Disney Reportedly Selling Off Games Division FoxNext

In the months after Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox officially went through, parts of Fox such as FOX 2000 have been shut down. Now in a report by Bloomberg, Disney may be selling off Fox’s games division FoxNext.

Senior executives such as Kevin Mayer, Disney’s chief of direct-t0-consumer, has discussed keeping the games division, but CEO Bog Iger wants to exit the games industry and license properties out to other studios instead. This falls in line with Disney letting EA publish Star Wars games for the next ten years. The main Star Wars games to come from EA include Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefront II, and the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Additionally, Disney shut down their popular Disney Infinity game and its developer Avalanche Software.

FoxNext focused on free-to-play mobile games such as Marvel Strike Force. Additionally, they have games in development based on the Avatar and Alien franchises. It’s unclear if any of their games in development will be canceled or if they’ll move to another developer. As for Marvel Strike Force, Venturebeat reports that the game made $15o million dollars during its first year.

During Disney’s financial call in February, Iger discussed Disney’s stance on the games industry and why they’ve stayed away from it. “We’re obviously mindful of the size of that business but over the years we’ve tried our hand at self-publishing…and we’ve found that we haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side,” Iger said.

As more news comes out about FoxNext, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Developer Says the Game is Similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Launching this November, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year. In a new interview for EDGE Magazine’s September issue, Game Director Stig Asmussen and Lead Combat Designer Jason de Heras discuss drawing inspiration from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice developer FromSoftware.

“I’ve been a huge FromSoftware fan since King’s Field,” said Asmussen. “I mean, King’s Field II is one of my favorite games ever. But it’s not about you liking a game, and trying to make that game myself. It’s more, ‘What can we learn about what’s fun about it?’”

Additionally, Jason de Heras jumps in the interview and discusses FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice being “very similar” to Jedi Fallen Order:

“I thought it was pretty badass, and a little comforting to know that you could this type of game without a stamina bar. They let you attack, they let you roll, they let you do all this for free – and then the AI will tell you if you’re doing the correct thing,” de Heras said. “It just confirmed to us that you don’t have to limit everything the player does; let them have a little more agency, and then let the AI give them a slap on the wrist or a punch in the face. It was a positive thing for us to know there was a game that was similar to ours. Very similar.”

Recently, developer Respawn Entertainment discussed the possibility of having a photo mode in the game alongside a new game plus mode. Additionally, Respawn released the full E3 demo online everyone to check out.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is available for preorder on Amazon now.

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EA Play 2019 Fan Registration is Now Open

EA Play 2019 is upon us bringing EA’s most recent slate of games to the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on June 8 and 9. Today, fan registration for the event is now open giving the public access to the event for free.

In order to register for EA Play 2019, just follow the link and have your EA account information handy. Once you put in your info, you’ll be able to reserve one gameplay session of your choosing.  The Sims 4, FIFA 20, Apex Legends, Anthem, Madden NFL 20, and Battlefield V will all be available to play on both dates.

Booking a gameplay session will also get you “Priority Entrance” for the date of your session, allowing you to expedite your entry into the event. If you are not interested in booking a gameplay session or you’re not quite sure what to play, you can opt out and just choose your Priority Entry date. You will be able to reserve a gameplay session later if there are spots still available.

EA Play 2019 attendees will also have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It is safe to say we will see some gameplay as EA announced via Twitter the first gameplay reveal for Fallen Order would be at the event and E3. More details about the event, including additional activities, will be shared closer to the event.

Additionally, the previously planned EA Play live streams that would be replacing the traditional press conference on Friday, June 7 will now be held on that Saturday kicking off the festivities. “We’ve decided to pull all of our live streams into Saturday, June 8,” confirms a post from EA, “so fans will have a full slate of streams that will take you inside the games and new content, all in one day.”

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order seems to be EA’s marquee title for this year’s show. As the only non-annualized and unreleased game prominently featured at EA Play, it will be interesting to see Respawn’s Star Wars game in-action, as well as if EA will have any other surprises. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set to launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 15.

