EA and Respawn making Star Wars strategy game, FPS, and Jedi Order 2

By GameCentral

Respawn has the high ground (pic: EA)Apex Legends maker Respawn is working on not one, not two, but three new Star Wars games – including what sounds like a turn-based strategy.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 has been an open secret for years now, but it’s never been officially confirmed and there’s certainly been no screenshots or videos of it. There still isn’t, but surprisingly developer Respawn has been revealed to be working on not just that game but two other Star Wars titles as well.
Referred to only as ‘the next chapter in the Star Wars Jedi story’, God Of War 3 director Stig Asmussen will once again take the helm, but other than that there’s predictably little information on Fallen Order 2.
The first person shooter project is being overseen by Respawn game director Peter Hirschmann, who was previously vice president of development at LucasArts and executive producer for the original Star Wars: Battlefront series.
There’s no confirmation that the new shooter is anything do with Battlefront but at most it seems it’ll only be a spin-off, as DICE isn’t mentioned in the announcement and recent reports suggest EA passed on the chance of making Battlefront 3.
‘Working with Lucasfilm Games on a new FPS in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true for me, as this is a story I have always wanted to tell’, says Peter Hirschmann – which implies that the new game is focused on narrative rather than multiplayer.
The strategy game is a co-production with new studio Bit Reactor, which is headed by Greg Foerstch who worked on the design of Sid Meier’s Alpha Centurai and as an artist on many other Firaxis titles, including the XCOM series.
That strongly suggests that whatever the game is, it’s turn-based – which sounds great already.
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Although the language used is ambiguous, EA seems to be implying that all this is a result of extending their licensing deal with Lucasfilm Games, although there’s no mention of for how long.
That’s quite a turnaround from the dark days of Battlefront 2’s launch, when the licence was suddenly shared amongst other publishers and there was talk of EA losing it altogether.
All three new Respawn games are currently in production, with some rumours suggesting that Fallen Order 2 may even make it out this year. The other two will probably be later but there’s now a chance all three could be revealed at the Star Wars Celebration event in May.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer Reveals Hisuian Final Evolutions For Starters, Without Actually Showing Them

By Wesley LeBlanc

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is out in just a few days, and Nintendo has released yet another trailer, this time revealing some interesting information about the three starters we’ll be using come Friday. More specifically, each starter has a final Hisuian evolutionary form. Don’t worry – we’re not going to spoil what they look like here because, well, we can’t. Nintendo didn’t reveal the appearance of these new evolutionary forms, instead opting to tease this new information in today’s trailer. 

“You may have met Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” the trailer’s description reads. “But you’ve never encountered their Hisui region Evolutions.” 

If you watch the two-minute trailer, you won’t be seeing these Hisui region evolutions either. Instead, Nintendo teases their appearances by showing the second evolutionary lines begin to evolve, only to obscure their final form images with smoke and a cheeky fade to black. You can briefly (and only kinda) see a silhouette of each form but rest assured, the full look of each is not revealed in the trailer. 

Elsewhere in the trailer, which is oddly dubbed “Hisuian. Final. Starter. Evolutions.”, we see a whole lot of gameplay. There’s new looks at some Pokémon in the wild, another look at the Noble Kleavor Pokémon fight, some footage of in-game traversal by way of Basculin and Braviary, and more. Then we get the brief Hisui evolution tease before the trailer switches to some cartoon-like animation that reveals a forthcoming eruption out of Stark Mountain. 

We’ll learn about that eruption, these Hisui evolution forms, and more when Pokémon Legends: Arceus hits Switch this Friday on January 28. While waiting for its release, read about how copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus are out in the wild, meaning you should be wary of spoilers, and then check out this gameplay preview of Pokémon Legends: Arceus for a look at what to expect on Friday. After that, look into Game Informer’s list of every Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. 

Which starter are you choosing in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and why? Let us know in the comments below!

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:

The SteelSeries Rival 5 Mouse is now only £39.99

By Mark Harrison

Get this mega customisable mouse from Amazon at its lowest ever price.

With 2022 firmly underway, we’re already starting to see some decent price drops on gaming peripherals like keyboards and mice. Whether you’ve finally finished building that new PC over the holidays or recently purchased a pre-built PC or gaming laptop, you might be looking for those all-important finishing touches for your setup. Or as the saying goes: new year, new… PC accessories?If you’re looking for a new mouse to both improve your aim in-game and brighten up your desk, then the SteelSeries Rival 5 Gaming Mouse is a great addition. It is currently at its lowest price on Amazon for £39.99- a saving of £20.

