Star Wars Battlefront II’s Multiplayer Gameplay Shown For First Time At EA Play 2017

2015’s Battlefront was a bit hit and miss with fans of the Star Wars franchise. One of the biggest take-aways EA had to work on for the sequel was the lack of content at launch.

Acknowledging this on stage this evening we heard that Battlefront II promises three times the content of its predecessor – taking all the multiplayer goodness that was in the original, building upon it, and slapping a hefty single player on top of that.

Battlefront II will cover all three eras of Star Wars, with the first official multiplayer trailer set during the prequels, with drones and clones fighting in Theed on the planet Naboo.

With regards to presentation and gameplay, serious revisions have been made, and Battlefront II looks to be taking an approach more similar to that of Battlefield this time around, with a new Battle Points system used to summon vehicles and heroes, rather than the pick-up tokens seen in 2015’s outing.

Battlepoints are continuously earned through the game, be that for kills, completing objectives or other tasks. Additionally, Battlefield’s character classes and customisation options have made their way over too, with Assualt, Heavy, Specialist and Officer classes each having their own load-outs and perks.

EA also revealed Battlefront II wouldn’t be getting a Season Pass, instead opting for themed DLC seasons, which would be free and available to all players.

The first themed content will be dropping in December, timed to coincide with The Last Jedi hitting cinema screens. Battlefront II players will see Finn and Captain Phasma as playable heroes and new maps based on Crait and D’Qar, as seen in the movie.

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II launches across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on 17th November 2017.

Star Wars Battlefront II’s Multiplayer Gameplay Shown For First Time At EA Play 2017

Vince Gilligan Working With Sony On Breaking Bad VR Experience

Vince Gilligan – creator of TV masterpiece Breaking Bad – is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation division to create virtual reality experience based around the show.

Details on the project are scarce, but we do know that despite PlayStation’s involvement, this is going to be an experience, rather than a traditional game.

“We set up a day at our campus where we brought seven of the best show runners [Sony Pictures Television] work with, like David Shore of The Blacklist and Ron Moore, who did Battlestar Galactica, Vince and some other folks,” says Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“And they just played around with VR. Several of them were intrigued, but Vince was the one who said, I really want to do something with this. I want to experiment with this.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment has increasingly been exploring beyond video games to expand their reach. In 2015, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television created Powers, an adaptation of the popular comic book, which ran for two seasons on PlayStation Network.

“I think [this] could be another interesting way to see how VR can drive towards the mainstream,” says House.

There’s no word yet regarding who’s on board by way of recognizable talent, but it’s hard to imagine a successful Breaking Bad experience without Walter White, Jesse Pinkman or Gus Fring. The project is still early in development, and will not release until at least 2018, Sony have announced.

Vince Gilligan Working With Sony On Breaking Bad VR Experience

He’ll Be Back: James Cameron Might Be Rebooting The Terminator

Filmmaker James Cameron is expected to regains rights to The Terminator in 2019, and is planning to work on a new film with Tim Miller, it’s been revealed.

Sources told Deadline that Cameron is in talks with the Deadpool director to conclude the battle between Skynet and humanity once and for all.

Cameron hasn’t been involved with The Terminator since selling the rights to the franchise for $1 before directing Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and subsequently moving on to other projects. He’s had no hand in the three films that have since followed, or the (actually rather good) TV spin-off series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Very little else is known, but Cameron has to finish another 4 Avatar movies before anything else, so it’s likely to be a while until Arnie – presumably – is back in black.

He’ll Be Back: James Cameron Might Be Rebooting The Terminator

The Crystal Maze Is Coming Back To TV, Richard Ayoade Will Host New 20 New Episodes

After a successful one-off revival as part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign in October it has been announced that cult TV show The Crystal Maze is to return to screens for a full length run.

The new series will see IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade take over from Stephen Merchant (and more famously, Richard O’Brien) on presenting duties, for 20 hour-long episodes.

Unlike the recent celebrity fronted special, which was filmed at London’s Crystal Maze Live attraction, the new shows will see regular Joe Public take on challenges in a purpose-built maze spanning over 30,000 feet, devised by the original production designer James Dillon.

The planned air date of the new episodes has yet to be announced.

The Crystal Maze Is Coming Back To TV, Richard Ayoade Will Host New 20 New Episodes

Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Dies Aged 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress known to millions as Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa, has passed away this morning, days after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to LAX, a family spokesperson has confirmed.

Fisher was on a flight from London to LAX Friday when she suffered a heart attack shortly before landing, and had been in hospital since. The actress’ family had said she was in “stable condition”.

A statement released today by family spokesman Simon Halls reads:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”

Fisher was of course, Princess Leia, but she’d also starred in “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Postcards from the Edge” and many, many more, as well as doing amazing work off camera. She sadly also famously battled substance abuse throughout her life, and had troubles with bipolar disorder.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Dies Aged 60

Dick Van Dyke Will Feature In 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns

Dick Van Dyke has confirmed he will be making an appearance in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns, with “a little song and dance number”.

The now 91-year-old actor famously played cockney chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 classic.

“This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up. […] It’s a great cast – Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy (Lin-Manuel Miranda) from Hamilton.”

Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw have also signed up.

“I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number.

In the sequel, the children from the original Jane and Michael are grown up and are dealing with a “personal loss”, when they are visited again by their former nanny. The original Mary Poppins won four Oscars, including best actress for Julie Andrews as the eponymous nanny.

Mary Poppins Returns is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2018.

Dick Van Dyke Will Feature In 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns

The First Fast & Furious 8: The Fate Of The Furious Trailer Is Here

The first official trailer for the eight “Fast and Furious” movie has dropped – and Dom’s thoughts on family seems to have taken a massive u-turn!

The Fate of the Furious – see what they did there? – kicks off with the ‘Furious family returning to a somewhat normal life. Things, however, go for 0-60 pretty sharpish when Dom gets pulled back into a world of crime – and is playing for the wrong team!

Fast 8 sees returning stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Kurt Russell joined by Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, and Helen Mirren, of all people.

The Fate of the Furious races onto screens April 14th, 2017.

The First Fast & Furious 8: The Fate Of The Furious Trailer Is Here