The AVClub put together a wonderful round up of unreleased video game news. Did you know about the Darth Vader spin-off of Rogue Squadron, or the game focusing on Chewbacca's years as a bounty hunter during the "dark times?" If not, this is must-read, must-watch stuff. There are links, there are videos, and there will be tears over the things you've missed. Click here to check it out. It's called "George Lucas ruining a Chewbacca game was just one of LucasArts’ woes."
While there was fear of Disney burying the past of LucasArts, it turns out that there's still gold in them thar hills - $9.99 worth, to be exact. X-Wing and TIE Fighter are both up on GOG.com along with other Lucas titles like KOTOR, Sam & Max, and a few more. Click here to check them out - you too can buy them and they'll sit on your hard drive unplayed with hundreds of other cheap games you got on Steam last year.
After rumors and some confusion, a few reviews surfaced today confirming that it was indeed available to purchase! The iTunes Store has Knights of the Old Republic for your iPad. The 10-year-old game is $9.99. A story at Time.com talks about how IGN had a review up before the game was officially announced. And you thought it was bad when Walmart got an exclusive before Hasbro announced it! (Well, yeah, it is.)
Now that LucasArts is out, StarWars.com confirms EA is in. Electronic Arts is one of the biggest video game publishers of all time with quite the reputation. EA has a massive warchest and marketing reach to match, but has pioneered a number of gamer-unfriendly innovations while cultivating some of the greatest franchises of recent memory.
With all sorts of goodies leaking out lately, Kotaku posted a big article on the final months of LucasArts which, in and of itself, would be a good read. The icing on the cake is Battlefront III video footage, showing off some of the vehicles and weapons which may have been in the final, now-not-coming build.
In a frustrating "now you tell me!" kind of a way, Slashfilm has information indicating that the most-likely-canned game Star Wars 1313 was recently retooled by order for George Lucas himself to have Boba Fett as the lead character.
If you're looking to muck around with the guts of a PC classic game this weekend, you're in luck! Activision and Raven released the source code for Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II this week. And you know what that means! (And if you don't, that's OK, you probably won't want to read the rest of the story.)
LucasArts was best known to fans as what confused people thought was the true name of the company Lucasfilm, but in reality it was the entertainment software branch of George Lucas' media empire. For much of its early life it was known as Lucasfilm Games, which spawned numerous memorable computer games like The Curse of Monkey Island, TIE Fighter, Maniac Mansion, and more recently Grim Fandango. Today, we learned that Disney will be shuttering the developer, instead licensing out its characters to other developers. The fate for Star Wars 1313 is not completely known although some reports have indicated it was far enough along to finish while others say it will be axed.
This week in Galactic Hunter Video Theater we're going to look at the biggest source of new footage in the 1990s with Star Wars Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire! This was a PC game which was ported to numerous platforms, including the original Playstation (which is where I played it). You played the disgustingly generically named "Rookie One" through a story which, I must confess, I had completely forgotten before perusing this video again. Like most Star Wars games in the 1990s, you get a ton of musical cues from the films and a story which basically remixed action scenes and space battles from the films with a few new bits and pieces, essentially letting you control a remixed version of the Star Wars trilogy. (As back then, there were only three movies.) Check out over 40 minutes of questionable acting and even worse special effects after the break!