Star Wars Battlefront II: The Campaign Awakens

There’s a tremor in the Force. What’s this, a feeling of excitement and wonder? Of course, it’s episode 88 of the Gamers of the Lost Spark podcast, lovingly crafted for your listening delight.

This week Antony and Darren are at fever pitch with all the Star Wars news of the last week and try and keep themselves calm enough to objectively discuss the full reveal of the new game and of course, the trailer for The Last Jedi.

Announced at the Star Wars Celebration we can look forward to – Star Wars™ Battlefront II being released on November 17, 2017 worldwide.

With the press release stating that we will finally see that long yearned for campaign mode that we have all been waiting for it’s an exciting prospect:

‘Building upon the foundation of groundbreaking visuals and authenticity of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront, DICE, Motive and Criterion are teaming up to deliver one of the most expansive Star Wars games to date. Star Wars Battlefront II will allow players to experience the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier in an all-new single player campaign. In epic multiplayer battles, players will be able to pilot a First Order TIE fighter through intense dogfights in space, and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes and villains, such as Yoda and Darth Maul, across all three Star Wars eras.’

Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign will deliver a new exciting story to the Star Wars universe. Taking place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order, the single player story introduces Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.

In addition to the all-new single player campaign, the team at DICE is evolving the game’s multiplayer to become the ultimate Star Wars battleground. With modes supporting up to 40 players, Star Wars Battlefront II takes fans through a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras: prequel, classic and new trilogy, including new in-game locations such as Yavin 4’s jungle canopies, the spaceport town of Mos Eisley, and Starkiller Base. Players can choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero’s journey, with customisable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters.

In the ‘What We’ve Been Playing‘ section this week the Sparks continue their love for Zelda.  Antony, who’s not ready to stop playing has taken to the roaming the landscape looking for that next shrine and next puzzle.  Darren, who has now tackled his second ‘Devine Beast’ has been forced to stop playing this incredible game because of a left JoyCon issue and is now forced (haa!) to play Persona 5 instead.

In a brief time away from Zelda Antony has been playing a Telltale double-bill with episode 3 of The Walking Dead: New Frontier and the premier episode of the awesome-tactic (not a word) Guardians of the Galaxy.  Listen to this week’s Lost Spark Podcast for a full hands-hand review of the latest Telltale episodes.

Darren’s ‘Switch Corner‘ is back and this week we’re talking about Switch Sales figures, the upcoming Namco Arcade Classics, Zelda speed runs and the rumours of the SNES mini coming out later this year.

Also in the news this week is Available 27th April on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Prey Demo: Opening Hour puts you in the role of Morgan Yu at the very start of the game. Your first day on the job quickly takes a dark turn, with aliens hunting down any surviving crewmembers, including you. Should the Typhon reach Earth, life as you know it will end.

Prey releases globally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 5th May.

Over on the VR Desk, it’s a bumper week of news looking into the Facebook announcements that have come from their F8 conference where VR and AR have taken centre stage on numerous occasions. Mark Zuckerburg sees a future where AR is refined to a level where we can wear it in a contact lens and teh guys discuss the great (and the freaky) consequences this tech could have on our lives. Facebook have also released Facebook Spaces – a social VR experience for Oculus Rift Touch that is fully integrated into the behemoth social entity that is Facebook. This app enables friends to get together in a VR space to chat, draw, share 360 photo’s and videos and even video call from within VR to someone on the outside in real life so they can take a peak into the virtual realm!

All this and much more in your weekly podcast.

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