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EA Celebrates Star Wars on May the 4th, Jedi: Fallen Order Gamplay Confirmed for E3

Are you deep in on your Star Wars celebration for the now-iconic May the 4th psuedo-holiday? You are in good company–publisher EA isn’t holding back on the event. To celebrate May the 4th, Electronic Arts has unveiled a new special event for Battlefront II, fan-favorite titles being introduced to the Origin Access Vault, and — most importantly — when we can expect gameplay reveal from the upcoming Respawn Entertainment title, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

News comes by way of publisher EA directly, who took to Twitter using the #MayThe4thBeWithYou hashtag. The publisher took a four-tier approach in announcing everything that they were doing today, starting with nearly doubling the Star Wars titles available in the EA Origin Access Vault. These include the following games:

  • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Battlefront II (2005)
  • Republic Commando
  • Rogue Squadron 3D
  • Dark Forces
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • X-Wing Alliance
  • Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  • Galactic Battlegrounds Saga
  • Starfighter
  • Episode I Racer
  • Rebellion

The standout titles in the bunch seem to be the PS2 titles Starfighter and Battlefront II that are well-regarded as some of the best of the series’ games in existence. With that said, Jedi Academy is nothing to sneeze at:

On the other end, what kind of publisher would EA be if they weren’t plugging their current supported Star Wars titles? With this in mind, they announced that Princess Leia from Star Wars: A New Hope would be available in Battlefront II beginning today and ending on May the 6th — err… May 6th.

Likely the most important bit to readers on the site is their third way they are celebrating May the 4th: offering up some more detail into Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. While we don’t specifically get any news on the game, we do get confirmation that we will see the gameplay reveal in June alongside E3 and the Electronic Arts separate event, EA Play. While this was expected given that Jedi: Fallen Order is among one of the most anticipated titles for EA, it is still always great to get an affirmative confirmation.

Last but not least, EA confirmed they are ending the EA Star Wars Xbox Giveaway promotion they have been running for some time now. If you are interested in winning an Xbox One X, a copy of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and some Star Wars merch, make sure to put in your submission before tonight:

Even without EA, Star Wars is without a doubt having a tremendous year in 2019 — thanks to the opening of new theme park attractions, games, and films.

If you are doing your own Star Wars celebration, let us know how you are spending it in the comments below.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Roundup of Screenshots from the First Trailer

The first details of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order were revealed today in a livestream from this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration. Publisher EA and developer Respawn Entertainment showed off the first story trailer and announced the game’s November 15, 2019 release date. Following the reveal, multiple sources gave us a look at quite a few new screenshots.

EA Star Wars shared the cover art for Fallen Order on Twitter before the panel began. In this shot, we can see the protagonist (now known to be named Cal) and his droid friend BD-1 overlooking a fallen ship that’s crashlanded in a river. Check it out below.

The livestream panel also revealed that Cameron Monaghan (of Shameless and Gotham fame) is the voice and motion tracking behind Cal. He took to Twitter after the panel to say that he’s “honored to be a part of this universe” and share a few looks at Cal. We see one shot of Cal holding his lightsaber, which was discussed in the panel. The developers declined to share much though, saying that knowing who’s lightsaber it is would be a major part of the game’s story.

We also see Cal in a hooded outfit, likely hinting that the character will need to stay hidden at times throughout the game. We know this takes place right after Order 66, which means that most of the other Jedi are dead. Cal probably needs to stay concealed as he tries to navigate this new world.

Finally, Xbox shared a few more screenshots on their Twitter account. One features Cal speaking to an alien in a bar with stormtroopers walking in. The other looks like a desolate planet filled with crashed ships. One ship is flying through the wreckage. Could this be an early look at Cal’s transport?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019. Check out all of the first screenshots from the trailer below.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Poster Leaks on Amazon

Ahead of its official reveal this Saturday, it seems a new poster for EA and Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has leaked in a rather strange way.

Over on Amazon today, a new T-shirt containing a teaser poster for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was made available for sale. While it would be easy to write this off as being potentially fake, the shirt itself was available through the official Star Wars Amazon storefront, meaning this is pretty much official. Considering Star Wars Celebration officially kicked off today in Chicago, there’s a chance that the shirt went live on the site by default as the convention began.

It’s worth noting that in the middle of writing this article, the listing for the shirt was promptly removed. Luckily, the poster itself that appeared on the shirt can be seen in the image at the bottom of this page.

