fulfilled and it is time to transcend and create something new. Something in those books has given Luke a new understanding of the Force which will change the way they interact with it.

I have no idea if I’m right, but either way I can’t wait to find out!!!

 

Star Wars Celebration: Rebels Season 4 trailer!!

 

You’re only posting about his now – have you been living under a rock or something?!!

No, sarcastic reader, I was in South Africa, on a game reserve with Warthogs and Hornbills wandering around as I eat breakfast…still feeling smug huh?

Anyway I’m catching up on the panels but in the meantime here’s the trailer for Rebels which was been confirmed as the final season – wonder where they’re going to go next.

The Force Awakens: Vehicles and Vessels (1)

Episode VII gave us some upgraded versions of classic craft in the opening sequence as well as a handful of new designs later on.

Resurgent-class Battlecruiser

Resurgent-class Star Destroyer

Manufacturer: Kuat-Entralla  Engineering

Length: 2,915 metres

Kylo Ren’s flagship the Finalizer is a powerful battlecruiser built in secret for the First Order. While echoing the design of the Imperial Star Destroyers it is nearly double the length and with much improved armament and shielding. The warship features a tiered design, allowing for faster deployment of fighters from launching racks, but also allowed a skilled enemy pilot to manoeuvre through the superstructure of the ship itself. It is unknown how many ships of this class exist.

Atmospheric Assault Lander

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems

Length: 18 metres

A starkly practical design, the AAL allows for the rapid deployment of troops onto the battlefield. It carries two squads of stormtroopers, which are rapidly deployed from it’s forward ramp. It carries an anti-personnel blaster to protect its troops, but relies on it’s speed and armament for protection, long enough for troops to exit before returning to safety.

Upsilon-class shuttle

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems

Height: 37 metres (with wings extended)

An imposing shuttle/transport equipped with the latest in sensor and weapons technology the Upsilon class was reserved for the most senior commanders. Kylo Ren used a ship of this class as his personal transport

T-70 X-Wing

Manufacture: Incom-FreiTek

Length: 12.5 metres

A continuation of the T-65 model used by the Rebellion, the T-70 boasted an improved split-engine design and improved weapons. The model was widely used by the New Republic until the development of the T-85 which replaced it. The resource-strapped Resistance acquired a fleet of outdated T-70s from sympathetic senators who donated the older ships to their cause including Poe’s Black One customised ship equipped with a sensor-baffling black paint-job.

  • In Legends

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The Imperial remnant largely stuck with Imperial class Star Destroyers as their power base gradually dwindled, eventually upgrading to the Imperial-III class. There were individuals who carried personalised ships, but these were largely dreadnoughts or superweapons. In the Legacy comics (set 130 years after Episode-IV) the Empire used the Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer.

I couldn’t find an analogue for the AAL, apart from maybe the Y-4 Raptor, but that only really featured in one book. Again with shuttles the Imperial Remnant largely stuck with Lambda-class shuttles. Legacy introduce the Nune-class shuttle, which also doubled as a troop transport.

In Legends the New Republic introduced a variety of fighter such as the E-Wing, but also largely stuck to X-Wing designs such as the XJ series pictured here. A model called the StealthX was released with sensor-jamming design similar to Poe’s ship – this model was used almost exclusively by Jedi. In Legacy there was a model of ship called the TwinTail that featured an X design…you can start to tell I really liked the Legacy comics!!!

Star Wars: What’s Canon? (1)

This series of posts is going to cover what has been added to the Star Wars Canon, either as brand new content or returning from Legends, in new media. I almost called this ‘Canon Updates’, but at the pace I’ll get through them that would be more than a misnomer!!

At the time of it’s release Uprising was the most exciting thing going in Star Wars media. With the EU (now Legends) all eradicated this was the first piece of post-Endor content to come out. Unfortunately the game didn’t perform too well, I found it buggy and slow and didn’t get past the first mission, and the game has since closed it’s servers. I’ve genuinely struggled to get much information on the story of this game but I’ll fill in as much as I can, please feel free to add anything I’ve missed or correct my errors.

Characters

Naturally the game had dozens of characters including the player character of ‘the Smuggler’. I’ve tried to only pick out the key players in the events of the game, all of whom are new characters.

Adelhard (Human Male)

A rare example of a Stormtrooper rising up the ranks Adelhard became military leader and governor of the Anoat Sector. Upon hearing news of the Emperor’s demise he locked down the sector forming the Iron Blockade to prevent the news getting in and used extreme measures to try and maintain order. Eventually his methods led to an organised uprising my members of the criminal underworld. An attempt was made to capture him during the liberation of Bespin, but he escaped capture.

Brahg (Human Male)

Recruited to the Stormtroopers from a life of crime Brahg excelled in combat and enjoyed inflicting misery on others. He became leader of the Purge troopers, tasked with rooting out and destroying those reporting the Emperor’s death

Shortpaw (Chadra-Fan Male)

Publicly known as a junk trader, Shortpaw was in fact leader of the Trade Spine League a union of smuggler and privateer vessels. He partnered with the gangster ‘Happy’ Dapp to find a weak point in the blockade. During the mission evidence of the Emperor’s death was uncovered and he and his organisation became targets for the Purge Troopers. Seeing that fighting back was the only option, he leant his ship to the newly formed Uprising.

Her Majesty (Nothoiin Female)

The nobility of the Anoat sector had long been deposed by the Empire, but still held considerable influence in the sector. The nameless ruler, upon hearing of the truth, pledged her forces and her Throneships to the Uprising’s cause.

Voras (Hutt Male)

Voras led the Ivax Syndicate criminal organisation, based in Cloud City. He too joined the Uprising.

Deathstick (Dathomiri Female)

The leader of the Kouhun group of elite assassins, Deathstick lived by a code of honour. The Kouhun reluctantly allied with criminals and nobles alike to overthrow the Empire hold on their system.

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The Anoat sector was under the control of Moff Rebus, a brilliant but arrogant weapons designer. He lived in a base in the sewers of Anoat City until his involvement with the Dark Trooper project led to his capture by Kyle Katarn

I think that’s enough for this post – if I’ve missed out anyone important let me know

 

Star Wars posters, box art and cast photo!!

A slew of small, but significant images have been released recently, no doubt you’ve already seen them but here’s my take on it all. 

Foreign posters for The Last Jedi(s)

The plurality of the word Jedi gave the film some ambiguity – but in the words of Raj Koothrapali “now it’s biguous, what’re you gonna do about it?!” In a way I preferred the thought of it just being about Luke but then I do want the Jedi to continue so it’s cool either way.
Force Friday box  art 

The next image that’s hot people buzzing is this year’s box art revealed on Force Friday. The image seems to have added to the Rey must be Luke’s daughter theory. To my mind this doesn’t prove anything, barring Rey’s hair these images could all come from Episode VII and the fact that she has Luke’s saber doesn’t prove anything – he has his green one so naturally she would use Anakin’s, at least until she gets her own. With the film’s title I think there’s more strength to my belief that Rey is Luke’s last surviving apprentice and he abandoned her on Jakku after the other Knights were slaughtered.

Han Solo movie cast photo 

Not as much to say about this except it’s happening!! Alden is definitely looking the part here, hoping we’ll get more of a tease at Celebration soon.