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Sunday, Jul 17, 2016

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One & Darth Vader VR Game Revealed

Dark Horizons has more on post-release content plans for Star Wars: Battlefront following word on plans for this week's offline update and the upcoming Death Star expansion. They say the game's final expansion pack will com e early next year, and will be based on Rogue One, the upcoming side movie installment in the Star Wars series. They also have a teaser trailer for the Death Star expansion. Finally, they announce plans for a Darth Vader VR game from screenwriter David Goyer ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and ILMxLAB, saying that in the meantime HTC Vive owners can expect the release of a Trials on Tatooine "VR experience" tomorrow as a free release. Here's a Trials on Tatooine trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Announces New Expansion & Free Trial

Star Wars: The Old Republic is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and this post has details on the celebration along with a trailer. They also offer an infographic on the game, saying it boasts 87 million players who have put in 1.5 billion hours playing the MMORPG. To keep all those players happy, they announce Knights of the Eternal Throne, a new expansion coming this autumn, saying, "The all new expansion adds more of BioWare's trademark cinematic storytelling, as well as exciting new game features in one of the largest updates the team has made since the game launched 5 years ago in 2011!" This page has all the info about the expansion they are revealing at this time. Finally, BioWare also announces a free trial, saying, "all players can prepare for the new expansion by playing Chapter 1 of the prequel story in Knights of the Fallen Empire, now for free"

WoW Pre-Expansion Patch

Battle.net has details on a new patch coming to World of Warcraft this week to pave the way for the upcoming legion expansion for the MMORPG. They say in the weeks leading up to the launch of Legion they will be unlocking even more content, and this is what the patch is adding for starters:
The Opening Salvo
When the pre-expansion patch initially goes live, players will be able to immediately access many of its key system-related features. Some of these major updates include:

Transmogrification Updates
The new Transmogrification Collections system will make it easier than ever to collect, store, and sort through the gear you want to use for transmogging—without taking up storage space in your inventory, bank, or Void Storage. As you collect items that can be used with the system, you can browse through them—as well as sort by class or slot—in the Appearances tab in your Collections interface.

Class Updates
We’re making some significant changes to classes and their specs for Legion to further strengthen their identities. The core changes to spells, talents, and more are going into effect as soon as the pre-expansion patch goes live. For more information on what’s new for each class and spec, read our earlier class preview blogs.

We’re also making it easier to switch between specializations for different content. Players will be able to queue up for dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Arenas as any role that is available to their class, while continuing to play as another role while they’re waiting. When they enter the content they’ve queued for, they will automatically switch to the suitable role upon entering (at no cost) and then switch back automatically when they leave the instance.

90 Minute Fever Early Access

Early access to 90 Minute Fever is no available via Steam, offering a subscription-based MMO sports management game for Windows and OS X. This provides a way to control your own soccer/association football franchise and compete in live matches versus human opponents. Here's the pitch:
Our mission statement is to create the best football management MMO ever whilst giving proper respect to the sport of football and the fans of this genre. That's why we started from a blank canvas 4 years ago and designed from the ground up what we thought an online football manager game should be all about - a fair, competitive and long-term game play experience with the perfect balance between realism and fun. We see ourselves as innovators and pioneers creating an experience for our users that no other game on the market is able to offer them. We are football. We are MMO. We are 90 Minute Fever!

Steam Top 10

Valve reports the following 10 titles as the bestsellers on Steam for last week:

  1. Arma 3 Apex
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  3. Dead by Daylight
  4. RimWorld
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. INSIDE
  7. No Man's Sky
  8. Total War: WARHAMMER
  9. Raw Data
  10. NECROPOLIS: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve

Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Had a monster-movie triple feature last night, watching Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, none of which I had seen since I was a kid. This turned out to be interesting, because they were all pretty different than I recalled. This especially applied to The Mummy, which I remembered being about people being menaced by a guy wrapped in bandages, but turns out to be more similar to the Brendan Fraser remake than that. Watching these films together also highlighted that Dwight Frye, the same actor who was so memorable as Renfield in Dracula, was also Fritz the hunchback in Frankenstein, which is pretty cool. I actually remembered that character's name as Igor, just one of many details about the movie blurred from seeing Young Frankenstein several times since the last time I saw the original.

R.I.P.: Alan Vega. Thanks nin.

Monster Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Transformice.
The Forsaken Lab 3D 2.
Story: Singing Texas lawyers advise residents: Don't eat your weed.
Science: Cases Of Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Hit Record High.
Media: Star Wars Rebels Season Three Trailer (Official). Thanks nin.
WowCraft Ep 29 Epic Mount.
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The Funnies: Pokey Man Gough « EXTRALIFE.
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