As for what we can see from the poster, we see a character standing on a cliffside holding an ignited blue lightsaber. This is most likely the protagonist of the game, which is said to be a Padawan. At the character’s feet, we can also see a robot while in the background there looks to be a crashed Star Destroyer. There’s not a lot of information to glean directly from this image, but it’s a cool tone piece to be certain.

We’ll surely see this image officially revealed in the coming days and that listing for the shirt on Amazon will probably go live again soon if you actually wanted to buy it for yourself. The stream that is set to officially reveal Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set to take place this Saturday, April 13, at 2:30pm EST/11:30am PST.

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Chris Avellone Has Wrapped Work on Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn Entertainment

Responding on Twitter to a fan inquiring as to what Chris Avellone has been up to recently in regards to work, the man himself replied that he has “just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order…”

This is the first time we’re hearing that Chris Avellone was working on the project, and lends some more hope that the game will feature a solid narrative. All ears have been close to the ground since EA confirmed that we would be getting our first look at Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars game at the Star Wars Celebration taking place in April. This came after Disney announced merchandise for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would be released on October 4, 2019, coinciding with rumors that Respawn and EA would be releasing the next Star Wars video game November of 2019. Respawn has confirmed that the team working on Fallen Order is entirely new and EA promised we would get to see glimpses of the game in the “next few months” early in February.

Chris Avellone is most known for his writing work on Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights 2, Planescape: Torment, and Fallout: New Vegas, some of which will be coming to console for the first time later this year. EA’s track record with Star Wars has not been great recently as last year they shuttered Visceral Games, creators of Dead Space, and shifted their Star Wars project to EA Motive, the main developer behind the bad Battlefront 2 campaign.

Respawn isn’t just working on Jedi: Fallen Order as they just released the phenomenal Apex Legends, a battle royale shooter taking place within their Titanfall universe. Respawn has also confirmed there will be an actual Titanfall product releasing later this year, though what exactly it is (another digital trading card game anyone?) remains to be seen.

You can read what we hope will come from Jedi: Fallen Order, as it takes place in-between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. EA’s last Star Wars game, Battlefront 2, did not go over well, though has consistently been receiving updates since its launch in late 2017. Respawn first announced Jedi: Fallen Order at E3 2018 during EA’s press conference. We can expect to see more during the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago from April 11-15, 2019, as well as E3 2019 which will take place from June 11-13, 2019. Expect EA to talk about the game the weekend before, and don’t expect Sony to have anything to say during that time.

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Respawn Has Multiple Games Scheduled to Release Next Holiday Other Than Just Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

During Electronic Arts investor call going over financials for Q2 of fiscal year 2019, new information regarding EA-owned studio Respawn Entertainment and their upcoming projects was seemingly divulged.

EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson spoke during the opening statements of the call about the future of the company and what investors can expect in terms of future releases. In the process, he mentioned that their upcoming release slate will include “games from Respawn that are slated to launch by next holiday season.” What’s interesting about this statement is that it implies that Respawn has multiple games in the pipeline other than just that of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was revealed at E3 this past year.

Investors took note of this as well and asked about the potential of this new game and whether or not it could be related to Titanfall, the most recent property that Respawn has worked on. While not much information was given, EA’s COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that Respawn seems to have multiple projects in the works and said that this nugget was left in the report as an “Easter egg.”

His full response was as follows:

“You heard Andrew use a plural when he said ‘games from Respawn.’ Just consider that a little Easter egg left in the earnings call for you. We’ll announce more when we get there but we’ve clearly got a lot of things working with all of our studios and you should assume that there will be some things that we haven’t announced that come out later in the year when we go to give guidance for next year.”

Jorgensen expanded more about this potential project later on when another investor again brought it up. He reiterated the window in which we will likely hear about this game in question:

“We’ll have more to come on that. We’ll brief people as we get into the fourth quarter timeframe before we run into next year’s full-year guidance.”

This is definitely an intriguing situation as I don’t think anyone really expected Respawn to have more games being developed other than that of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Of course, the easiest guess here would be that Respawn is working on a third Titanfall game. However, after lackluster sales for the second title, many expected that hope for a follow-up was all but dead. Maybe all hope isn’t lost after all, or this could be a completely new IP altogether.

Regardless of what transpires here, it seems like we won’t have to wait more than a few months to learn more about this project. EA’s fourth quarter of their fiscal year occurs between January 1 and March 31, so it seems likely that we might hear more about both this mystery project and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during that span of time.

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