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Star Wars Battlefront will have 12 multiplayer maps on launch, Iincluding Sullust

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There will be 12 multiplayer maps included in Star Wars Battlefront on the game’s launch this November. The number was confirmed on the game’s website, along with the inclusion of the planet Sullust, which will be the location of at least one of the maps, along with the already confirmed Tatooine, Endor, and Hoth.

Sullust has never been seen in film before, with Darth Vader only briefly mentioning the planet in Return of the Jedi. This made creating the planet’s environment for the game more difficult than the others, as the developers had to start from scratch. But they also had to work within the confines of the established lore surrounding the planet. “We wanted to build on the existing lore that the planet Sullust had an Imperial presence.” They used existing designs in the movies, including the Death-Star’s design, on Sullust structures so that it’d look as though “the same architect who designed the Death Star left their mark on the structures that stand across the surface of Sullust.”

Concept artists developed initial ideas for the planet, including black sharp rocks, land shifts, and lava. They wanted to make it “really colorful yet imposing and threatening.” Once Lucasfilm and DICE agreed on the design, the development team decided to model the planet’s surface off Iceland, which they said was “a unique and ideal location which in multiple areas looked like another planet.” Andrew Hamilton, Lead Environment Artist, said, “it’s very barren in a beautiful way. It hints at all the features in our concept and all the content we needed to gather…all the materials, rock shapes and even the lava.”

Though it’s not confirmed, DICE hints that Sullust will be the location of four of the twelve maps. “The overall look and feel for Sullust is very much Imperial and under construction, playing in locations within the planet such as a lava theme, sulfur theme, Death Star-inspired theme, and lastly a mine theme.” They also hinted at different combat modes, such as close-quarters. “Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while others are tailored to more intimate, close quarters combat.”

Star Wars Battlefront will be released November 17 for PC, XBox One, and PS4, a month before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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