The site itself is full of crashes, but Mojo has the info for you!
Update: The site is now back up and if you help Lucasfilm to spam your friends on misc. social networks with the news, you get to see more of a video showing stuff from the release.
The deal is apparently this: You can buy the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy in separate boxes, each containing three discs. Do you want to watch the new deleted scenes and other extra material, but want only one of the trilogies? Sucks to be you! In an effort to never let us forget they're a bunch of bastards, Lucasfilm will make the three extra discs available only in The Complete Saga box, containing all six films.
The sets will be available September 12th internationally and September 16th in North America. What follows is the special features breakdown from the press release:
Tingler's fought hordes of Lego bricks to bring you Mojo's review of Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.
We're not the greatest around here to report on news regarding Star Wars: The Old Republic, but here's a couple of titbits:
Senior Environment Artist Robby Lamb has posted a new Studio Insider where he talks about polishing the game environment. Unlike a bad game critic, he goes into details on what polishing entails and what he does as a part of that process. Like a bad game critic, he really loves to use that word. A lot.
Continuing the tradition of peddling as much Star Wars merchandise as possible, two spin-off novels have already been released with a third in development. It's title has finally been revealed and it's Revan. There's a Q&A with the author and things on the official page.
This means only one thing: We need to create a donation button on Mojo so we can begin to save up for our Death Star. We have to stay one step ahead in the quickly growing field of building Star Wars technology!
"Excel sheets don't work for us very well because they're so big, so we have to build very robust processes," Mitchell said. "The more specific you are about your process, the better the tools you're going to get out of it. You're going to build a better GUI and better cinematics design tools if you're specific about what you need for localization up front."
Better news: Tim Schafer is currently exploiting a well-deserved invite to host the GDC for the second year in a row. There's probably already some good footage on the net somewhere, and maybe we can be bothered to find it for you once the show's finished.
*Figure may have been confused with the population of Chicago
I personally think that it's more than coincidence that this new release date coincides with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's brand new handheld console. Being one of the only good games in a short launch line-up for an inevitably popular console will mean that people will flock to it (I know I will), but not if they've already bought it on other systems.
The game will be on every platform barring the dead PS2 (so PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, Wii, DS and 3DS), and I'm still waiting for them to notice that an iPhone version would be incredibly popular too. We'll try to have a review up around then.
And you naysayers thought LucasArts wasn't up to anything.
I'm torn between the different classes available to take. My mind tells me one of the Jedi classes, but I fear too many will flock to that. Maybe I should be a smuggler. Hopefully will end up better than Han.
I haven't heard about Dromund Kaas since Mysteries of the Sith! </useless reference>
Your crew can specialize in gathering, crafting, and mission skills in order to open up a host of options to get better items and more credits.
Clicky here for the new crew skills page revealing some of the things your crew can get up to as well as a video.
Electronic Arts announced that it is taking over all publishing, marketing, and distribution responsibilities previously held by LucasArts Ltd. for upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
EA says it updated its global publishing agreement with LucasArts in order to have these publishing duties "centralized for efficiency", claiming that this will benefit customer service and other operations. LucasArts, as the licensor of the Star Wars property, will continue to collaborate on the online game's design and marketing.
So what exactly is LEC doing right now besides publishing LEGO Star Wars III? Well, it seems that they're working on a Star Wars Kinect title that will be available for the 360 Christmas 2011. "I've seen a bunch of the game and it's super compelling," declares a source.
Whatever went down behind the scenes, the result is a game that sometimes resembles a flavorless tech demo for The Force Unleashed – not a worthy successor. While there are certainly pleasures to be had in The Force Unleashed II, they come off as the dregs of a concept that has run its course. The series was bound to exhaust itself someday, but the fact that it happened this early is a brutal disappointment.
The story I found so captivating in The Force Unleashed, is dragged back into life for the sequel, undermining much of that epic tale's original take. The level design, while not broken, is something far worse: Bland. Even the voice acting, which I loved in the original game, started to grate on my nerves halfway through the surprisingly short jaunt.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II takes nearly every complaint we had about the original and fixes it or gives us something better. We finally feel like a proper, force-wielding one-man army. It’s still short and doesn’t take us on a truly grand tour of the Star Wars universe, but the storytelling holds up in quality and fits right in to the existing mythology.
Also in stores today is Ubisoft's CSI: Fatal Conspiracy, the fourth game in the series developed by Telltale. You can find it for PC, Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3. Mojo's review copy came in the mail today, so you won't have to wait too long with breath of the bated variety for our ever-valuable thoughts.
This would, presumably, have the same effect that the prequel trilogy did upon LucasArts - which is to say, they would make a whole bunch of Star Wars games. So if this Renaissance really gets going, don't hold your breath...
Of course, I might just be being needlessly negative. And it's just a rumour. George Lucas has done this kind of thing before, after all.
A soon-to-be laid off artist from EA, one EA Louse ("Lou" to his friends), has detailed, I suppose in a moment of frustration, some of the shabby things going on in their game development - things that may involve Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's a fascinating read, and there's more fascination to be found in the comments section.
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