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Star Wars: Squadrons Progression Systems Explained

As Star Wars fans head into the home stretch of the wait for EA’s upcoming space shooter, the development team has revealed a ton of information to satiate those fans looking to have Star Wars: Squadrons progression systems explained.

As with almost every game out there with a progression system, you’ll earn experience by playing the game. Fill that bar and you’ll level up and earn Requisition, a currency used to unlock components for your ships.

Active/Passive Components

Components come in two flavours: active and passive. Active components consist of primary weapons, auxiliary components, and countermeasures. Unlocking components in this category means fundamental changes to gameplay. Converting your guns to ion cannons that shred the shields of opposing ships but do little damage to the physical structure, for example.

With four active component slots available on ships, modifications will allow players to tailor a ship to their strengths. Players with good aim might opt to swap their guns automatic fire into a burst-fire mode to do more damage at range, while those with potato aim might want to convert their cannons into a high fire-rate bullet hose they can sweep across the sky and hope for the best.

Active components also help shore up defenses, with countermeasure augmentations like seeker warheads to take out incoming missiles. Prefer to play more defensively? Use sensor jammers to help prevent missile lock-on from happening in the first place. If worse comes to worst and you take damage on sorties, use an auxiliary slot for a repair mech.

Passive components cover the hull, engines, and – if equipped – the shields of the ship, and they generally augment performance. You can specialize here as well though, choosing shields that are stronger against blasters for example – but these components often come with trade-offs. Boost your engine’s top speed and you might have to deal with it cornering like a space cow.

Daily/Operation Challenges

Once you have your ship outfitted, it’s time to start earning Glory. This is the game’s other currency, dedicated to unlocking cosmetics for both your pilots (on both Imperial and New Republic sides of the conflict) and starfighters. Like other progression-based games, Squadrons offers Challenges to undertake for rewards. Daily Challenges – like completing matches in a specific playlist, winning matches, or destroying enemies – offer an incentive to log in daily and play a few matches.

There are also Operation Challenges that will take more time to complete – the example given below involves completing 20 Daily Challenges during the Operation – an eight-week competition period where pilots will try to advance through the Fleet Battle ranks from Maverick to Galactic Ace.

If that’s not enough progression, there’s also your player level. This is separate from your characters, ships, and fleet rank. As you level up you’ll unlock Requisition points until 40. At this point, you’ll have earned enough points to unlock all components and can start experimenting with builds.

Want more? There’ll also be bonus events to earn Glory and other rewards. Progressing through the game’s campaign and the Fleet Battles tutorial also unlocks cosmetic bundles.

Now that we’ve had a look at Star Wars: Squadrons progression systems it’s easy to see how the developers hope to keep your interest. In a few weeks we’ll see if the gameplay is good enough to get your interest in the first place.

Star Wars: Squadrons launches October 2nd, 2020 on PC via Steam or Epic Games Store, PS4, and Xbox One.

Gamescom – Star Wars: Squadrons Single-Player Trailer Unveiled

Star Wars: Squadrons brings back the height of space combat for Star Wars fans – namely the Star Wars: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter days, a time that all too many of today’s fans never had the chance to experience.

The good news is that EA’s upcoming space shooter looks better than even those halcyon days of yore, with incredible graphics and sound effects that are 100% true to the movies. Obviously a lot is going to depend on how the game plays and how the ships handle in combat, but I have a lot of faith in Motive Studios to get it right.

We don’t have long to wait to find out, with the game shipping on October 2nd, 2020. That’s only 36 days away – though that’s going to feel like about six months thanks to it being 2020…

Here’s the trailer to get you amped up!

Star Wars Squadrons Hits PC, PS4, Xbox One On October 2

Here’s some Monday morning excitement for the Star Wars fans out there, EA is dropping a Star Wars title this fall that looks a whole lot like the classic TIE Fighter games…

The game, Star Wars Squadrons, features a full single player campaign but I’d bet the meat and potatoes of this is going to be the 5 vs 5 multiplayer….in spaaaaaaaaaace.

