Watch Darth Trevor and Michael Kenobi fight it out
Like almost everyone we know, we love both Star Wars and GTA 5, so we couldn’t click fast enough to get through to this fan-made video that brings them both together. The 64-second clip shows „Darth Trevor“ fight „Michael Kenobi“ in the arid deserts of Blaine County, San Andreas.
Unfortunately this isn’t a playable mod – as creator Boris the Blade points out, the video combines footage recorded in game with some seamless post-production work in Adobe After Effects. Let’s hope Rockstar incorporates something like this in time for GTA 6.
We won’t spoil the plot of the clip for you but there are one or twists along the way – both Trevor and Michael look like they’ve had plenty of time to master the Force, showing off Skywalker-esque skills mixed with a decent dose of traditional Grand Theft Auto attitude. Apparently the video took a month and a half to make.
By the time you’ve watched it through a couple of times, you’ll be two minutes closer to the grand opening of The Force Awakens: the seventh film in the Star Wars saga appears in cinemas on 17 December in the UK and Australia, and on 18 December in North America.
As you probably already know, the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped today, and it’s everything we could have hoped for … and then some.
Can you feel my Dark side penetrate you?
There’s a lot going on in the new trailer, which is made up almost entirely of new footage.
Featuring Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, the adorable BB-8 droid, rebel fighters and TIE Fighters and much, much more, the trailer, much like the ones that have preceded it, delivers an incredible amount of heart mixed in with all of its spectacular action.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to select our five favourite bits from the new theatrical trailer – read on to find out if they match up to your favourite moments!
Not only do we get to finally hear Kylo Ren speak, we also get to find out what his ultimate goal is. Simply put, he wants to finish what Darth Vader started. Jokes on him, though – Vader clearly dropped his evil mission at the end of Return of the Jedi. Didn’t he see the movie?
Kylo Ren’s monologue is delivered over two shots – the first has him standing at the command deck of what appears to be a Star Destroyer while the next has him delivering said monologue to Darth Vader’s melted helmet (not a euphemism).
Sure, it’s not the X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter remake/sequel you’ve all been waiting for over the years, but would you settle for and X-Wing taking out a Storm Trooper like it’s the easiest thing in the world? Not sure what that Storm Trooper was thinking – he didn’t stand a chance!
Not entirely sure what’s going on here, except that Poe Dameron is clearly upset about something. We see Kylo Ren getting up close and in his face, then Poe lets out a (silent) scream as Kylo gives him the old „talk to the hand“ routine. It looks like it’s going to be a very emotional scene.
„There were stories about what happened,“ says an inquisitive Rey to the roguish gentleman known as Han Solo. „It’s true… All of it,“ he replies. „The Dark Side, the Jedi… They’re real,“ he says, as shivers roll up the spines of everyone who grew up watching this beloved franchise.
There really isn’t too much to say about this shot other than it looks unbelievably, awesomely, insanely cool.
It wouldn’t be a JJ Abrams production without the appearance of a red robot! Now if only we’d gotten the actual robot from the Bad Robot logo…
Anyways, this shot is very cool, in that it shows Han leading Finn and BB-8 somewhere interesting, but who resides there? It has loads of colourful flags hanging in front of it – could it be Leia’s place? Han’s? We’ll find out soon enough.
Here we get a good look at Leia’s face as she receives a loving embrace from Han. We can see that she’s crying, but what is she crying about? Is this the first time she’s seen Han in a long while? Did she receive some bad news? Is it regarding Luke? So many questions; so few answers!
This shot of Kylo and Finn approaching each other with lightsabers drawn is awesome and has all the makings of another classic Star Wars battle for the ages. Does Finn, a Jedi beginner, stand a chance against the likes of Kylo Ren? It seems unlikely, but you never know!
EA has announced the Star Wars Battlefront beta is set to begin October 8, but will only last up until the end October 12.
The beta, which is more of a technical test for game-maker DICE, will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be open to everyone.
The announcement of the beta also sheds some light on what we can expect from the game when it launches officially on November 17, with the beta to focus on three modes on three different planets.
You’ll be able to check out the 40-player battles of the Walker Assault on Hoth, which we have seen in trailers before, as well as the Drop Zone Sullust, which features 8v8 matches.
There’s also the online and offline split-screen co-op Survival Mission on Tatooine, which will have you facing hordes of Imperial forces – something we’ve also seen glimpses of in previous trailers.
Along with the game beta, players will also be able to test out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion app, which includes the Star Card perk system, but during the beta, you’ll only be able to access it via the web.
Facebook has joined YouTube in offering 360-degree videos to the masses – and there’s a brand new clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to help show off the newly launched feature..
As the name suggests, 360-degree videos let you peer in any direction while the action unfolds. You can view them in a VR headset, but they also work in web browsers (if you click and drag to view) and on standard smartphones (swipe or move the handset around).
