New Star Wars: Battlefront Image Released

Ahead of E3 next week, Electronic Arts and DICE have released a new image of their upcoming shooter, Star War: Battlefront. Published on Twitter, the image shows a band of rebels on what appears to be Hoth.

“Its location is no longer a secret,” reads the image’s description.

Hoth is one of Battlefront’s four confirmed planets (so far), joining Endor, Tatooine, and Sullust. There will be a total of 12 multiplayer maps available at launch, spread across these planets.

Though we’ve seen a flashy CG trailer, DICE hasn’t released any Battlefront gameplay footage publicly to date–but that’s soon to change. During EA’s E3 briefing next week, the publisher will release gameplay for the first time.

EA’s E3 briefing is scheduled for Monday, June 15, starting at 1 PM PDT. GameSpot will have all the news from the show as it’s announced. See all the dates and times for every E3 event here.

Battlefront is slated to arrive in November for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with free DLC based The Force Awakens coming in December. For more, check out some images of the game in the gallery below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Watch three Expedition 43 astronauts land back on Earth starting at 8:30AM ET

If, on your commute today, you find yourself stuck in traffic or that your train has ground to an untimely halt, take solace in the fact that things could be worse. That’s because this morning three astronauts from the Expedition 43 crew are falling back to the Earth from a spot 250 miles away. Once they land Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti, Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov, and the United States’ Terry Virts will be back on solid ground for the first time in over 200 days.

NASA’s coverage of the landing will start at 8:30AM, with gravity helping the Soyuz capsule muscle its way through the Earth’s atmosphere at around 8:51AM. The craft is scheduled to touch down in Kazakhstan at 9:43AM.

The crew was originally supposed to return in May

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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Angry Birds Fight is a hybrid monster of Candy Crush and RPG gaming

Second album syndrome is all about the difficulty of following up on that initial smash hit, but spare a thought for those suffering from eleventh album syndrome. This is the plight of Rovio, the Finnish company that’s still trying to match the runaway success of 2009’s Angry Birds. As struggling bands so often do, Rovio has travelled abroad for creative inspiration, teaming up with Japanese company Kiteretsu Inc. to create Angry Birds Fight. The eleventh game in the Angry Birds series, it’s a title that mashes together elements of Candy Crush and RPG gaming in an attempt to hook players.

Three million downloads in the Asia Pacific region to date

Angry Birds Fight soft-launched several months ago, with a release in the Asia Pacific…

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Author: James Vincent

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Koji Igarashi's Castlevania revival is Kickstarter's most funded video game

It turns out people really want a new Castlevania-style game. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the next game from longtime Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, has just become the most funded video game on Kickstarter. It surpassed RPG Torment: Tides of Numenera, which raised more than $4.1 million in April 2013.

Bloodstained first launched on Kickstarter last month, and managed to raise more than $1 million in less than 24 hours. And while it doesn’t have the Castlevania name attached to it, the game looks very reminiscent of Igarashi’s past work, which includes classics like Symphony of the Night. Just like those games, Bloodstained is a 2D action-adventure game with a heavy emphasis on exploration. The game takes place in a…

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Author: Andrew Webster

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Apple made Loren Kramar famous, now you can download his first song

Little-known musician Loren Kramar released his first single on iTunes today, a few days after Apple executive Eddy Cue introduced it to the world during the company’s WWDC event. Cue focused on Kramar as an example of an unsigned artist who could use the new Apple Music streaming service to kickstart careers, and played a few seconds of his song, “My Life,” onstage. That song is now available for purchase on iTunes, as Kramar announced on Twitter this morning.

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Author: Amar Toor

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Sonic the Hedgehog's Twitter game is the best Sonic game in decades

It can’t be easy being Sonic the Hedgehog. Though his Sega Genesis outings remain blistering, beautiful blasts of fun to this day, ever since then the hedgehog with attitude has had the misfortune to appear in countless terrible titles with little to redeem them.

Like Sonic 3D Blast. And Sonic Adventure 2. And Sonic Heroes. And Shadow the Hedgehog. And Sonic Riders. And Sonic and the Secret Rings. And Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). And Sonic Unleashed. And Sonic and the Black Knight. And half of Sonic Generations. And Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. And Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. And Sonic Lost World. And Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. And Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. (Disclosure: I did like Sonic Rush on Nintendo DS.)

And now the…

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Author: Sam Byford

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