Play Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for Free This Weekend — Again!
Hey, remember that time Ubisoft held a free weekend for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege? Ah, good times.
Well, the good times keep rolling, as Ubisoft has announced that they’re doing it yet again! From now through November 18th (that’s this Sunday), players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will have access to the full game! All maps, modes, and the 20 original operators are yours to command.
As usual, those who give it a go this weekend and decide to purchase the full game will be able to carry over their progress and continue uninterrupted. And until November 30th, participants who decide to go for the full game will find they get up to 70 percent off of the Starter, Standard, Advanced, Gold, and Complete Editions (with the discount depending on the SKU and platform).
If you’re looking for something new and Canadian-made to try out for your virtual reality setup, Ubisoft has a possible solution for you. And if you don’t have a VR rig? That’s fine, too.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in a collaboration with Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and John C. Waller’s production company, SpectreVision, Transference is described as a “first-person exploration” game which sees you exploring a mysterious house and solving its mysteries. Along the way, you’ll encounter members of a family who each not only have their own story, but their own individual point of view regarding the events which took place there.
“Whether playing in VR or non-VR, players will find themselves in an escape room like situation inside the experiment of a troubled scientist,” explained Producer Kévin Racapé in a press release. “They’ll shift between the three perspectives of family members and attempt to find out the disturbing truth. Transference is a visceral, engaging experience, and we can’t wait for players to enjoy unraveling the mystery in this mind-bending psychological thriller.”
Rated “M” for Mature, Transference is available now for the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive virtual reality platforms, as well as in non-VR forms on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC at a suggested retail price of $33.49. There is also a free downloadable demo which serves as a prequel titled “The Walter Test Case” that is currently available for the PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 (non-VR).
If you’d like more information about Transference, please visit the official website.
This weekend, Ubisoft is hosting another free weekend, this time for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Through September 23rd, players can access not only the full base game, but also the “Ghost War” player-versus-player (PVP) and special themed player-versus-everyone (PVE) missions.
Once the free weekend has elapsed, those interested in purchasing the game can choose from two newly-released editions:
- The Ultimate Edition will cost $146.99, and includes the game, the Year 1 season pass (includes the two major expansions, “Narco Road” and “Fallen Ghosts”), the Year 2 season pass (grants one-week early access to all six Year 2 “Ghost War” PVP classes and special edition packs), and exclusive perks (special weapons and attachments, four Battle Crates, one Skill Point Pack, one Resource Pack, and one Long XP Booster).
- The Year 2 Gold Edition will cost $99.99, and includes the game and the Year 2 season pass.
Until October 2nd, various editions (including the two above) will be discounted for up to 60 percent off, while select Ghost Recon Wildlands merchandise can be as much as 75 percent off in Ubisoft’s online store.
On top of this, the game will soon be receiving Title Update 16, aka “Operations & Maintenance,” which is said to improve the overall quality of life in the game, and will also feature an update to the Year 2 season pass that offers a new item pack to owners of said pass with each future title update. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a new Mood Matchmaking feature included, which allows players to “further customize their co-op experience with “mood” preferences and options in public matchmaking for PvE in both the main game and Ghost Mode, helping players find and join other Ghosts ready to take on the same objectives.”
If you’re interested in more info, then head over to ghostrecon.com, or follow them on Twitter @GhostRecon or Ghost Recon on Facebook. You can also find what others are saying about the game by using the hashtag #ghostrecon.
On Saturday, August 4th, theRainbow Six Canadian Nationals held the Live Finals for their first season at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. There, Team Canada and the Northern Alpacas — the two best teams in the competition — squared off in a bid to win the top share from the $15,000 prize pool.
When the dust settled, one team stood victorious. The quintet of EvilWaffle, P3NG, Whiskerzz, FoxA, and EhhDannn — collectively known as Team Canada — took the crown and were named the champions of the inaugural Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals season.
With that said, registration is now open until September 21st for the Season 2 Open Qualifiers, which are scheduled to take place on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Following that will be an Online Circuit each weekend throughout the month of October, with the top-ranked teams going face-to-face in Toronto on November 3rd in a Grand Finale to determine who the overall national champion will be.
