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Star Wars Day will grant bonuses to Battlefront, others

Next week, May 4th is Star Wars Day, and EA is planning on celebrating it by launching several bonus events across several of its most popular Star Wars games. Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Told Old Republic, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes are all getting their own unique events (some of which have already begun). They are as follows:

Star Wars: Battlefront

  • A free bundle of 4,444 credits 
  • A new Hutt Contract where if you spend between 3500 and 8000 credits to unlock new bounties, you will gain access to the Bacta Bomb Star Card, giving you a health boost to you and your teammates in a pinch.
  • Free access to Battlefront on PC as a four-hour trial.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

  • Play the Knight of the Fallen Empire expansion for free from now until May 30
  • Log in between now and May 4 to unlock a M4-I6 Zakuulan Astromech Droid mini-pet
  • Play between May 3 through May 10 to get 2X XP, 2X PvP commendations, 2X requisitions in Starfighter, and 2X legacy experience.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

  • 25 percent discount on crystals on May 4. 
  • From April 30 until May 5, a rotating game modes will offer 2X rewards each day, starting with Cantina Battles.

That's a lot of valuable bonuses right there for Star Wars fans. Personally, I'm hoping Disney XD will allow Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels tol be free like it was last year.

Source: [Gamespot]

Star Wars Battlefront Spring DLC plans teases 'more' offline play, new heroes

Since Star Wars Battlefront's latest bit of DLC brought us two new heroes: Greedo and Nien Nunb, three new maps, a new mode, and Hutt contracts, we haven't heard much about the EA's DLC plans for the game.

In January, the game publisher outlined what we could expect for the game (as far as free content goes) up until March, with extra details on what Season Pass holders could look forward to.

A new rundown on the 'near' future of Battlefront has outlined what support we can expect for the game this Spring. According to the publisher, there will be a bit a of free content heading to Battlefront players in the form of in-game events, Hutt contracts, "surprises" and a special Star Wars Day event on May 4th.

As per EA's description:

  • New In-Game Events – more double score weekends, community missions and Special Login Events are coming for players to earn more experience, credits and items.
  • New Hutt Contracts – Unlock powerful Star Cards like the Berserker Trait, Bacta Bomb and Ion Neutralizer.
  • More New Content – We also have a couple of surprises in store that we know our fans have been looking for, especially those who have been clamoring for ways to have more options to enjoy Star WarsBattlefront offline. More to come soon.
  • Specific for May the 4th – In celebration of Star Wars Day we have cool activities planned that we’ll announce soon.

In addition to that, EA has confirmed that there will be a total of eight heroes made available through the Season Pass, including Nien Nunb and Greedo (which leaves us six heroes to look forward to). From here on out, two new hereos will be made available per paid DLC.

In June, Battlefront players can look forward to the Bespin DLC that will bring four new maps for the "most popular" game modes, detailing that "You’ll see AT-ATs in Cloud City, take to the skies in Fighter Squadron, and even spend time in a carbonite chamber." The Bespin DLC will also include more blasters, Star Cards, a new game mode and two new heroes: Lando Calrissian and Dengar.

Chewbacca actor reveals original fate of Star Wars' Obi Wan Kenobi

If you're familiar with Star Wars: A New Hope, you probably know that Obi-Wan Kenobi didn't last very long in his fight with Darth Vader on the first Death Star. Obi-Wan was struck down by pretty soon after we were introduced to him.

Of course, after he was struck down he became 'one' with the Force and appeared later on as a Force-ghost thing. According to Peter Mayhew, the actor under all the fur  – Chewbacca himself, Obi-Wan could have a different fate.

The A-Wing will make a comeback in Star Wars: Episode 8

Being royalty sure has its perks. Like not having to sign an NDA for instance. Prince Harry and Prince William paid a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode 8 recently, and engaged in their own Lightsaber duel. But one juicy nugget seemed to slip through the cracks. The A-Wing is confirmed to be in Star Wars: Episode 8, courtesy of a few images taken of the royalty during their visit. 

Check them out.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sound supervisor translates BB-8's dialogue with Rey

Many people across the world are excited by the prospect of learning a new language, whether it's Spanish, German or English… but in the world of Star Wars, languages take up very different forms.

While some hard-core Star Wars fans might have done their research and tried their hand in learning the tongue of a droid, much like Game of Thrones fans and Dothraki, to most people droids just make nonsensical robotic noises. 

Some fans might well have wondered what exactly BB-8 said to Rey in order to convince her to let the droid come along with her, and now we have some answers. 

The sound supervisor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood, has been discussing the process of composing BB-8's language, explains some specific dialogue and much more during an interview with The Huffington Post. 

He said: "The first time you hear him, it’s sort of off screen, and you hear him yelling because Tito has kidnapped him, and you have the creature sound that Tito is riding on the back of, and BB-8 is making sounds, but then it’s when Rey runs over and starts talking to him.

"Even moments there when she first rescues him, and she’s like, ‘That’s just Tito. He’s a dune bandit, and he’s going to sell you for parts.' And then Ben Schwartz’s dialogue would be like, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, you know, I hate you, Tito.’ And he’s like yelling to him, basically getting mad at him.

"And it’s good for us to know the emotional beats. Like, ‘Well, can I come with you?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, thank you so much for saving me … please take me with you.’ And she’s like, ‘No, I’m not going to,’ and it was just that kind of dialogue to help the plot." 

So, was that what you were expecting?… probably. 