That probably makes more sense if you watched a lot of The Muppet Show growing up.

The game also supports VR for PS4 and PC, and I’m curious how that’s going to feel. In the past VR titles with a lot of quick movement have had issues with motion sickness, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’ve hammered out that problem.

Here’s the press release – see you in the asteroid fields this October:


Become an Elite Pilot in the Star Wars™ Galaxy and Master the Art of Starfighter Combat from the Cockpit

Redwood City, Calif. – June 15, 2020 – Calling all pilots! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), Motive Studios and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars™: Squadrons, an immersive, first-person space dogfighting experience set in the beloved Star Wars™ galaxy. Star Wars: Squadrons will feature thrilling 5v5 multiplayer dogfights, monumental fleet battles, and an original story set during the final days of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the New Republic after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™. The game will launch October 2, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox® One, PC via Origin™, Steam and the Epic Games Store, and will be playable via Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation® 4 and PC with cross-play support. Tune into EA Play Live on June 18 at 4:00pm PT for the gameplay reveal of Star Wars: Squadrons.

“We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter,” said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. “Through the collaboration of the teams at Motive and Lucasfilm, we’ve been able to create a high-fidelity starfighter experience with an authentic storyline that invites Star Wars fans to explore never-before-seen corners of the galaxy in their own ship. We’re excited to show all this in action this week at EA Play Live.” 

In Star Wars: Squadrons, players will enlist as starfighter pilots, stepping into the cockpits of iconic starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They’ll plan skirmishes with their squadron in the briefing room before taking off for space battles across the galaxy. Players will engage in strategic 5v5 multiplayer space battles with the goal of demolishing the opposing flagship in Fleet Battles and will feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights. Pilots will triumph as a team, adjusting the composition of their squadrons to suit their playstyles as they progress, crushing their opponents and completing objectives across known and never-before-seen locations, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

Star Wars: Squadrons will offer rich cosmetic and gameplay customization options with rewards and bonuses that are earned solely through gameplay. As players move up the ranks, they’ll earn components such as weapons, hulls, engines and shields to customize the performance of their starfighters; and gain cosmetic items to customize their cockpit, ship exteriors, and appearance of their pilot. In addition, players will be able to squad up with their friends and play against others, regardless of platform, as cross-play will be supported on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and VR.

Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature a single-player story that brings to life events following the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through the story, players will learn what it means to be a pilot as they battle from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots, one serving in the New Republic’s heroic Vanguard Squadron, while the other fights for the Galactic Empire’s fearsome Titan Squadron. The authentic story features a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Squadrons is available now for pre-order* and lands on retail and digital storefronts on October 2 for $39.99. EA Access** and Origin™ Access Basic** subscribers can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time at launch, along with 10% off the purchase of the full game. Origin Access Premier** subscribers will get full access to Star Wars: Squadrons on PC along with all the benefits of Basic as long as they subscribe. For more details, visit https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/squadrons

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Now Available

Judging by the reviews, Respawn Entertainment has delivered with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, currently holding an 86% average on OpenCritic with 90% recommendation rate, and for gamers the wait is finally over and the game is available.
If you’re a PC gamer it’s worth noting that buying the game on Epic Games Store will also get you the Imperial Stormtrooper skin for Fortnite.
Check out the cool live-action trailer released yesterday:
Here’s the press release:


The Single-Player Action Adventure Game Features a Memorable Cast, Thrilling Lightsaber Battles and Cinematic Moments Only Found in an Authentic Star Wars™ Story

Experience a Jedi’s Journey on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin, Steam and the Epic Games Store

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 15, 2019 – Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), Respawn Entertainment and Lucasfilm released the highly anticipated story-driven action adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order follows Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), on an incredible journey packed with memorable companions, nefarious villains, diverse planets, thrilling lightsaber combat, impressive Force abilities and cinematic moments, all within the much beloved Star Wars™ galaxy.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin and Steam. Also, as announced earlier, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on the Epic Games Store, expanding the number of options that players have to jump into this new Star Wars adventure.