There is also a promotion for 33 percent off 3-months of Xbox GamePass for PC, which will give you access to plenty of games to put the Rival 5 to the test.The Rival 5 is perfect for any gamer and gives excellent performance in Battle Royale, FPS, MOBA, MMO, and other fast-paced games. The Rival 5 has an 18,000 adjustable DPI, nine (nine!) programmable buttons-a rarity at this price range- which can all be customised to your heart’s content in the SteelSeries Engine.The Rival 5 also has very attractive RGB features, with illuminated lines around the curves of the mouse, under the scroll wheel, and the SteelSeries logo is fully lit too. The RGBs can also be fully customised in the SteelSeries engine, so your mouse can match whatever theme your setup has. If you want to keep up to date with other deals on gaming peripherals, be sure to follow the Jelly Deals Twitter account for up-to-the-minute deals and stock alerts. If you’re looking for more deals like this, you should look at Digital Foundry’s best gaming mice roundup article so you can become an expert on every precision pointer out there.

First Sniper Elite 5 trailer offers early look at online invasions

By GameCentral

Sniper Elite 5 – guess where this one’s set (pic: Rebellion)The first pre-rendered trailer for Sniper Elite 5 focuses on Invasion Mode, where you hunt down other players as an enemy sniper.
It seems a long time since Rebellion first teased the existence of Sniper Elite 5, and it’s definitely been ages since the release of Sniper Elite 4 in 2017, but the hype is now starting to ramp up for the new game, starting with a CGI trailer.
Up until now the only thing we’ve seen of the game is a few screenshots, with some cryptic talk about Invasion Mode, where you get to invade other players’ games as an Axis sniper.
That obviously brings to mind Dark Souls but Sniper Elite has never been quite that hard, and there was also a similar sounding feature in the recent Deathloop.
The box art for the final game has also been released but there’s no clue as to when it’ll launch, just sometime this year. Although at this point publishers are wise not to be too specific about release dates until they’re certain they can make them.
Interestingly, the whole of the main game can be played in co-op and if you are with a friend then invasions are still possible, with the Axis player getting a major bonus if he takes out both Allies.
The invader gets to use other computer-controlled bad guys to hunt for the players, viewing their location on a map if they’ve been spotted recently and raising the overall awareness of ordinary grunts.
Allied snipers get to use ‘invasion phones’ which can reveal the invader’s location, except the phones can be boobytrapped and using them too much will give away your position.
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If you don’t like the sound of all that you can just turn Invasion mode off and stick to just playing the game normally.
You will get an experience point boost just for having it on though, with all players involved able to win weapons, items, and skins if they take someone out.
Sniper Elite 5 releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC in 2022.

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Respawn Entertainment Currently Developing Multiple Star Wars IPs, Including Next Jedi: Fallen Order Game

By Jason Guisao

The developer behind the Titanfall franchise, Apex Legends, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is looking to expand upon the galaxy far, far away once again. EA and Lucasfilm Games dropped a press release this morning that announced Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Star Wars IPs. Multiple titles are in the works, including the next chapter in the Jedi: Fallen Order universe, an FPS with Peter Hirschmann (executive producer on the original Battlefronts), and a strategy game via a publishing collaboration with Bit Reactor. The press release reads as follows:

“Game Director Stig Asmussen and his team at the studio are already working on the next game in the action adventure Star Wars Jedi series, and are joined by two new teams working to deliver additional unique Star Wars gameplay experiences across multiple genres. Leading the development of Respawn’s all-new Star Wars first-person shooter game is Peter Hirschmann, Game Director at Respawn, who has a long and accomplished history with the Star Wars franchise. The third title is a Star Wars strategy game developed through a production collaboration with the newly formed studio Bit Reactor, helmed by games industry veteran Greg Foerstch. Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads on the development of the title.”

While Star Wars has always been a mainstay in the video game industry, it seems as if we’re ushering in a new age of exciting next-gen experiences for the franchise. In addition to the Respawn-led titles, Star Wars Eclipse looks to tell a darker story with the impressive levels of interactivity that developer Quantic Dream is known for.  Moreover, an open-world experience helmed by Ubisoft might be the exciting answer fans have wanted since EA VIsceral’s ambitious project was canceled back in 2019. 

Which Star Wars game are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!