Star Wars Battlefront Update Tweaks Spawn Timers, Vehicle Behaviour Ahead of Release

EA has released an update for Star Wars Battlefront in time for the shooter becoming available to EA Access subscribers.

The new update bring the total size of Star Wars Battlefront on the PS4 to 20.88 GB. The patch notes, which were posted online by Reddit user TeRmRan19, reveal the extent of the changes. Take a look below to see them.

Version 1.01 Changes

  • Tweaked hero card spawn timers
  • General bug fixes for the partner system
  • Various fixes for getting stuck when existing Starfighters and ground vehicles
  • General crash and stability fixes
  • Online traffic performance improvements
  • Various text fixes for all languages
  • General bug fixes for both Missions and Multiplayer

Battlefront launches on November 17 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Some Xbox One owners, however, can play the game for a total of 10 hours now if they have an EA Access membership. If you have a subscription, you can start your download from the Xbox Games Store.

In addition to early access for upcoming games, EA Access members have a growing library of free games to play on demand. They can also save 10 percent on all EA digital content. EA Access memberships are available for $5/month or $30/year.

EA recently raised its initial shipment projections for the game from 9-10 million to 13 million. It has said it is aiming to appeal to fans of the shooter genre, as well as lapsed gamers and younger players.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Watch Missy Elliott's first video in seven years, 'WTF (Where They From)'

Missy Elliott has made her triumphant return to the world of music videos with a new single featuring Pharrell Williams, “WTF (Where They From).” It’s the first video she’s made since the clip for 2008 single “Ching-a-Ling,” and it’s serving as the first single for her upcoming seventh studio album, an LP that’s been in the making for almost a decade. At her creative zenith, Missy made some of the funniest, most visually absorbing videos in the medium’s history — my favorite is probably “Work It,” but you can make a case for another half-dozen picks — and “WTF (Where They From)” slots into that proud tradition. There are precocious, dancing children, fluid choreographed sequences, a selection of astounding outfits, and plenty of…

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The Force Awakens Writer to Leave Star Wars After Han Solo Movie

For many fans, one of the most exciting pieces of news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the announcement that screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was coming onboard. Kasdan was the co-writer of both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and his involvement with The Force Awakens suggested that it would be something special. But it now seems that Kasdan’s time with Star Wars is drawing to a close.

As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Kasdan was interviewed recently by the German newspaper Bild, where he stated “I did four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.” The piece goes on to report that he plans to return to directing. Kasdan’s earlier films include the likes of Body Heat, The Big Chill, and Silverado.

The fourth film will be the as-yet-untitled Star Wars spin-off movie about the young Han Solo, which Kasdan is writing with his son Jon and is set for a 2018 release. Kasdan was already working on the Solo movie when JJ Abrams approached him to help with The Force Awakens, following the departure of Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt.

In an interview with EW, Kasdan spoke about what drew him back to Star Wars, having turned down previous offers to work on the prequels with George Lucas in the late ’90s. “I thought, ‘Wow, okay, these people have lived–they’re in a different place in their lives, Han and Leia and so on. They’ve lived the same 30 years I have. What would that be like? How would you see things differently?'”

“And I was trying to figure out how I saw things differently, and one of the surprises is that you don’t learn all that much. You haven’t become much wiser than you were, and things are not clearer to you, and the world is just as confusing as it always was.”

The Han Solo film is being directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. In August, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discussed the approach that Kasdan and the filmmakers were taking towards creating a younger version of such an iconic character. “I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love,” she said. “We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015.

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Mac users forced to reinstall software after App Store security glitch

A security bug on Mac computers is forcing some Apple users to delete and reinstall software they’ve downloaded from the App Store. First spotted by developer Paul Haddad, the problem seems to be caused by an expired security certificate used by Apple to verify apps. The iPhone-maker has since issued a new certificate (with an expiry date of April 2035, according to The Guardian), but this hasn’t completely fixed the problem.

It’s not clear which apps the bug is affecting, with some users reporting issues with multiple pieces of software, and others, only a single app. Similarly, while some people have fixed the problem by simply disconnecting and reconnecting to the Mac App Store, others say the only reliable fix is to reinstall all of…

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System Shock Remake in Production, System Shock 3 Discussions Happening

Night Dive Studios, the team behind the recent Enhanced Edition re-release of System Shock, is working on a full remake of the game, in addition to discussing a brand new entry in the series.

In an interview with Fast Company, studio CEO Stephen Kick said it has “acquired the full rights to the franchise” and has been working with Robert Waters, the original concept artist, to reimagine his designs.

“Seeing the difference between his artistic abilities back then compared to now, and his ability to reinterpret those ideas, its just been really exciting for us,” he said.

The interview goes on to state a console version of the System Shock full remake is planned. Larry Kuperman, Night Dive’s head of business development, also added the studio is “having some conversations” about System Shock 3.

“To really do another game in that series is going to take resources and time and commitment that we don’t have, and it’s really not our core business,” he said, suggesting it may work with a third-party on the project.

System Shock 2, the last entry in the series, was first released in 1999.

Night Dive Studios has also published System Shock 2 on Steam, along with other classic games such as Sid Meier’s Colonization, The 11th Hour, and The 7th Guest.

System Shock and its sequel was originally developed by Looking Glass Studios. Ken Levine, considered as one of the key creatives behind the project, has since headed up the BioShock series, which is seen as a spiritual successor to System Shock and is published by 2K Games.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Poll: How much do you pay each month for TV and films?

I’m currently paying about $85 each month for access to movies and TV in my home. That edges up to more than $100 per month ($1,200 per year) when I factor in cinema visits. Some of my colleagues spend far less, usually between $0 (using a “shared” Netflix account) and $20 for both Netflix and Hulu accounts.

In the US, the average monthly bill for cable is $99.10, according to the Leichtman Research Group, a 39 percent increase since 2010. I’ve waited far too long to cut the cable cord (and almost 50 percent of my monthly bill) out of a misplaced, residual fear of missing out on some live event in the future. Sadly, without a “Spotify for TV and film” I have no choice but to subscribe to an a la carte menu of services.

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