“Working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been a dream come true for me and many people on the team,” said Stig Asmussen, Game Director at Respawn Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to get the game into the hands of fans worldwide so they can live out the ultimate fantasy of becoming a Jedi. We created a new team that’s made up of action adventure veterans to create this experience and we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm throughout development to create a highly authentic story, cast of characters, and unique gameplay experience that will live on as part of the Star Wars galaxy.”

In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players take on the role of Cal Kestis, a former Padawan hiding in plain sight after the Jedi were all but wiped out after Order 66 was executed by The Emperor. When he’s forced on the run, Cal is quickly met by his companions Cere Junda, a former Jedi Knight played by Debra Wilson and Greez, the larger-than-life Latero pilot voiced by Daniel Roebuck, who flies the crew’s ship known as the Stinger Mantis. BD-1, Cal’s faithful droid that’s as charming as he is useful, will help players navigate and explore diverse planets including the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk, and the never-before-seen planet Zeffo. Cal and his companions are trying to stay one step ahead of the Empire and his new enemy, the Inquisition’s Second Sister, while they unravel a mystery tied to an ancient alien civilization that could help rebuild the Jedi Order.

In a time where it’s increasingly dangerous for Jedi, players will experience Cal’s journey from a young Padawan to a Jedi Knight. Cal’s lightsaber and Force abilities take center stage in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s dynamic combat. Every battle is unique as players engage an array of enemies, from creatures and droids to stormtroopers and elite Purge Troopers to showdowns with AT-STs and powerful bosses. Throughout his quest, Cal will strengthen his connection with the Force, learning powerful new skills which will be crucial in combat as well as for traversing and opening up new paths across these beautiful yet dangerous locales.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available both digitally and in stores on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin, Steam and the Epic Games Store. Origin Access Premier subscribers will get full access to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition on PC for as long as they are subscribed. For more information on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please visit: https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/jedi-fallen-order

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[VIDEO] Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Designing BD-1

Star Wars is known for its droids, from the classics like R2-D2 and C-3PO to new favourites like BB-8, so Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s development team had to make sure their companion, BD-1, was worthy of standing alongside the competition.
Check out the video to see what went into designing this backpackable droid companion.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is slated to release November 15, 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now, and land you a slate of bonuses including a Bee D-1 skin.

Nintendo Direct Highlights Huge Wave of Switch Games Incoming

You know that there’s a rich lineup of games coming to a system when the news that Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – probably my favourite action-adventure game of all time – doesn’t even warrant top billing.
To be fair, the latest Nintendo Direct dropped bombshell after bombshell including Overwatch Legendary Edition making its way to the Switch, along with Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – probably the top RPG on the market today.
And how about SNES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online? That’s right, and they include classics like F-ZERO, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Breath of Fire and many more!
Here’s the press release:


Plus Banjo & Kazooie Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Starting … Today!

VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 4, 2019 – During a packed Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo announced many new games coming to the Nintendo Switch system, including Blizzard’s mega-hit game Overwatch Legendary Edition, as well as games launching today like Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition. Nintendo also provided new details about previously announced upcoming games, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
Other highlights of the Nintendo Direct presentation include the introduction of Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series as the fourth playable DLC fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game coming in November, the reveal of classic Super NES games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service and the announcement of beloved games like Return of the Obra DinnTokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and the definitive version of the original Xenoblade Chronicles all making their way to Nintendo Switch.
“Nintendo has been delivering new content for Nintendo Switch all year long, and that cadence will continue through 2019 and into the new year,” said Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Nick Chavez. “Nintendo Switch owners can play what they want, when they want, with a huge library of games for all types of players.”
To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Overwatch Legendary Edition: Tracer, Mei, Hanzo and all the other colourful characters from massively popular online game Overwatch are coming to Nintendo Switch. The fast-paced multiplayer game is scheduled to hit Nintendo Switch on Oct. 15. Pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop starts today.
  • Terry Bogard Comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Releasing in November, Terry Bogard from the classic SNK fighting franchise Fatal Furyjoins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter. Terry Bogard, is part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass, which includes five Challenger Packs as they are released, each with one DLC fighter, one stage and multiple music tracks. The Fighters Pass can be purchased at a suggested retail price of $31.49, with individual Challenge Packs available for $7.55 each.
  • Banjo & Kazooie Join the Battle: Starting today, Banjo & Kazooie from the popular Banjo-Kazooie series of games are joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The new fighters are part of the third Challenger Pack DLC (sold separately). In addition to the characters, players will also get to enjoy the Spiral Mountain stage, as well as music tracks from the classic games.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition: MONOLITHSOFT’s epic Xenoblade Chronicles game, which originally launched in 2012 on the Wii system, is destined to be reborn on Nintendo Switch as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The game, which chronicles the adventures of Shulk and Fiora, is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2020.
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Super NES games are coming to Nintendo Switch – and they are free for anyone who has a Nintendo Switch Online membership! Starting tomorrow, Sept. 5, 20 classic Super NES games will launch for the Nintendo Switch Online service:
    • Super Mario World
    • Super Mario Kart
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    • Super Metroid
    • Stunt Race FX (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
    • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
    • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
    • Star Fox
    • F-ZERO
    • Pilotwings
    • Kirby’s Dream Course
    • Breath of Fire
    • Demon’s Crest
    • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
    • Super Ghouls’n Ghost
    • Super Puyo Puyo 2 (Available for the first time in the U.S.!)
    • Super Soccer (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
    • Super Tennis (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)