First up is Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition, which will come to the Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam, and PlayStation 4 on August 28th, 2018. If you missed out on its initial release last year, this version will contain all of the downloadable content, improvements, and other free updates that have come in the time since, including the removal of the controversial loot box system.
“Since Middle-earth: Shadow of War launched, we’ve continually looked at all of the feedback from our fantastic community and our fans, which has inspired us to keep improving the game and ultimately create a version that we are truly proud of,” said Monolith Productions’ Vice President of Creative, Michael de Plater, in a press release. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition brings together all of our free content updates and gameplay improvements, along with our Story and Nemesis Expansions, providing the very best experience for players. Whether you’re diving in for the first time or making your return to Middle-earth, there’s never been a better time to walk into Mordor.”
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition will feature the main game, along with the full Expansion Pass, including additional story campaigns, missions, playable characters, Orc tribes, weapons, abilities, enemies, a new region and much more.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War Main Game
- Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
- Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
- Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
- Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
Additionally, Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition will bring together a multitude of different enhancements and free content updates, from a richer campaign experience and streamlined post-game Epilogue to new player skins and the complete removal of the market, in addition to hundreds of other improvements since the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War. A snapshot of the updates available for players includes:
- Market Closure: Complete removal of the market and microtransactions.
- Updated Post-Game: Streamlined post-game Epilogue (formerly Shadow Wars) with new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king and Dark Talion, plus new Masks of the Nazgûl player rewards.
- Nemesis System Enhancements: Numerous improvements bringing further depth to combat encounters and player interactions, along with added traits and behaviors for Orc enemies, more Legendary Orcs to encounter and more ways to get Training Orders.
- Powering Up: Follower level cap has been increased to 80, enemy Captain level cap has been increased to 85, greater XP rewards, new Prestige skills, upgrades and more.
- Gear Upgrades: Players can now use Mirian to raise the level of a piece of gear to their current level and use gems to re-roll abilities.
- Skins: Added player skins for Celebrimbor, Eltariel, Dark Eltariel, Baranor and Serka.
- Online Pit Fights & Conquests: Added search feature to challenge specific players’ Overlords and fortresses in Friendly Mode.
- Endless Siege: Added feature to defend fortresses against never-ending waves of Sauron’s forces.
- Rebellion: Added feature to crush rebel Ologs and Uruks who undermine the Bright Lord.
- Photo Mode Upgrades: Capture every battle with new filters, frames and textures.
- Difficulty Levels: Added Brutal and Gravewalker difficulty levels.
- Player Stats: Added player stats page to track in-game enemy kills, dominations and betrayals.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition will be available August 28th, 2018 for $79.99 CAD. Note that only the main game will be on the disc if you purchase a physical version, with the remaining content requiring an online connection to download. For more information about the game, be sure to visit the official website.
In addition, fans of the Scribblenauts series can look forward to a new two-in-one release of Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure as the Scribblenauts Mega Pack for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Not only will this include both classic Scribblenauts titles, but bonus content for both games as well.
Scribblenauts Unlimited fosters unlimited creativity, exploration and social elements that create a fun experience for fans of all ages. The game features a huge side-scrolling open world with high-definition, hand-drawn scenery and objects where players can help the game’s hero, Maxwell, solve robust puzzles and challenges by summoning any object they can imagine. Scribblenauts Unlimited has been updated with two new bonus levels, supports online sharing of user-created objects, updates two-player mode, and features a new easy-to-use “sunflower” style text entry system. The new Zed Zeppelin level lets players battle sky pirates and work with crew members to keep the dirigible safe while the new Land of Sweet Hyperbole level allows players to drive around in a candy car and interact with candy neighbors.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure melds the boundless creativity of Scribblenauts with thousands of DC characters and objects – all drawn in the distinctive Scribblenauts art style. In the game, Maxwell comes to the aid of the mightiest DC Super Heroes BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™ and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE™ as they face the fiercest DC Super-Villains, such as THE JOKER™, LEX LUTHOR™ and SINESTRO™. Fueled by the player’s imagination, where anything they write comes to life, Maxwell must use his magic notebook to summon heroes and tools to stop the villains’ evil schemes and save the universe. In his imaginative and comical quest, he must travel to iconic DC locations such as GOTHAM CITY™, METROPOLIS™, ATLANTIS™ and two new bonus locations, TITANS TOWER, under attack by the formidable demon Trigon, and BELLE REVE, the base of operations for the Task Force X. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure has also been updated with hundreds of new DC characters, objects and costumes.
