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‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ remake is indefinitely delayed

You might not get to play the PlayStation 5 remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic anytime soon: According to Bloomberg, its development has been delayed indefinitely. Sony announced that Aspyr Media, a company known for creating ports out of existing video games, was remaking BioWare’s classic Star Wars RPG last year. Aspyr had been working on the remake for three years by then and had industry veterans, as well as people who helped create the original game, onboard. Things certainly looked promising, but now the game’s future seems uncertain. 

Apparently, Aspyr finished a demo of the game to show Lucasfilm and Sony on June 30th and the developers were even excited by what they’ve achieved. A week later, however, the company fired design director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor. On his LinkedIn page, Minor’s Aspyr credit shows his end of employment as July 2022, and his profile image currently features the “#Opentowork” frame.

Aspyr reportedly held a series of meetings in July about the situation to tell employees that the demo wasn’t where they wanted it to be and that the project would be put on hold. The studio heads also told staff members that the company will be looking for new contracts and development opportunities. 

While the developer’s reasons for firing Prince and Minor and for freezing the project aren’t clear at this point, one of Bloomberg’s sources suggested that it poured a disproportionate amount of time and money into creating the demo. If that’s the case, continuing what it’s been doing for the rest of the game wouldn’t be sustainable. Bloomberg says another possible point of contention is the game’s timeline. Aspyr has been telling partners that the game would be released by the end of 2022, but 2025 would be a more realistic target.

Some Aspyr personnel now believe that Saber Interactive, which has been doing outsourced work for the project, could now take over. We reached out to the company for a response to Bloomberg’s report and will edit this post with any information it may provide. To note, company released Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II for the Nintendo Switch back in June. The game went out with a bug that prevented people from finishing it, but Aspyr rolled out a patch to fix the issue in July.

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‘Dune: Spice Wars’ early access adds multiplayer modes

Ever since we got our first look at during the , it has looked like one of the most promising videogame adaptions of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi series in a long time. If you’ve been playing the game in Steam early access, you can now look forward to fighting over Arrakis with your friends.

On Monday, developer Shiro Games the release of Spice Wars’ multiplayer update, allowing you and up to three other players to participate in 2v2 or free-for-all matches. If you can’t find enough friends or strangers to play with, the game will fill your match with computer opponents. As with the Spice Wars’ single-player component, you can tweak the difficulty of your AI foes and factors like map size, sandworm activity, and more.

Multiplayer support is the headline feature, but today’s update includes several other enhancements. Shiro has introduced additional in-game events and Landsraad resolutions that can change the course of your games. It has also added new regions to increase map diversity, and reworked building graphics, among other changes.

If you haven’t checked out Spice Wars yet, it’s currently . I’ve sunk about 30 hours into the game since it came out in early access back in April. So far, I can say Shiro has done a great job of creating an experience that feels authentic to the novels. 

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Fortnite’s next Star Wars crossover brings Boba Fett to the island

Epic Games has announced another Fortnite crossover with the Star Wars universe. This time around, the company is adding Boba Fett to the battle royale island, a new offering made to promote the Disney+ streaming service. Disney plans to new Star Wars spin-off original show The Book of Boba Fett in late December.

The Book of Boba Fett is a series for Disney+ that’ll expand the Star Wars universe, joining other originals like The Mandalorian and the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show. The new Fortnite Boba Fett crossover, which brings the character to the battle royale game, appears to be a promotion for the show’s launch.

Disney+ will premiere its The Book of Boba Fett series on December 29, while Epic’s Fortnite Boba Fett outfit will be available to players starting on December 24. Epic hasn’t provided any additional details on this planned launch, however, including how long it will be in the game’s Item Shop and how much it will cost.

This isn’t the first time the Star Wars universe has collided with Epic’s hit battle royale game, though we’re yet to get anything as big as the December 2019 – January 2020 Star Wars event. During that time, Epic made multiple Star Wars skins available in the game, as well as lightsabers and other items from the science fiction universe.

Smaller character-based crossovers have become a common sight in Fortnite, as well as other tie-in promotions for then-upcoming movies, games, TV shows, and more. Epic has added skins, buildings, and more from universes like Marvel, Stranger Things, Batman, and even subtle elements like red balloons to promote the movie IT.

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Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp delayed beyond 2021

Revealed earlier this year, Advance Wars: 1+2: Re-Boot Camp – a remake of the first two Advance Wars games for Nintendo Switch – caught a lot of Switch owners by surprise. Even more surprising was the game’s release date of December 3rd, 2021. Unfortunately, Nintendo announced today that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has been delayed, citing the need for additional polish.

In a tweet published to the official Nintendo of America Twitter account today, Nintendo confirmed that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will now be launching at some point in spring 2022. Sadly, we don’t have a new release date for the compilation yet, suggesting that Nintendo isn’t quite sure how much more time it needs for finishing touches.

