Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the Internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.
1. Battlefront pushes patch with new maps, teases at “Outer Rim” expansion for March
As the first new Star Wars video game in years, there’s been a lot of pressure on the third iteration of Battlefront to be perfect. All this has made the glaring issues with gameplay that much more frustrating for fans of the franchise. A patch pushed just this last week though has proven to be the most dramatic and effective step toward perfecting the new Battlefront, marked by some much-needed fixes for the Fighter Squadron mode, and a brand new large-scale Hoth map. The icing on the cake: the first teaser image for the “Outer Rim” DLC landing in March, set to take place in Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine.
2. Details on deleted scenes from The Force Awakens
We’ve known about at least three deleted scenes from The Force Awakens for a while now. Once it releases on DVD/Blu-ray in March, we’ll finally have the whole story. According to TFA editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, “there are maybe seven or eight” deleted scenes that will be included in the release, confirmed in an interview with The Independent. While there won’t be a way to watch The Force Awakens with those scenes inserted into the story, it’s still exciting to know there are at least seven never-before-seen additions to the movie coming down the pipeline.
3. Disneyland unveils concept art for upcoming Star Wars expansion
Disney has been slowly assimilating Star Wars into its massive empire for years now. For the final step in that process, it pulled back the curtain on a huge expansion plan for its theme parks. Illustrations debuted in an ABC special show us plans for new rides, a full-blown alien cantina, and tons more. It’s nothing you wouldn’t expect from Disney’s cash-cow franchise, and soon, fans will get to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe firsthand. You can peep the concept art illustrations here, and the full ABC special over in this direction.
4. Cinelinx dives into the Star Wars video games that never were
There’s a long history of Star Wars in the realm of the video games that dates all the way back to early gaming systems. What’s even more fascinating than that though is the veritable treasure trove of games that never made it past the development stage. Cinelinx recently sat down with a former LucasArts creative director, who shed some light on one of the busiest periods of creation the company ever experienced over a decade ago.
“In late 2004, we were focus testing/developing a ton of different concepts — over two dozen in all over about a 6 month period,” he told Cinelinx, including a game featuring the son of Luke Skywalker, Ben, as the main character. That particular game was in fact the original “Episode VII” story, titled Shadow of the Sith. It was meant to tie in the expanded universe novels to the films, while continuing the Star Wars story post-Return of the Jedi. For all intents and purposes, it sounds like it would have been awesome.
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