The Scribblenauts Mega Pack will arrive on September 18th, 2018 at a price of $49.99 CAD. To learn more about this release, as well as Scribblenauts Showdown, be sure to visit the official website.
Warner Bros. Interactive is holding a contest leading up to the release of Hitman 2 in which you could get into the game. Well, your face, at least.
To prove your worth, you’ll first need to pre-order Hitman 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Steam. This will grant you access to the standalone “Sniper Assassin” mode, which is free to play now in early access. Then you’ll need to register for an IOI account in order to enter the contest.
As Agent 47, you’ll be playing in “solo” mode in the Sniper Assassin mode, and aim for not just your targets, but the high scores via the in-game leaderboards. Upon the competition’s conclusion on November 6th, 2018, those who have managed to net the top score for each respective gaming platform will be determined.
You probably figured this out by it even being mentioned here, but this competition is indeed open to Canadians — minus Quebec:
***PURCHASE NECESSARY. YOU MUST PRE-ORDER THE HITMAN 2 VIDEO GAME PRIOR TO 7:00 AM UNIVERSAL TIME COORDINATED (UTC) ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018 TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST. Open only to legal residents of the United States of America, Canada (excluding Quebec), Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Netherlands (excluding Dutch Caribbean), Belgium, Australia and New Zealand who are at least 18 years of age and who prior to July 24, 2018 have Internet access, a valid e-mail address, an IOI Account, and either PlayStation® Network, Microsoft PC or Xbox One™ equipment and account. Contest begins on or about 7am UTC on 2018/24/07 and ends 7am UTC on November 6, 2018. Visit https://hitman.com/competition for complete official rules for full details. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc., 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 160, Burbank, CA 91522 USA.
For further rules and details, be sure to check out the official contest webpage.
Hitman 2 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam on November 13th, 2018. For more information on the game, visit the official website, or check them out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch.
Do you love eSports? Are you a good shot? Then maybe you’ll want to try your luck in the Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals, presented by Ubisoft and Northern Arena.
Over the course of two seasons starting this month, teams of Canadian players will face off in the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege as they vie for a piece of the prize pool, which is valued at $15,000 CAD.
Each season begins with a two-day open qualifier, with Season One running on June 23rd and 24th, whereas Season Two will be on September 22nd and 23rd, and online league play for each will occur every weekend of the respective following month. A point-based system will be used to determine the winners over these eight days, spread across four weekends.
The two top-ranked teams for each season will go on to face each other in a Grand Final, with Season One’s being in Montreal on August 4th and Season Two’s held in Toronto on November 3rd. The winner of Season Two will be the national champion of Year 1.
“eSports is one of the most important and fastest growing industries globally, and we are proud to partner with a renowned Canadian organizer like Northern Arena to continue to build eSports in Canada,” said Ubisoft Canada’s Managing Director, Olivier Ernst, in a press release. “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a Canadian-developed game and we are excited to help more Canadians perform at higher competitive levels. Partnering with Northern Arena allows us to offer a competitive eSports playground for Canadians, by Canadians.”
“eSports is our passion and partnering with Ubisoft, one of the leaders in video game publishing, is an honor for us,” added Northern Arena Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carl-Edwin Michel. We are excited to create this organized platform for the growing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six community in Canada. We look forward to fostering the amazing talent developing all over the country.”