All of these Super NES games can be played with online functionality on Nintendo Switch Online, including multiplayer gameplay in select games and voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app*. Suspend points and an easy-to-use Rewind feature that lets players replay sections of the game will also be available at launch. More Super NES games will join the collection in the future, adding to the growing library of classic games available to Nintendo Switch Online members, including more than 40 games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. To access the games, Nintendo Switch owners must have an active membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller: To recapture the original feel of Super NES games, a wireless Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller will soon be available as a special offer only to Nintendo Switch Online members**. Once the controller is available for purchase, it will be possible to order up to four controllers per Nintendo Account at https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/online-service/nes/, at a price of $39.99 each.
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore: The game that brought together the worlds of Fire Emblemand ATLUS is coming to Nintendo Switch. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is the Nintendo Switch version of the acclaimed RPG that originally launched on the Wii U system. This new version of the game contains a new song that wasn’t in the original, new story elements and the ability to take it on the go! Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore launches for Nintendo Switch on Jan. 17.
  • Tetris®99 – Ver. 2.0 + DLC Update: The digital version of theTetris 99 game is getting an update! Tetris 99 Invictus mode is here … but it’s not for the faint of heart. Players can’t even play it unless they achieve TETRIS MAXIMUS status, which means getting first place at least once in the traditional online mode of Tetris 99. In addition to Invictus mode, Daily Missions will be added to Tetris 99 for everyone to enjoy. By clearing these missions, players will acquire in-game tickets to exchange for a variety of custom themes. To show off accomplishments, new player icons will be added as well! Beyond all this, the second wave of content is coming for those who purchased the Big Block DLC. In 2P Share Battle mode, share Joy-Con controllers for a two-player game against each other and the CPU. In Local Arena mode, friends can get together in person to battle via new local wireless multiplayer. The version 2.0 update and new paid DLC for Tetris 99will launch tomorrow, Sept. 5. Also, a physical version of Tetris 99 will be available starting Sept. 6, and will include all Big Block DLC plus a 12-month individual membership to Nintendo Switch Online at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Pokémon SwordPokémon Shield: New details (and two new Pokémon!) were revealed for the Pokémon Swordand Pokémon Shieldgames, launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15.
    • Polteageist is a ghost-type Pokémon, and makes a home for itself by hiding among dishes at hotels and restaurants. Its body is made of tea, and it may even let a trusting Trainer have a taste of its tea. The flying- and water-type Pokémon Cramorant will swallow absolutely anything that looks hearty enough. It has an exclusive ability called Gulp Missile. While using Surf or Dive in battle, it will counter when attacked.
    • Players will be able to travel through the new Galar region in style. In this game, players can outfit their main Trainer in tops, bottoms, outerwear, gloves, new hairstyles and even a little makeup. During their journey, players can camp any time at Pokémon Camp. While there, players can play with Pokémon and get to know them better. In the new Wild Area, players can visit other players’ camps as well. Up to four players and their Pokémon can hang out at a camp together. Pokémon Camp is also a great place to cook up some Curry on Rice. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, there are many types of delicious Curry on Rice that can be registered to the Curry Dex.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: Link’s latest adventure is almost here! In The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, players can place chambers earned in the adventure to create custom Chamber Dungeons. Finished dungeons can be saved to a compatible amiibo figure in The Legend of Zelda series or Super Smash Bros. series so they can be shared with friends. A new Link amiibo figure inspired by the style of the game will launch on Sept. 20, the same day as the game.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3: Every floor of the haunted hotel in Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a different theme, including the pyramid setting of Tomb Suites, a disco floor and a pirate-themed restaurant. In the newly announced ScreamPark party mode, two to eight players can battle against each other as a Luigi team and a Gooigi team even with only one Nintendo Switch system.*** The teams will compete to see who can defeat the most ghosts, collect the most coins or break the most targets. Luigi’s Mansion 3 opens the doors of its haunted hotel on Oct. 31.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Players join the Deserted Island Getaway Package by Nook Inc, and start a relaxing new life full of creativity, charm and freedom in this next instalment in the Animal Crossing series, launching for Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020.
  • DAEMON X MACHINA: This new action-mech game launches on Sept. 13, but players that want to take those powerful mechs for a spin can try out the free demo version of the game starting today. In the Prologue demo, players will pilot their mechs through the beginning of the game, and all progress earned will carry over to the main game. A key feature of the demo is the ability to play in local co-op mode with up to four players.
