Classic space combat games Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: Tie Fighter are to be released digitally for the first time this week. The games were originally released by LucasArts in the 90’s and are considered to be among the best Star Wars games ever made.
Both games will be available via GoG (Good Old Games) priced at $10 each and as early as tomorrow, they will be in their special edition forms and upgraded to run on modern computers. The announcement was made in a forum post that has since been taken down as apparently the cat was let out of the bag a little prematurely. Other LucasArts games will also soon be coming to the service, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sam and Max and Fate of Atlantis.
The BBC has announced that it will be launching a new Doctor Who game online this week. Titled The Doctor and The Dalek the game will help teach children basic computer coding skills in accordance with the UK’s Key Stage 2 and 3 computing curriculum.
It features voicework from The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, as well as an original story written by Phil Ford. Jo Pearce of BBC Wales Interactive explained the concept of the game, saying:
Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained. The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming.
The game will be available on the CBBC website from Wednesday, you can watch the trailer below.
Bioware has used EA’s E3 press conference to tease the next game in the Mass Effect series. Some prototype footage of the game was shown as well as brief glimpses of what is presumably the new protagonist (shown above), although his face was covered throughout. His armour shows that he, like Commander Shepard, is N7.
The game will apparently involve exploring “a whole new region of space” which Bioware says was high on fans’ list of demands for the new game according to feedback. The developer seems to be satisfied with how the Mass Effect universe is shaping up on new consoles, commenting that “It looks fantastic”.
Bioware Montreal is developing the game, with Bioware Edmonton working on a completely new IP.
J.J. Abrams has today given us the first official look behind the scenes of Star Wars Episode 7, in a video created to launch a new charity campaign entitled Star Wars: A Force For Change.
The campaign aims to raise money for UNICEF by asking fans to contribute via the Omaze fundraising platform. There are different rewards available depending on how much you contribute, with the minimum being $10. Participants will also be entered into a competition to be in a scene of the movie, as well as meet director J.J. Abrams on the set in London.
The video also gives us our first look at a new Star Wars alien, and many fans will be pleased to see it was created with practical effects rather than CGI – which many feel was overabundant in the prequel trilogy.
For more details on the campaign visit omaze.com. You can watch JJ’s video below.
Bioware has revealed via Twitter that work on the new Mass Effect game has reached the midway point of development. The revelation came from Yanick Roy, studio director at Bioware Montreal, who was responding to a fan’s query about the game.
Little information has been released about the new game in the sci-fi series yet other than that it will be unrelated to Shepard’s story from the original trilogy and that Bioware is not referring to the game as ‘Mass Effect 4’. A few images were also shown on last year’s N7 Day.
Perhaps more details will surface at this year’s E3 which begins on June 10.
Syfy is adapting space opera novel series “The Expanse” for television, Syfy President Dave Howe has announced. The Expanse was written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S. A. Corey. The first novel in the series, “Leviathan Wakes” was nominated for a Hugo Award and a Locus Award, while the second, “Caliban’s War”, was also nominated for a Locus Award. The story is set two hundred years in the future and “follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”
Syfy has ordered a ten episode series which will be produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG). Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot episode and will continue to work on the series as writers and executive producers.
ATG President Sharon Hall said of the project:
The Expanse is an addictive, sophisticated, character-driven franchise and Mark and Hawk are the perfect people to steer it. Their script is a totally immersive and accessible sci-fi journey. We are thrilled to be in business with Syfy on this venture.
The Expanse joins other shows such as 12 Monkeys, Z Nation and Ascension in Syfy’s current drive to produce exciting new content.
Acclaimed sci-fi horror game Dead Space is currently available for free on Origin through the service’s ‘On the House’ program. The offer will last until 8 May 2014. Since it’s launch in 2008 Dead Space has been followed by two sequels, however the original is still considered the best by many so grab it for your PC while the offer lasts.
EA is planning on adding more games to the On the House program in the coming months so watch this (dead) space for further announcements.
Official information about Star Wars Episode VII has been pretty thin on the ground, with new rumours springing up online on a seemingly daily basis, however Lucasfilm has finally decided to treat fans to a few tidbits about the movie.
It was announced via starwars.com that the movie will begin principal photography in May 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios. It has also been confirmed that it will be set roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which makes sense considering the age of the original trilogy’s stars, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, who are said to be returning. The movie will centre around “a trio of new young leads” alongside “some very familiar faces”.
There is still no official casting news on any of the movie’s leads, with Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o the most recent names to be linked to roles.
Star Wars Episode VII officially hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
The BBC has announced that Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty) is to star in an episode of Doctor Who. Hawes will play Ms. Delphox, who is described as ‘a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.’ The episode will see the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) ‘come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.’
Steve Thompson, who wrote previous Doctor Who episodes Journey to the Centre of the Tardis and The Curse of the Black Spot, is on writing duty while Douglas Mackinnon, who worked with Hawes on Line of Duty, will direct.
Keeley Hawes said on landing the role:
I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.
While Showrunner, Steven Moffat, added:
Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.
The announcement was made at midnight on Doctor Who’s official Facebook page, which could hint at an added importance for the character, with such announcements usually reserved for major news such as Matt Smith’s departure. With Hawes’ character having a ‘dark secret’ could she be someone from the Doctor’s past? We may have to wait until the Autumn, when the new series premieres, to find out.