For further updates as they develop, fans and those interested in participating are encouraged to follow Northern Arena and Ubisoft Canada on Twitter. To register and learn more about the competition, be sure to visit http://northernarena.ca/rainbowsix/. You can also learn more about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege on its official website and Facebook group.
From 8am UTC on Thursday, May 31st until 8am UTC on Monday, June 4th, selected players on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will have the opportunity to partake in a closed beta for The Crew 2. (Those selected will be able to pre-load the game beginning May 29th.)
During the closed beta, players will experience the first level of the progression system as they compete in races across all first four disciplines – Street Race, Rally Raid, Powerboat and Aerobatics – against the backdrop of a fully redesigned USA, via land, water and air. To create more adrenaline-fueled experiences, players can use the Fast-Fav feature and instantly switch their vehicle type depending on the type of terrain they will encounter: an airplane flying underneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge can turn into a boat with the touch of a button. Fueled by original series, exclusive events, top personalities and leading experts, Motor Trend is the #1 destination for automotive super fans via the Motor Trend app on iOS/Apple TV, Google Play, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast and Amazon platforms or via MotorTrend.com.
Sound good? If you’re interested, then head on over to thecrewgame.com/beta to sign up for a chance to take part.
Hey, remember that time Ubisoft Canada had a free weekend of For Honor? Good times.
So good, in fact, that they’re at it again. This time, however the game du jour is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. And it’s happening this weekend, from May 17th to May 20th.
As before, you’ll have access to the full game, and your progress will carry over to the full version, should you decide to purchase it. To help you along with that decision, participants will receive up to 50 percent off the purchase of the Standard, Advanced, Gold, and/or Complete Editions from May 17th to 21st on the PC, and up to May 28th on consoles.
For more information about the free weekend, visit rainbow6.com/freeweekend.
In addition, Ubisoft Canada has announced that two new Italian operators and a new map known as “The Villa” will be introduced alongside “many gameplay improvements,” such as a “Pick & Ban” feature, in the upcoming “Operation Para Bellum.” The full reveal of Year 3 Season 2’s content will be made at the Pro League Finals in Atlantic City, from May 19th to 20th.
For more news on that and everything else Rainbow Six, visit www.rainbow6.com.
Ubisoft Canada has announced that beginning May 3rd and running through May 6th, players across the Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 will have the opportunity to check out Ubisoft Montreal’s hack ‘n slash action fighting game free of charge.
The full game will be yours to explore, from a campaign playable solo or with a friend in online co-op to all of its many multiplayer modes. So pick your favorite from the original roster of 12 distinct heroic individuals, and have at it!
Since its release on February 14th, 2017, there has been more than a year of updates to the game, including five seasons’ worth of content, making now the ideal time for new and returning players alike to check out the game as it stands today. There’s even been a recent deployment of dedicated servers, which Ubisoft says will enable the most stable and balanced version of the game to date.
Over the course of the free weekend, players can take part in the Warrior Training Program, which rewards existing and new players alike for working together. “Seasoned warriors who complete five matches while grouped with Free Weekend players (who do not own the game) will receive two weeks of revamped Champion Status, valued at 8,000 Steel, which will deliver even more XP boosts to players and their team as well as more loot following a match,” says the press release.
Those who decide to stick around after the free period will have the opportunity to take advantage of a discount of up to 75 percent off of the For Honor game in all available digital storefronts before May 15th, keeping progress made over the free weekend in the process. For further details, please visit the For Honor official website’s Free Weekend page.
Oh, and if you’re into checking out livestreams before diving in yourself (or for any other reason, really), the Warrior’s Den livestream will kick off the weekend at 6pm ET on May 3rd at twitch.tv/ForHonorGame. Players will be able to participate in Twitch Drops, and are guaranteed three scavenger crates after watching the stream for an hour. What’s more, they’ll be entered for a chance to win 100,000 Steel every 10 minutes. More information about activating Twitch Drops can be found here.