  • Super Kirby Clash: To defeat bosses this wicked, it’ll take a whole team of Kirbys! In this free-to-start multiplayer*** action game, players can choose from four unique Roles and join up to three other players to take down tough bosses. Puff up power by crafting weapons, or use Gem Apples, which can be earned as in-game currency or purchased using real-world money, to recharge Vigor (a resource that recharges over time), unlock new quests or trade for weapons, armor, support items or stickers. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to play locally, and if you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can even play online****! Super Kirby Clash launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today!
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2– Definitive Edition: This critically beloved and fan-favourite role-playing game is available on Nintendo Switch beginning today! With the power of Nintendo Switch, players can slay monsters and unleash magic with up to three other friends at home or on the go.
  • Return of the Obra Dinn: The critically acclaimed, stylish indie game is coming to Nintendo Switch this fall. As an insurance investigator for the East India Company, players must board a ship, explore its surroundings, turn back time with the Memento Mortem pocket watch and record logical deductions to solve the ship’s mysteries.
  • Little Town Hero: In this new RPG from Game Freak, the developers of the Pokémon games, players must battle monsters and gather support from townspeople, all while staying within the borders of a single town. Little Town Hero, which also features music by Undertale creator Toby Fox, makes a stand on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16. Little Town Hero is available today for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop.
  • Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise: A sequel to the cult classic Deadly Premonition is headed to Nintendo Switch. When FBI agent Aliya Davis opens an investigation into an old serial-killer case, she also opens a door to the unknown. Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise boggles and beguiles on Nintendo Switch in 2020. The original game in the series will launch in Nintendo eShop as Deadly Premonition Origins starting today!
  • Rogue Company: Introducing Rogue Company, a 5-v-5 online**** shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. In this new IP, players can play against friends or instantly match up online with a similarly skilled team in a variety of objective-based modes. Mercenaries can be fully customized to match the player’s style. Rogue Company sneaks up to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: May the Force be with this Star Wars  Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, is our only hope to stop a rogue Jedi. Get your lightsaber at the ready, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is coming to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 24.
  • DOOM 64: There are at least 64 reasons for fans to get excited about classic first-person shooter DOOM 64 coming to Nintendo Switch, with the ability to play it anywhere being one of them. DOOM 64 launches on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 22.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition: As Geralt of Rivia, players have a massive world to explore at home or on the go. In this version of the game, all DLC and story expansions are along for the ride. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition comes to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 15.
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection: Become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and then transform into the ultimate assassin hunter in Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. That’s two action-packed games from the award-winning Assassin’s Creed series for one great value! All past DLC is included, as well as new features like touch control and motion aiming. Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 6.
  • Dauntless: Battle for survival at the edge of a savage frontier in the online, free-to-play action-RPG Dauntless. Whether they’re a veteran looking to take slaying on the go, or a rookie ready to forge a legacy, players can craft hundreds of gear options and team up with others to take down boss-sized Behemoths. The Nintendo Switch version of Dauntlesslaunches this year and features full cross-play, cross-compatibility and feature parity, so players on Nintendo Switch can join a global community millions strong and, for the first time ever, take their Slayers on the go.
  • Trials of Mana: A remastered version of this fantasy adventure will come to Nintendo Switch on April 24, 2020. This new version of the classic game features fully voiced characters and upgraded graphics. Players who want to play the original can enjoy it as part of the currently available Collection of Mana game for Nintendo Switch.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: In addition to playing classic multiplayer events with Mario, Sonic and all their friends, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 also features a single-player story mode, new minigames and 10 retro-style events. These new events are displayed in old-school 2D graphics, perfect for retro fans around the world. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 goes for the gold medal on Nov. 5.
  • New amiibo: Three new amiibo figures in the Super Smash Bros.series – Incineroar, Chrom and Simon Belmont – will launch in stores on Nov. 15.
  • NBA 2K20: In two days (Sept. 6), players can take to the court in NBA 2K20 for Nintendo Switch.
  • The Outer Worlds:Explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power in The Outer Worlds, bounding to Nintendo Switch soon.
  • Just Dance 2020: Bust a move to some of the hottest music hits today in Just Dance 2020, headed to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 5.
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered: The critically acclaimed and fan-favourite RPG can be taken anywhere when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 20.