“Hello, troops! #AdvanceWars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was set to launch on 12/3, will now release for #NintendoSwitch in spring 2022,” today’s tweet reads. “The game just needs a little more time for fine tuning. You’ll be battling with Andy & friends soon! Thanks for your patience.”

While any delay is a bummer, it isn’t as if Advance Wars fans aren’t used to waiting. Before the announcement of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, the last time we heard from the Advance Wars series was way back in 2008 with Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for the Nintendo DS.

So, when Advance Wars fans have already been waiting 13 years for a new entry in the series, waiting a few more months isn’t huge in the grand scheme of things. On the other thing of that coin, this delay might sting a little more than some given the long wait since the Days of Ruin. In any case, we’ll let you know when Nintendo confirms a new release date for Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, so stay tuned for more.



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‘LEGO Star Wars: Castaways’ arrives November 19th on Apple Arcade

Another LEGO Star Wars game is heading to Apple Arcade, and it’s the first social, action-adventure title in the franchise. The upcoming game, entitled LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, will have you building and customizing your own in-game LEGO minifigure character. Once you’re done designing your own blocky hero, you’ll head to a new planet where you can team up with friends to battle enemies and solve puzzles. Along the way, you can unlock collectibles to solve a mystery and save your merry band of LEGO minifigures.

When you’re not out on adventures — of if you really just want to hang out in a virtual world with friends — you can stay in the game’s Social Hub or race Microfighters. LEGO Star Wars: Castaways is an Apple Arcade exclusive, just like LEGO Star Wars Battles. The latter is a real-time strategy game that will let you collect upgradable characters, troops and vehicles and then pit you against other players in one-on-one showdowns. In Star Wars Battles, you’ll also have to build and defend your own LEGO towers, as well as attack your opponent’s.

LEGO Star Wars: Castaways will be playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, so long as you have an Arcade subscription. You can now sign up to be notified when the game becomes available for download from the Mac Store and the iOS App Store, but the game won’t be available to play until November 19th. 

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Disney is teasing a bunch of Star Wars product reveals, including a new game

It looks like Star Wars fans have a bunch of new reveals to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Disney has kicked off a new multi-week reveal event called “Bring Home the Bounty.” The event will see Disney announcing new Star Wars products weekly until the end of the year. An entire range of products is set to be revealed, and while we don’t know what most of these announcements will be, Disney has published a teaser that suggests a video game will be one of them.

Of course, the timing of this promotion is not a coincidence, with Disney revealing products that it says will make good holiday gifts. New products will be revealed every Tuesday at 6 AM PT/9 AM ET, with some of those products then going up for pre-order the following day.

The first batch of Star Wars products has already been revealed, and it contains pairs of Mandalorian-themed Crocs and sunglasses, two new Funko Pop figures (K-2S0 and Moroff from Rogue One), and two new retro-style Hasbro action figures depicting the Mandalorian and Boba Fett. To get an idea of what’s coming up, take a look at the image below.

It’s hard to tell what most of these teasers are, as they simply depict characters from the Star Wars universe. However, the tease for week 10 depicts what’s very clearly a game controller, suggesting that a new Star Wars game will be announced on that day. We have no idea what this game is, but we know that multiple Star Wars games are in development, including an incoming remake of Knights of the Old Republic from Aspyr.

We’ve also heard rumors which claim that Quantic Dream is working on a narrative-driven Star Wars game, and of course, there’s the expectation that Respawn is already crafting the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This may be teasing the reveal of one of those games, but it could also be something entirely new that hasn’t been the subject of leaks yet. We’ve got a bit longer to wait as this game won’t be revealed until December 14th, but we’ll let you know what it is when the time comes.

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New Star Wars games at EA Play Live? Don’t get your hopes up

After giving E3 2021 the cold shoulder earlier this year, Electronic Arts is about to host its own gaming get-together. Next week, EA will host EA Play Live, an event where it will showcase many of its upcoming games. EA has been fairly tight-lipped about what to expect from the show, but it has told us about some franchises that won’t be there. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you feel about EA’s work with this franchise), it seems that Star Wars won’t be on tap.

Electronic Arts confirmed as much in a tweet published to the EA Star Wars Twitter account today. “We won’t be showing any new Star Wars games at EA Play Live on July 22nd… but all of us look forward to celebrating with you next year when we share our vision for the Galaxy far, far away!” the company said.

So, not only will Star Wars be absent from EA Play Live, but it sounds like that tweet confirms that we won’t hear about what’s next for EA’s Star Wars games until sometime next year. In addition to Star Wars, EA previously confirmed that neither Dragon Age nor Mass Effect will be at the show either. That means three of EA’s most popular franchises will be missing from what is likely the company’s biggest event of the year.

EA has something of a spotty past with the Star Wars franchise, so this might not be bad news for some. The company caught a lot of criticism for the state Star Wars: Battlefront 2 launched in years ago, but in the time since, not only have EA and DICE improved the game, but EA has also published Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and EA Motive’s Star Wars Squadrons, both of which were well-received by fans and critics alike.