[HuffingtonPost]

Alden Ehrenreich eyed as front runner in Young Han Solo film

 

Disney and Lucasfilm are zeroing in on the actor to fill the large boots left by Harrison Ford in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, which will focus on a young adult Han Solo and it now seems we have a front runner for the role.

 

According to Deadline, Alden Ehrenreich has emerged from the narrow group of the potential actors which included Targon Egerton and Jack Reynor due to his impressive performances.

 

The young Han Solo movie has been kept under very tight wraps since its announcement almost a year back. However, we do know that the movie is set to debut on May 25, 2018, and it will focus on Solo's days before he joined the rebellion. The film will be directed by the LEGO Movie team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

 

We recently got a first look at the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One, which has a much darker and realistic feel to it, if you haven't checked it out yet, click here.

 

What do you think of Ehrenreich taking the role of the beloved Han Solo character? Would you have wanted to see someone else? Let us know in the comments below! 

Here's why C-3PO has a red arm in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Back in September 2015, prior to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was announced that the reason behind C-3PO's red arm would be made clear within the pages of a Marvel comic. The comic, Star Wars Special: C-3P0 #1, by James Robinson, Tony Harris, and Joe Caramagna had finally released and it totally comes with an explanation for his red arm.

According to the comic, C-3P0 is wearing the arm of OMRI – an android that self-destructed in order to save C-3PO. While the comic is dense in detail and emotion, a brief look at what caused OMRI to self-destruct and C-3PO to lose his arm can be found below:

C-3PO finds himself with four Resistance droids and one First Order droid on an unidentified planet after their ship crashed into it. The droids escape, only to be lead into a trap by OMRI – the First Order droid who has information on where the First Order took Admiral Ackbar.

After a series of unfortunate events, only C-3PO and OMRI survive. OMRI and C-3PO take shelter under a cover from the planet's acid rain, after C-3PO loses his arm to some kind of creature. While under the cover, C-3PO and OMRI share a conversation that leads OMRI to doubt his First Order initiative.

Once the doubt settles, OMRI gives C-3PO the data on where Ackbar is then self-destructs out in the acid rain. The acid rain strips away OMRI's exterior shell, leaving behind one glistening red arm.

C-3PO takes the arm and wears it to remember his sacrifice… then gets a gold arm back at some point in the movie because apparently he just didn't care anymore.

You can find a more detailed description of the events on io9.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set Review

When people think 'Star Wars', they don't think about Episodes I through III. They think of the original trilogy — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi. Because as much fun as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ezra, Sabine and the other launch day characters are, I've raised my kids to know who the real stars of this franchise are.

They know that Han hot first. They know that you always let a Wookie win, especially Chewbacca. They know that Luke is a Jedi, like his father before him. They know Princess Leia can doesn't betray the Rebel Alliance in the face of evil. And they know Darth Vader is the best villain ever. With all of this knowledge, all they wanted from Disney Infinity 3.0 was a way to play as these characters and experience their story, then go on to make their own.

Alas, we have the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire play set, which comes with an adventure that spans the events of Episodes IV through VI (differently, though), and comes with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader are sold separately). From Tatooine  and Hoth, to Endor and the Death Star, the Rise Against the Empire play Set takes you on a journey through your favorite movies with the characters you love the most. But does it do them justice while fitting in with Disney Infinity?

The Positives / The Negatives

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Is an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film on the cards?

The actor that played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Ewan McGregor, has said that he would be interested in returning to the franchise for a spin-off film. 

It is not surprising that McGregor would want to work on a Star Wars film again, given the success of The Force Awakens, however the possibility of a movie dedicated to Obi-Wan Kenobi could be an interesting prospect for fans. 

Many of you might be wondering where about this film would fit into the Star Wars timeline, well, McGregor seems to have a suggestion. 

During an interview with Collider, the actor said:

"I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a- I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years." 

While the cast was being drawn up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors started to appear about McGregor possibly appearing as a ghost in the film, or even at a later stage of the trilogy. 

When pressed on a potential appearance in the future, he responded:

"I don’t know anything about it. I’m really not in the picture with the Star Wars trilogy. As far as I know, I would be Alec Guinness by now, so I don’t know how that would work. I really don’t know and I haven’t had any discussions with anyone about it.

To play Obi-Wan Kenobi again would be something I would love to do in one of the spinoff movies. If that were to happen in one of their trilogies, I would be up for that, but I don’t know how that would happen. I’m sure some of the Star Wars fans would come up with an idea of how that could happen." 

So, it seems that one side of the deal is very optimistic about the possibility of a Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, but McGregor is not the first actor to say that… and he probably won't be the last. But will Disney make a few spin-off movies? Guess we'll have to wait and see. 

If you would like to check out the full interview it can be found below: 

[Collider]

Erik Bauersfeld, voice of Admiral Ackbar, passes away at 93

Erik Bauersfeld, the man that lent his voice to two iconic characters in Star Wars, has passed away at 93 years old. 

The voice actor brought us the quote, "It's a trap!" from his role as the Rebellion's Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 1983. In the same film, Bauersfeld voiced Jabba the Hutt's major-domo Bib Fortuna.

"Actor Erik Bauersfeld, known by Star Wars fans around the globe as the voice of Admiral Ackbar, has passed away," said his management office. "His passing comes at the age of 93 and the cause was natural causes. Erik will be deeply missed by his family here at Coolwaters and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Bauersfeld returned to the Star Wars franchise last year, once again as the voice of Ackbar in The Force Awakens. The voice actor is also credited with lending his voice to Star Wars: X-Wing as Ackbar, Crimson Peak (2015) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).

Our deepest condolences go out to Bauersfeld's family.