  • Devil May Cry 2: Starring iconic video game character Dante, classic action game Devil May Cry 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 19. Pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop starts today!
  • GRID Autosport: Vroom! The high-speed racing game GRID Autosport comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 19. Pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop starts today!
  • Vampyr: Players who have a thirst for … moody third-person action-RPGs are in for a bloody treat when Vampyr launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 29.
  • Call of Cthulhu: Answer the call in this survival horror RPG game when Call of Cthulhu launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 8.
  • Farming Simulator 20: Hop on a tractor, bite on some straw and pick up a Nintendo Switch system. Farming Simulator 20 plants itself on Nintendo Switch this winter.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/.
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***Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode; sold separately.
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Review | Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 offers up a campaign and a heaping helping of multiplayer, but it’s hard to say if it can overcome a tidal wave of negativity that feels – to be frank – like it’s all-too-often the misplaced ramblings of people who haven’t played the game and are simply echoing ‘what they’ve heard’ nonsense.
I have a problem with much of the backlash for a simple reason: they’re not the most accurate of criticisms – basically the Stormtrooper’s weapons of complaints, firing a lot of shots and missing the target a whole lot. Take the Reddit report that it would take 40 hours to unlock some of the game’s dozen or so characters, for example.
The post prompted such an outcry that EA responded by reducing hero costs by 75%, even though the angry responses missed some key facts – namely that the calculations involved only the game’s two most expensive heroes, and that they deliberately excluded the credits rewarded by completing the plethora of challenges available in the game. Once people had hands-on time with the game, they found the calculations misleading…but the ’40 hours’ estimate still pops up in complaints today.
Then there’s Star Cards, the much-maligned progression system that – while I admit it’s an odd choice for unlocking new equipment and talents – works well when gamers figure it out, at least well enough to justify holding off the tar and feathers. You buy loot boxes to get cards – and you can choose what type of card you primarily get in the box by which one you buy. Need hero upgrades? Buy that crate. Want starfighter stuff, or trooper stuff, etc… You ALSO get items from the other categories as well as crafting supplies in boxes, used to improve your cards from common to epic with corresponding stat increases.
Complaints that the loot boxes will inspire kids to buy more boxes using real-world funds rings a bit hollow. Earning the crates isn’t a long process, with a new crate available every two or three games, and the ballyhooed advantages offered up by Star Cards proved weaker than expected. Having the ability to turn your TIE fighter 5% faster than the other guy sounded powerful on paper, but blaming a multiplayer death on the cards the person was using feels a lot more like a copout than a legit issue.
As for the game itself, Battlefront 2 seems like a game made by people who recognized the issues with the first game and came out swinging looking to fix them in the sequel. The biggest issue from 2015’s original was the lack of a campaign, so that’s the first thing they showed off this time around. The campaign could have been great, but it’s hamstrung by a short runtime of 4-5 hours that completely neuters any emotional impact it had a chance to create.
Coming out of the gates strong, Battlefront 2 opens with gamers escaping a Rebel ship as Iden Versio, commander of the Imperial Special Forces’ Inferno Squad, the most elite of the special forces. After getting to know Versio a bit through some opening missions, the game switches to the Force-wielding boots of Luke Skywalker. When it switches back, Versio is now a full-fledged Rebel, trusted by everyone including Princess Leia and as you think “surely they’ll explain what happened” hopes are dashed as it’s now time to play as Lando Calrissian, then Leia herself, etc…
The campaign could have introduced a solid new character to Star Wars fans. It didn’t.
The campaign could have been great. It isn’t. It’s good, but would have benefited from being a greater priority for the development team. A few more levels as Versio, a little more information on what makes her do the things she done…you know, character development. As it is, stunning graphics don’t overcome a rushed experience, leaving Battlefront 2’s campaign a gorgeous, hurried mess that could have been so much more.
In addition to the campaign, there’s an Arcade mode that allows offline single player and co-op play against AI in battles that test your talent in return for rewards, as well as the multiplayer suite that’s the meat and potatoes of the title. Battle it out in 10 vs 10 team deathmatch in Blast, or take to the skies against your enemies with 12 vs 12 Starfighter Assault. Game size ranges from the intimate and deadly 4 vs 4 of Heroes and Villains all the way up to the 20 vs 20 objective-based battles of Galactic Assault.
Multiplayer games are intensely paced, with quick time to first encounter and low time-to-kill and fast respawn combining to make sure a death doesn’t spoil the fun for long. Players start out as basic trooper from Imperial or Rebel armies, in the Assault, Heavy, Officer, or Specialist class. Earn battle points while playing and you can respawn as a more powerful character, whether that means spawning in a Y Wing bomber, as a Flametrooper, or even as one of the heroes or villains you have access to. While several are locked at the outset, heavy hitters like Darth Maul and Yoda aren’t, so hit the battlefields as your favourite!