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Star Wars Episode IX will be directed by JJ Abrams

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It’s official, JJ Abrams, the man who launched the new Star Wars trilogy with The Force Awakens, will also end it with Star Wars Episode IX.

Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio, with producers including Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said “With the Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for.

“I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

While this news might not excite fans that thought The Force Awakens was too ‘safe’, it should at least confirm that we will see some spectacular scenes and have a director who understands the cast and crew. Plus, if we get more of the same Millenium Falcon action that we did in TFA, I’m in.

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The untitled final episode has already started facing problems, despite the fact its predecessor The Last Jedi hasn’t even released yet. After a new screenwriter was brought onto the project to re-write the script, Episode IX also recently lost director Colin Trevorrow.

Trevorrow was best known for directing mega-success Jurassic World, which ended up grossing nearly $1.6 billion worldwide and led to him being announced as director of the final Star Wars episode in 2015.

It’s unclear whether this announcement will affect the original plan of filming starting in January 2018, although we assume Lucasfilm will be keen to keep everything on track.

This continues a worrying trend that seems to be occuring within Lucasfilm lately, with the standalone Han Solo film seeing both of its directors being fired just two weeks before the end of principal filming. It is believed this was down to creative differences between directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with producer Kathleen Kennedy, although this has never been explicitly confirmed.

Ron Howard has since been brought in to finish the film but the situation definitely raised eyebrows, especially with the decision made at such a late point in the film’s production.

The Last Jedi will release on 15th December 2017, with Star Wars Episode IX slated to start filming early 2018.

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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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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Star Wars Outlaws gives you a deep dive into its huge PS5 open world

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The marketing for Star Wars Outlaws makes a big deal out of the fact that it is the “first” open-world Star Wars game, even though Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was already pretty much that. Still, Massive Entertainment, the company that made The Division 2, makes it all seem to work together smoothly, which is likely where the difference lies. Now, that open world is the subject of an IGN First video that goes into great detail about how the playable universe works and all the things you can do in it. See it up there.

Higher-ups at Massive Entertainment talk about how the game is meant to feel like a new cinematic story experience, even though it has no clear ending in the 21-minute video. The main missions will have hand-crafted set pieces that make it feel like Uncharted, and the open world will be huge and full of things to discover.

It’s official that you’ll have to clear a fog of war when you land on a new planet. This means that your map won’t be filled with icons right away; you’ll have to find places and quests on your own. In the deep dive, there are also more things to talk about when it comes to the loyalty system, your reputation, and your skills. You have chosen Star Wars: Outlaws as your second-most-anticipated game for the rest of 2024. It will be out on PS5 on August 30, 2024. It only lost to Astro Bot, which came out a week later.

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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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