Today sees the launch of GOG.com’s Big Winter Sale, offering over 500 games for up to 90% off, and mystery games worth between $9.99 and $34.99 being sold for £1.99/$3; these mystery games are not included in the regular sale, and any games already owned the customer (via GOG) will be excluded.
The first wave of the sale includes some big bundles, available for the next 48 hours. The packages include:
Star Wars Blaster Bundle (Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, Star Wars Rebellion, Star Wars: Rebel Assault, and Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2) – £19.32 [60% off]
Star Wars Saber Bundle (Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack, Star Wars Starfighter, and Star Wars Battlefront II) – £15.60 [76% off]
Lucasarts Classics (Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, The Dig, Loom, Afterlife, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and Outlaws + A Handful of Missions) – £11.30 [75% off]
Other sale highlights include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (33% off), Kerbal Space Program (40% off), STASIS (50% off), and Metro 2033 Redux & Last Light Redux (75% off).
LucasArts help create a number of magnificent Star Wars games including Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Forces and Jedi Knight II. Sadly, their last few games were extremely disappointing and it seemed like the studio had lost its creative spark. In a rather surprising move, George Lucas sold the Star Wars rights to Disney and LucasArts was officially disbanded. Tragically, they had commissioned Free Radical to make Battlefront III, which from the leaked footage, looks phenomenal.
EA and DICE eventually acquired the Star Wars license and created their own version of Battlefront. However, there have been some concerns regarding the game’s DLC model, lack of space battles and core gameplay. Today, a video containing unseen footage from Battlefront III’s cancelled PC edition has just been released. While graphically showing its age, the chaotic space battles cater to every Star Wars fan’s wildest dreams.
It’s unknown if the remaining assets will be released via videos or publicly available to download and play. I would love to see if there’s any more footage showing Battlefront III and it’s possible some modders could try to produce an unofficial version. Despite this, EA’s Battlefront is the official product and only time will tell if it matches the expectations of Star Wars fans.
Calling all Star Wars fans, you know what you’re getting into here. Lucasarts has announced a new deal ready for the unofficial Star Wars day; ready? They plan on re-introducing some of the classic games onto the PC with previously announced partner Good Old Games (GOG.com) and new partner, Steam.
The games in question are those from the X-Wings and TIE Fighter series, some pretty old school space sims on offer to go with the back catalogue of games already offered by both vendors.
So GOG.com has given you the reasonable (and easier) choice of two bundles, the Blaster Bundle and the Saber Bundle; I know which I would go for. Steam on the other hand has just given you some Force tingling deals across the entire range with some pre-defined bundles as standard; check out the deals on the Steam sale page.
So who can’t wait for the next film instalment? Are you furiously watching the old sagas in preparation so you can walk into the cinema with your hood over your eyes and constantly repeat phrases? Are you going to be suited and booted with your light saber in hand? Why not let us know in the comments or over on our forums.
EA’s recent announcement states that it has an exclusive license to publish and develop Star Wars games. EA studios DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will both make new games in the popular sci-fi franchise, and BioWare (Star Wars: The Old Republic) will once again work on Star Wars games. Disney will retain the rights to create titles on mobile, social, tablet, and online, while EA will be making “core” games on the PC and consoles.
This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come. Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.
Disney co-president John Pleasants
Last month, Disney shut down LucasArts, the developers that had been working Star Wars games like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. Disney said they would license out the property to external developers and publishers.
Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau
EA has attempted to negotiate with LucastArts in the past and perhaps those deals led to this one. There is no word on whether EA will do anything with LucasArts unfinished games Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault though.
The staff of LucasArts received a notification that Disney is shutting down the developer. As of now, 150 people are laid off, specifically those were working on an existing projects called Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, therefore most likely cancelling the game. The name “LucasArts” will still be used by Disney as a license for games, but the heart of the company, the game studio, will shut down.
In a Statement, LucasFilm, parent company of LucasArts said “After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”
Disney bought LucasFilm during October 2012, where they even acquired LucasArts and Star Wars franchise in the process. Back then, Star Wars 1313 was announced, but it seems that the game will not be completed.
There is a possibility that “Star Wars” games will be made by other game developers. In the past, the title’s licenses were sold to other game developers and had a taste of good success, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Battlefront which were made by BioWare and Pandemic Studios. But LucasArts did try to make a game “The Force Unleashed”, but the sequel didn’t excite like how BioWare and Pandemic Studios’ games did.
LucasArts is also responsible for many well known game titles, such as Indiana Jones game franchise and Monkey Island adventure games.