At the very least, it’ll be interesting to see what EA does next with the Star Wars brand, but you can be sure we won’t be learning about that next week. EA Play Live is slated to kick off at 10 AM PDT on July 22nd (one week from today), and we’ll have coverage of all the big announcements from the show right here at SlashGear.



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Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Remasters the GBA Classics

Nintendo has announced that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, a remaster of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, will be coming to Switch. Nintendo says the games have been “reimagined and rebuilt from the ground up.” Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will release on December 3, but pre-orders are available starting today.

Advance Wars is a series of turn-based strategy games that has lain dormant for many years, but Nintendo appears intent on giving the franchise new life on the Switch. The trailer shown for the game features a variety of unit types, grid maps, and terrain types, as well as the ability to capture locations like cities. Advance Wars‘ gameplay will likely be familiar to anyone who has played recent Fire Emblem games or other turn-based strategy titles.

Nintendo promises that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will contain “thrilling stories, memorable characters, and vibrant gameplay.” The game features the entirety of the campaigns from the first two games in the series, Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.

A trailer showed a variety of cartoonish commanding officers leading their troops in ground, air, and naval combat. Players can purchase and upgrade units to help defend against invading armies and will have to deal with a variety of threats, including fog of war. Thanks to a rock-paper-scissors-like structure, units have advantages and disadvantages over other units – for example, anti-air units are great at attacking planes, but may have trouble against other unit types.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will be available on December 3 on Nintendo Switch.

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‘Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order’ free upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S is here

Without much advance notice from EA and Respawn, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are now available. If you bought the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll get a free upgrade to the current-gen version on the same console family (except in Japan). Newcomers can buy it for $40. 

One nice thing about this upgrade is that you’ll still receive it even if you bought a physical copy of Jedi: Fallen Order on Xbox One or PS4 and you have an Xbox Series S or digital-only PS5. You’ll need to contact EA and provide proof of purchase to get access to the new version. Not many publishers or developers have offered a similar free upgrade option until now.

The current-gen version of Jedi: Fallen Order includes higher-resolution assets and textures and 4K HDR resolution. You can expect much faster loading times and better 60 frames-per-second performance. EA and Respawn enabled 60 fps in January for those playing the last-gen version on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S through backwards compatibility. 

On PS5 and Xbox Series X, you can opt to run the game in performance mode at 1440p at 60 fps. With performance mode off, you can play in 4K at 30 fps. On Xbox Series S, performance is locked to 1080p at 60 fps.

Your save data should transfer automatically from the Xbox One version to the current-gen one. On PS5, you’ll need to transfer the data manually. Once you have the PS4 data on your system storage (from playing the PS4 version on PS5 or transferring it through cloud storage or a USB drive), you can select the Import PS4 System Save Data option. That’s annoying, but thankfully not overly complicated. If you do transfer your save to a current-gen system from the respective older one, you’ll unlock the Jedi: Fallen Order achievements and trophies you already earned.

Along with the upgrade, EA and Respawn announced that more than 20 million people have played Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order across all platforms and services. Along with consoles, it’s available on PC and Google Stadia.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on PS5 and Xbox Series X: How to upgrade

Back in January, Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment launched a patch for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which improved framerates and resolution for those who were playing on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S. Today, the two companies released a full-fledged current-gen version of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will be available as a standalone purchase for those who own a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S or as an upgrade for anyone who owns the game on PS4 and Xbox One.

While the upgrade that was released in January seemed to focus mostly on resolution and framerates, it seems that the PS5 and Xbox Series X release has a lot more to it. In a blog post to EA’s website today, those playing on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 can expect higher resolution textures and assets, 4K resolution with support for HDR, a framerate of 60fps, and “significantly faster loading times.”

If you already own the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to upgrade to this new version for free (assuming, of course, that you own a PS5 or an Xbox Series X|S, which are still difficult to find). This is true regardless of if you have a digital copy of the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order or a physical disc. Both Sony and Microsoft have put together support articles on how to upgrade a game to a next-gen version, though on Xbox Series X, you should get the proper version for your console through Smart Delivery.

The only time upgrading gets a little complicated is when you own a physical copy of the game but own either a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition or an Xbox Series S, neither of which come with disc drives. In those instances, you’ll need to submit proof of purchase to EA through its support site. When you’re on that page, you’ll first select either PS5 or Xbox Series S, then select “Codes and promotions,” and then “Replace disc with code.” From there, fill out the form you’re presented with and provide your proof of purchase, and then you’ll be granted a digital code you can redeem on your new console.

Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions come with a Performance Mode, which will cap resolution at 1440p but bring framerate up to 60fps. When Performance Mode is turned off, resolution will go up to 4K while framerate will drop to 30fps. On Xbox Series S, there is no Performance Mode option, as resolution and framerate are locked at 1080p60. Be sure to check out the blog post linked above for more on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is available today for $39.99.

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