A worldwide contest was recently announced by Univeral Games and Unity Technologies, the “Universal GameDev Challenge,” which is sponsored by Microsoft and Intel. The goal is to reach out to Unity developers around the world to build a PC game which utilizes one of five of the following intellectual properties owned by Universal: Jaws, Battlestar Galactica, DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, Turok, and my personal favorite, Back to the Future.
The winner and the runner-up will not only take home a combined cash prize worth $250,000, but also a consulting contract with Microsoft, Unity, and Universal.
According to the announcement, “this marks the first time that Universal is providing developers with an open invitation to create games based on some of its most popular films and television shows. Independent game developers will have a unique opportunity to work on NBCUniversal IP and share their creative vision.”
What’s more, none other than Back to the Future co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer Bob Gale will be one of the four judges on the contest’s panel. Joining him will be Geogrify Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant Kate Edwards, Voltron Legendary Defender showrunner and Co-executive Producer for Dreamworks TV Lauren Montgomery, and GamesBeat Lead Writer Dean Takahashi.
“The partnership between Unity and Universal, with sponsorship from Intel and Microsoft, is the perfect blend of advanced hardware and software, combined with classic film and TV properties, which we believe will inspire our developer community to bring those brands to life in a game of their dreams,” said Unity Technologies Vice President of Marketing, Kat Strafford. “We can’t wait to see the incredible content that comes to life from the Universal GameDev Challenge.”
“The Universal Games Dev Challenge is an entirely new approach for entertainment and media companies to work with the indie game community,” adds Universal Brand Development Executive Vice President of Games and Digital Platforms, Chris Heatherly. “The incredible properties we are showcasing in this contest are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the vast portfolio of IP we have at NBCUniversal. This is a fresh and innovative way for us to find developers who are passionate about bringing those properties to life through games.”
It should be interesting (and hopefully exciting) to see what the indie gaming community comes up with for these properties. Some have already been featured across multiple video games before — Turok is especially notable in this regard, as he might even be better known today for his video game appearances than the comic books which spawned them. Meanwhile, Back to the Future has seen highs and lows, from the praised Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games on more recent platforms to the maligned Back to the Future for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and various others in-between. Jaws has seen even less fortune in this arena, with the most notorious being the NES title that came from the same publisher as that platform’s Back to the Future titles, the now long-defunct LJN.
Universal announced last year that they were significantly building up their games division with the intent of taking on a more active approach to both developing and publishing titles. The Universal GameDev Challenge marks one of their first “bold” steps moving forward.
For more information about the Universal GameDev Challenge, including rules, terms, how to submit your project, and more, visit the Unity Connect page here and click on “Briefing”. For the full press release, which includes the Challenge Timeline, visit BackToTheFuture.com.
Sea of Thieves for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC launches on March 20th, but starting today, you can embark on a journey to win some real treasure in the form of a bunch of UK Hallmarked 18-carat golden bananas, valued at £20,000 per banana.
Beginning today at 12:00am PT, a series of 15 riddles will be released, and on Wednesday, March 21st at 13:00 PT (1:00pm PT), participants will have seven hours to visit xbox.com/thebananaquest and input their answers for a chance at solving the final riddle on March 22nd. This Quest is worldwide, however, and the riddles will be scattered about both online and across several real-life locations, including Key West, Florida; London, United Kingdom; Berlin, Germany; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; and Victoria, Canada.
For more details and to register your crew, visit xbox.com/thebananaquest. They also say that this is the best place for viewing riddles as they’re released, but that you’ll want to keep your good eye on Xbox on Facebook, Rare, and local social channels (whatever that means — stuff like Xbox Canada on Facebook, perhaps?) as well.
As noted, Sea of Thieves comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs tomorrow, and will also be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch, too. And if you like, there’s still time to pre-order to get the exclusive Black Dog Pack (which contains clothing a salty dog such as yourself might find stylish, and items featuring “unique, spectacular designs”).
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO Group, and TT Games have announced several new updates for LEGO Worlds that will treat you to some new tricks.
The first arrives just in time for All Hallows’ Eve, as Monsters invade the Worlds of LEGO!
