EA Misses Getting Giant Bags of Money With Star Wars: Battlefront II – Plans To Reintroduce Microtransactions Soon

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Oh EA, why must you hurt us so…

While Star Wars: Battlefront II, the embattled multiplayer first person shooter from DICE, sold a whopping nine million copies, it fell a million short of EA’s conservative ten million estimate, and considerably below the three-month opening sales of the previous title. The game has also fallen short in terms of revenue, prompting EA to confirm that microtransactions will be returning to the game soon.

After hastily removing the ability to buy crystals, virtual currency for the lootbox-driven progression mechanic of the game, hours ahead of the game’s launch, EA promised that they would bring them back once they figured out how to better make them fit into the multiplayer game. Today, EA explained that the microtransactions will be returning within the next few months.

Additionally, EA CEO Andrew Wilson was quick to clarify that the supposedly acrimonious row between the publisher and Disney was fictional and their relationship was no weaker for the controversy. “You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the press,” explained Wilson. “We have a tremendous relationship with Disney and we have built some amazing games together, and we have been very proactive with that relation in the service of our players.

“We’re at a point where, when we make the decision that we have the right model for players and our community, I have no doubt that we will get the support of Disney on that,” he said when discussing reintroducing the microtransaction model back into Battlefront II.

EA has revised their forecast to expect Battlefront II’s sales to hit its original 10-11 million goal by the end of the fiscal year, or the start of April. This number still puts it behind the first game in the same time frame, which sold fourteen million by that point.

Reshoots, Reshoots and more Reshoots

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Star Wars Trilogy New Hope Sketch Poster T-Shirt

Aside from the awesome title of the original article “The Han Solo movie now being “nearly all” reshoots proves that Ron Howard should have shot first”, this does have me a tad worried. Ron Howard does sort of rock so I still can’t wait to see what he can do.

Gamesrader has the full story.

Star Wars has caught a bad case of reshoot-itis. Symptoms include blurred directorial vision, hair falling out and, in the case of the Han Solo movie, a sudden loss of money if insider reports are anything to go by. This wasn’t just a cut-and-paste job after Chris Lord and Phil Miller’s firings either – it’s essentially a completely different movie under the helm of new director Ron Howard.

Star Wars News Net’s Resistance Broadcast podcast (via Screen Rant) has spilled the beans on what’s been going on behind-the-scenes on the reshoots. Two quotes stick out. First, the movie is now “nearly all” from the reshoots. Lord and Miller’s cut has been confined to, probably, that great big ditch in the desert where they buried those god-awful E.T games in the ‘80s.

If that’s the case, then it makes sense that Michael K. Williams had to leave the movie due to scheduling conflicts and you’ve got to wonder just how close the movie ends up being to its original idea. No one wants a horrible mish-mash of a script that doesn’t mesh with a completely fresh vision.

More worryingly for Lucasfilm’s coffers, the reshoots also allegedly cost “twice the budget.” When you think about Star Wars: Rogue One only being salvaged from considerable reshoots, and ending up costing a total $200m overall, you’re bound to be looking at something north of that figure.

Could we be seeing our very first Star Wars flop in the making or can Ron Howard save the day? The director has been a great sport with teasing out several shots from the movie, but it could just be a case of distracting us from the great big worry that they’re throwing money down the Sarlaac pit. We’ll have to wait until 25 May, 2018 to find out.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is reportedly the longest Star Wars movie ever

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Star Wars has always been known for putting the epic in space epic, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi will surely be no different. When coupled with the rumoured runtime, however, you’re looking at being just over two months away from feasting your eyes on the longest Star Wars movie ever. Perfection.

And a break down of the times

Star Wars: A New Hope – 121 mins
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 124 mins
Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi – 131 mins
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – 133 mins
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – 142 mins
Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith – 140 mins
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 135 minutes
Star Wars: Rogue One – 133 mins
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 150 mins (unconfirmed)

So, not only would The Last Jedi be the longest Star Wars movie by a whole 8 minutes (though the interminable Attack of the Clones felt like 12 hours long, to be fair), it eclipses the original Star Wars movie by half an hour. At this rate, Star Wars 9 will be closing in on 3 hours.

Games Radar has the full story.

Celebrate Force Friday – Star Wars R2-D2 Knapsack & More!

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Show your love for the adorable droid from the Star Wars series when you carry this colorful Star Wars knapsack! The Star Wars R2-D2 Knapsack is white with adjustable straps, two exterior pockets and a pull tie closure with magnetic button snap. It features the blue and silver design of R2-D2, the loyal robot droid from the space opera movie series!

You can get the Star Wars R2-D2 Knapsack or a ton of other great Star Wars items here!

Carrie Fisher Sendoff In Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Be “Amazing”

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Star Wars Leia Painting T-Shirt

ABC News has the full story.

John Boyega, who says his character Finn has a lot of scenes with Fisher’s General (formerly Princess) Leia, explains that the sendoff for the “Star Wars” icon will be “amazing.”

“We really enjoyed each other’s company,” Boyega told Travers of working with Fisher. “I was in Nigeria when we found out [about her death]. It was a strange, strange feeling. I felt like everyone in the cast went silent for a bit after that … [But] this movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way.”

Fisher, 60, died last December after suffering cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

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Watch Now: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (International Trailer)

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Star Wars R2-D2 Mighty Fine Leggings

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast as Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikklesen who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk) stars as Captain Cassian Andor with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus,, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Mississippi Grind) as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.

George Lucas “I sold them [Star Wars] to the white slavers that take these things”

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Star Wars Force Awakens Characters T-Shirt Sheer

businessinsider has the full story:

When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it gave Disney ownership of the “Star Wars” franchise. At the time, Lucas had some ideas for how “Episode VII” could be told. But it seems once the papers were signed, Disney told Lucas to take a hike.

“They looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,'” Lucas said. “I said, ‘All I want to do is tell a story’… They decided they didn’t want to use those [my] stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'”

But it seems Lucas hasn’t been able to let go.

“It’s a very, very, very hard thing to do,” Lucas said about letting go of the franchise, as well as another Lucasfilm property that is now Disney’s, “Indiana Jones.” “You have to say, ‘I have to move on,’ and everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’ These are my kids.”

Rose then said, “Those were your kids … and you sold them.”

“I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and, and …” Lucas then stopped himself and laughed, probably realizing he was about to get himself into some hot water.

So it’s obvious that while “Star Wars” fans love “The Force Awakens” and it’s a box-office juggernaut, the “remakequel” style it’s in wouldn’t have been the path Lucas would have taken if he were still at the helm.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 1st to January 3rd


Huge upset this week! Star Wars beat the cash cow box office juggernaut Daddy’s Home, is what some version of me is saying in an alternate reality.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $88.3 Total: $740.2
2. Daddy’s Home $29.0 Total: $93.6
3. The Hateful Eight $16.2 Total: $29.5
4. Sisters $12.5 Total: $61.7
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $11.8 Total: $67.3
6. Joy $10.4 Total: $38.7
7. The Big Short $9.0 Total: $32.9
8. Concussion $8.0 Total: $25.3
9. Point Break $6.8 Total: $22.4
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $4.6 Total: $274.2