No plans for Star Wars Battlefront 3, as DICE focuses fully on Battlefield – report

By Tom Phillips

You know it to be true. 

Don’t expect Battlefield studio DICE to make a third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series.That’s according to a new Venturebeat report, which has dug further into this afternoon’s flurry of Star Wars details. Star Wars Battlefront was notably absent amongst announcements of a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel from developer Respawn, a new first-person shooter also from Respawn, and a new strategy game from Bit Reactor… and also Respawn.

Venturebeat reports that EA’s Star Wars output has now been “siloed” at Respawn – which will also continue to work on its popular battle royale Apex Legends. (And no, there’s no word of a Titanfall 3.)DICE, meanwhile, will focus solely on righting the wobbly-looking Battlefield ship, following the shaky launch of Battlefield 2042. (A separate report this week suggested EA was considering releasing part of that game for free to tempt more players onboard.)There are no other new Star Wars projects active at EA outside of the three being worked on by Respawn, Venturebeat’s report concludes. Other EA studios are busy working on Dead Space (EA Motive), Dragon Age and Mass Effect (BioWare).Star Wars: Battlefront 2 arrived back in 2017 with an enjoyable campaign, although its release was vastly overshadowed by the saga of its loot boxes – which were dramatically disabled on the day before release following ferocious pre-launch feedback.

The Pokémon Company continues to ignore extensive Arceus leaks

By Tom Phillips

Today teases new Starter evolutions.

Bless you, The Pokémon Company. Despite widespread leaks which have splashed Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ story and full Pokédex across the internet, today’s new press release about the game pretends everything is fine.With just a couple of days until launch, today brings one final trailer for Legends Arceus – which you can view below. There’s not an awful lot in it we’ve not seen before.An accompanying press release also teases silhouettes of the game’s evolutions for its three Starter Pokémon: Rowlett, Cyndaquil and Oshawott. These historic final evolutions are new to the franchise, only available in Arceus’ region of Hisui.

Never mind the fact these creatures’ existence is now widely known, and the subject of hundreds of YouTube videos over the past week, or shown in hours of gameplay broadcast on Twitch from early copies. Retail copies of the game appeared out in the wild last week, leading to its files inevitably being ripped and spread online. But leaks surrounding the game have continued for months – with several new species rumoured long before their official reveals. Eurogamer has chosen not to post any spoilers surrounding the game.In the face of all that, The Pokémon Company’s tease of these new Starter evolutions via their silhouettes seems cute. But, here we go:

Dear Esther developer's Little Orpheus announced for PC and consoles

By Tom Phillips

Blast off.

Little Orpheus, the Apple Arcade platformer from the brains behind Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, is coming to PC and consoles. Developer The Chinese Room today confirmed Little Orpheus launches anew for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 1st March. Originally launched in 2020 for Apple’s game subscription service, Little Orpheus was well-received for its wacky Soviet space program adventure inspired by Flash Gordon. Unlike The Chinese Room’s other releases, this is not a walking sim.

Improved textures, animations and all episodes of the original release are included in this new version.Vikki Blake called the game “a delightful platforming sprint from the masters of the walking sim,” in Eurogamer’s Little Orpheus review. “Sprightly platforming action marks a change of pace for The Chinese Room in this bold if brief adventure.”

Rabbids head to Mars on Netflix next month

By Tom Phillips

Bwaah to the future.

Ubisoft’s lovable Rabbids are back, and now they’re heading to Mars on Netflix. Rabbids Invasion Special: Mission to Mars will launch for Netflix next month, on 18th February. This hour-long animated feature follows four seasons of CGI-animated Rabbid cartoons, and tells the story of a mission to terraform Mars which goes badly wrong. Here’s a trailer:

Mission to Mars seems separate from the full-blown Rabbids movie project, which Ubisoft has has been slowly trying to get out of development hell since at least 2014. The latest word on that was that Lionsgate and Ubisoft had tapped Robot Chicken writers Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard, and Zeb Wells to pen the script – although this was back in December 2019.Back in the world of games, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is in development for launch on Nintendo Switch sometime later in 2022.