It’s like a basic version of virtual reality, though you can’t control your position in the scene and there’s no depth perception (you feel like you’re in a round bubble rather than an actual world).
Content publishers like Facebook are positioning 360-degree video as a way into VR for consumers while we wait for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other headsets to launch next year. It’s relatively easy to make too.
As for the new Star Wars clip, it lets you explore the parched surface of Jakku on a speeder and fly past a Star Destroyer sunk in the sand. It’s an impressive use of the new tech and shows what’s possible – click and drag to move the point of view around.
The 360-degree videos are rolling out in the News Feed on desktop and Android now with iOS support coming soon. In the not too distant future you’ll be able to peer in any direction inside your friends‘ holiday and baby videos (assuming they have a 360-degree camera, of course).
The BB-8 droid isn’t the only hi-tech bit of merchandise hitting toy stores in the run up to the release of The Force Awakens this Christmas: Disney has also unveiled a pair of authentic-looking drones to let you take to the skies.
May the Force be with you!
The drones are manufactured by specialists Air Hog, and you can pick from the X-Wing famously piloted by Luke Skywalker or the Millennium Falcon that Han Solo and Chewbacca like to leap around the galaxy in.
Both drones come with authentic features and lights – the Millennium Falcon even has a special hyper-drive „stunt“, but we’re not sure exactly what that entails (presumably it doesn’t disappear in a puff of rocket smoke).
The two drones are part of a huge merchandising push on the part of Disney as the release date for JJ Abrams‘ movie draws closer, involving Lego spaceships, kids‘ costumes and full-size lightsaber toys you can use to battle the dark or light side of the Force as you wish.
A mammoth unboxing and unveiling session was streamed live over YouTube and various retail outlets are using the officially sanctioned Force Friday name to try and flog some Star Wars-related goodies – and we think these drones and BB-8 are the pick of the bunch.
Speaking of retail outlets, the X-Wing and Millennium Falcon drones are on sale now in the US for US$109.99 (roughly £72 and AUS$) and US$69.99 (roughly £46 and AUS$) respectively. We haven’t seen them appear elsewhere yet but we would expect them to be available internationally very soon.
Come December 18, IMAX is reserving all of its screen in North American IMAX cinemas, most screens across the globe for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Chewie’s hair and Jabba’s breath for „real“
Not only that, in this massive distribution deal, the Disney franchise reboot, which is set to include a sequence that was shot with an IMAX large format camera, will be the only film playing on IMAX screens for four weeks straight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
To put this into perspective, that adds up to 375 to 400 IMAX large format screens in North America, and more than 400 IMAX screen globally, along with the film playing at most other cinema chains.
„Star Wars: Episode VII is the ultimate crossover movie — it crosses over to everyone,“ IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told the publication.
IMAX made a similar exclusive deal four years ago for the Hobbit franchise, and though this deal for the Star Wars film isn’t surprising, it is still out of the ordinary.
It also means that other films will either have a much shorter IMAX run or not get an IMAX release at all during the four week run.
Still, it’s a smart move by IMAX, given that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will definitely draw in massive crowds.
EA’s DICE has just shown off some new Star Wars: Battlefront footage at Gamescom 2015, revealing a new mode called Fighter Squadron.
Chewie, we’re home!
As you might have guessed, this is an aerial combat mode, which your partake in 20-player dogfights using many of the franchise’s famous spacecraft.
You’ll even be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon or, if you’re fighting for the Imperials, Boba Fett’s Slave I. However, DICE explained that the fights will take place above the planet’s surface – they’re not space battles.
Fans were pleasantly surprised when the BB-8 robot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens rolled out onto the stage at the Star Wars Celebration last week. Like, „That thing is real?!“
Go for it, Star Wars fans!
Naturally most people’s next thought was how badly they wanted one of their own, and luckily the company behind BB-8, Orbotix, is going to deliver.
Orbotix is the maker of the Sphero, a toy robotic ball that users control from their smartphones.
Orbotix provided the technology behind the version of BB-8 used in the new Star Wars film, and the company is also designing the toy version, reports Gizmodo.
Based on a Fat Brain Toys page that went up earlier today and was promptly deleted it seems the consumer BB-8 will launch in September for around $150 (about £100, AU$195).
That’s unconfirmed, though, and for now the only official word is a gosphero.com landing page with a BB-8 silhouette, the sentence „This is the droid you’re looking for,“ and a form to enter your email address and receive updates.
Coincidentally – or maybe not, who knows? – a designer named Christian Poulsen revealed over the weekend that he had made his own jury-rigged BB-8 by slicing a Sphero open, inserting a magnet and putting a counter magnet inside a head made of what looks like styrofoam.
You might not have a spare Sphero lying around to experiment on, though, in which case it seems you’ll have to wait until the fall to terrorize pets and small children with your very own real life BB-8.