This trip down to Monster Town will cost you $3.99, allowing you to partake in scary quests, face (and perhaps flee from) creatures most terrifying, and speed past haunted houses in ghoulish vehicles. Just watch out for delinquent zombies, who are only to happy to treat themselves to your plastic yellow flesh! You’ll have to be extra-tricky to scare them off so you can repair their damage as only a Master Builder can.
And of course, while Halloween may come only once a year, you can enjoy this Monster Pack year-round.
Incidentally, if you decide to go in on the Nintendo Switch version at retail for $39.99, you’ll receive the Monster Pack as well as the previously-released Classic Space Pack, whereas the digital version found for $29.99 in the Nintendo eShop has it available separately, and it’s available for purchase on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam versions.
Next up is a free update which allows you to create and film your videos with the new Camera Car:
One or two players can make use of the vehicle, creating original action scenes or remaking favorite film moments in LEGO style.
Other new features added are covered in this video:
Among the highlights detailed in the press release are The Planner, which allows players to use various materials and pre-built wall types to build their LEGO structures faster and easier than before, while other tools have been upgraded “significantly” so that players’ enjoyment will be maximized. Revised search functionality should help make the Discovery Menu easier to navigate, and new shapes in the Landscape Tool should help improve how players edit their worlds.
If you’re interested in more about the game itself, at least as it initially launched, be sure to check out my review here.
David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.
In honour of the upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft is inviting fans across Canada to explore and discover the mysteries of Ancient Egypt in a mobile-first campaign.
By visiting ExploreAncientEgypt.com, you’ll be able to take a guided tour that will reveal worlds both dangerous and beautiful while also being treated to exclusive in-game content. Three unique tours are available (as described by the press release):
- Mysteries of the Ancient Kingdom – enter the bowels of the Egyptian tombs before anyone else.
- Into the Nile – discover the impressive and dangerous wildlife of Ancient Egypt on foot, horseback, and by boat.
- Extreme Egypt – brave sandstorms, slide down the Great Pyramid, and dive into the mighty Nile.
These interactive experiences will be available to Canadians until October 25th, and you’ll be able to share your own personal highlight reel of up to three 5-second videos by using a tool that will allow you to add your own filters and stickers before posting to social media with the hashtag #ExploreAncientEgypt.
What’s more, all those who participate will also have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including an Xbox One X console, and you can increase your odds by sharing your tale on social media.
Assassin’s Creed Origins arrives for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on October 27th. For more details about the game, please visit the official website.
David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.
A long time ago, on a generation of gaming platforms far, far away, Traveller’s Tales developed a new type of LEGO video game which took the six Star Wars movies and reimagined them in a more satirical format. The games appealed to fans of Star Wars young and old, and were met with great success, spawning an ongoing line of similarly-styled LEGO video games for years to come.
Another LEGO Star Wars game would come in 2011, based on The Clone Wars. Following that, however, it was as if millions of fans’ voices suddenly cried out for more and were suddenly silenced.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 for just about every current platform under the sun: Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Steam for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and even the PlayStation Vita will soon feel the power of the Force.
As the title implies, the game is based on the recent seventh episode in the popular film series, the first to come under the stewardship of the franchise’s new masters at Disney. More than just the film’s events will be covered, as untold tales building up to what you saw on the big screen will play out as well. What’s more, key members of the film’s cast such as John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and more have lent their talents to the game, providing new and original dialogue to enjoy.
Oh, and you can also play as BB-8:
A demo is available to download now as well.
To help build anticipation for the launch, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive invited members of the press out to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where demos of the closely-guarded game could be played on regular televisions as well as the enormous Rogers Centre video board — a feature which Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Star Wars fan R.A. Dickey took advantage of as he played alongside Emile Burbidge, the newest Chief Play Officer for Toys “R” Us Canada.
Their appearance at the event made sense; Burbidge for the obvious reasons, while Dickey helped represent the marketing push that Warner Bros. Interactive would be making at the stadium with signage around the field, including behind the home plate. The company stated that this was going to be one of their biggest releases of the year, and are quite intent on making sure people are fully aware of it.
David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.