The next Star Wars novels will flesh out the prequel era

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm assembled a panel of its authors to preview the next crop of Star Wars books and comics. With Episode IX yet to begin production, the next couple of novels will focus on the prequel era.

Ever since Timothy Zahn wrote Heir to the Empire in 1991, books have been a major part of the larger Star Wars franchise, expanding the story beyond the films and introducing new characters. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the past books and comics — the Star Wars Expanded Universe — were rendered non-canon. But ever since, publisher Del Rey has worked with the Star Wars Story Group to coordinate all the franchise’s new stories across its various media to ensure that everything fits together and…

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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New SoulCalibur 6 Trailer Reveals Voldo

SoulCalibur VI arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, this October, and Bandai Namco continues to slowly reveal more of the game’s roster in the run up to its release. The latest trailer shows off another fan-favorite character who’ll be returning in the upcoming installment: Voldo.

Voldo is one of five characters to have appeared in every main installment in the SoulCalibur series, debuting in 1995’s Soul Edge. As you can see in the trailer above, his latest incarnation is as unsettling as ever. Bandai Namco also shared a bit of insight into Voldo’s backstory to explain his eccentric mannerisms:

“Voldo was the right-hand man to Vercci, an arms dealer with the nickname ‘Merchant of Death,’ and was tasked to protect the Money Pit, where all of Vercci’s treasures were kept after his death. After spending years in the dark depths of the Money Pit, Voldo lost his eyesight but gained a heightened sense of hearing and awareness, making him extremely deadly to those who dared to enter the Money Pit in search of riches. Voldo’s fighting style is unmatched, as he contorts his body in unnatural ways and can even attack backwards, making him unpredictable and deadly in battle.”

Voldo is the fifteenth character announced for SoulCalibur VI thus far. Last week, Bandai Namco also confirmed that the wind priestess Talim also returns in the upcoming title, making this her first appearance in the series since 2008’s SoulCalibur IV.

SoulCalibur VI launches on October 19. In addition to its many returning characters, it features Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series, who will even be featured on the game’s cover. Witcher developer CD Projekt Red says it is working closely with Bandai to assure Geralt looks and feels authentic in the game.

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

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Star Trek: Discovery’s season 2 trailer teases Spock, Christopher Pike, and Tig Notaro

CBS held a big panel Friday for the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Discovery, offering the first look at the upcoming season of the show on CBS All Access.

Star Trek Discovery launched last year on the channel’s much-maligned digital platform, and was a new look for the Trek franchise: it broke a number of the series’ traditional conventions, and ended up being a much darker show than previous series installments, a move that has divided the fandom. The show, set about a decade before the original 1966 Star Trek aboard the eponymous USS Discovery, follows the disgraced Starfleet officer Michael Burnham as she works to redeem herself and her career after she’s found guilty of mutiny, stripped of her rank, and…

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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Cheap PC Games And Pre-Orders During This Summer Sale

Steam’s Summer Sale may have come and gone, but you can still get a ton of PC games on sale. The online retailer Green Man Gaming is doing a summer deals event of its own right now, with prices dropped on all kinds of games. Most of them come in the form of Steam codes, but the Ubisoft titles are locked to Uplay. Between now and August 2, over 5,000 games are on sale at GMG, with 24-hour Deals of the Day and 12-hour Flash Deals popping up regularly throughout.

The Resident Evil franchise is on sale, with up to 85% off games and add-ons. You can even pre-order the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake for $49. And while you’re in the mood to pre-order games at discounted rates, you can grab Dragon Quest XI for $45, Shadow of the Tomb Raider for $47, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for $52, and Monster Hunter World for $49. That beats paying $60 when those games come out.

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Other great deals include the fast-paced 2016 shooter Doom for $8.47 and the stealthy assassination sim Dishonored 2 for $17. And if you want to play a game in which any object could be a shape-shifting and bloodthirsty alien, try Prey for $8.47.

Lots of other games are on sale at Green Man Gaming, so head to the website to view the full list. And if you can, check back regularly to take advantage of any Flash Deals or Games of the Day to get additional discounts.

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Author: Chris Reed

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Writer-director James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over offensive tweets

Disney has fired writer-director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after a right-wing media personality resurfaced a series of offensive tweets Gunn made, in many cases from 2009 and 2010. “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “and we have severed our business relationship with him.”

As noted by Polygon, conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich — perhaps best known as one of the most active promoters of the fake “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory — began resurfacing some of Gunn’s old tweets, some going back nearly a decade. In the tweets, Gunn makes a…

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Switch Adds A Never-Before-Released Nintendo Arcade Game

It’s another packed week of releases for Nintendo Switch. Nearly 30 titles launched for the hybrid console this week, but one of the most intriguing is Sky Skipper, an exceptionally rare Nintendo arcade game that was never released in North America.

Sky Skipper arrives on the Switch Eshop as part of Hamster’s Arcade Archives line, making this the first time the arcade version has been officially released in the region. The game originally launched in Japan in 1981, the same year that Donkey Kong debuted. Nintendo distributed a handful of cabinets at test locations in North America, but according to gaming legend, it was poorly received and the game was scrapped. The only remaining Sky Skipper arcade cabinet is stored at Nintendo of America.

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Sky Skipper puts players in the role of a character named Mr. You, who must pilot a biplane around the stage and rescue members of the King’s family. The plane depletes fuel as it flies, so players must monitor their fuel gauge and avoid bomb-throwing gorillas while maneuvering around the stage. Like other Arcade Archives titles, Sky Skipper can be downloaded for $8 / £6.29.

Nintendo first announced it was partnering with Hamster to release its classic arcade catalog on Switch last September, and since then, a handful of rare arcade titles have made their way to the Eshop. Last month, Nintendo released the original arcade version of Donkey Kong on the hybrid console during E3 2018. The rare arcade version of Punch-Out was also released earlier this year, while the Vs. Super Mario Bros. launched back in December.

A number of Nintendo arcade games are still slated to arrive on Switch, including Vs. Balloon Fight, Vs. Ice Climber, Vs. Pinball, and Vs. Clu Clu Land. Nintendo and Hamster haven’t announced when those titles will arrive, but players who subscribe to the paid Nintendo Switch Online service when it launches in September will be able to play the NES versions of Balloon Fight and Ice Climber with added online multiplayer.

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

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How to add iPhone X gestures to your Android phone

The best feature of Apple’s iPhone X isn’t its hardware or design; it’s the extremely fun, easy-to-use, and efficient gesture-based navigation system that replaces the old home button. Apple’s use of gestures in the iPhone X has spurred a renaissance in gesture UIs, and many companies are now developing their own takes on them. OnePlus has added a gesture-based control option to its popular enthusiast-focused phones, while Motorola and Huawei have developed systems that work with the fingerprint scanner on the front of their respective devices. Even Google will get into the game with its version of gesture controls when Android P officially launches in a few months.

While many phones are coming with their own gesture systems, if you want…

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Author: Dan Seifert

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