Although rumors made it likely that Star Wars Battlefront 3 was in development, recent reports claim DICE and EA have abandoned the game in favor of continuing to support Battlefield 2042.
The Star Wars Battlefront franchise was rebooted in 2015 by DICE on the Frostbite engine. Huge battles, stunning visuals, and sounds directly from the films made the game a Star Wars fan’s dream.
Although 2017’s Battlefront 2 loot box system received massive backlash, changing how microtransactions were implemented in video games forever, Star Wars fans loved the core gameplay and were desperate for Battlefront 3.
However, following on from Battlefield 2042’s troubled release and the recent news that Respawn Entertainment are working on new Star Wars titles, journalist Jeff Grubb has reported that Star Wars Battlefront 3 isn’t in development.
Here’s everything we know about Battlefront 3.
- Battlefront 3 reportedly not in development
- Respawn developing new Star Wars FPS
- Battlefront 2 actors returned to work
Star Wars Battlefront 3 reportedly not in development
It was announced on January 25 that Respawn Entertainment would be developing three new Star Wars titles and alongside this news, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb reported that “Battlefront 3 isn’t happening.”
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Battlefront 3 was noticeably absent from EA’s latest Star Wars video game announcement. Then, suspicions were seemingly confirmed after Grubb said “DICE, which is still putting out fires with Battlefield 2042, is focusing on the Battlefield franchise going forward.”
It was previously reported by industry insider Tom Henderson that Battlefront 3’s pitch was denied because it was too expensive to make.
Unfortunately, it sounds like Battlefront 3 isn’t in development.
Respawn Entertainment developing Star Wars FPS game
It was announced that one of the titles Respawn Entertainment are developing is a new Star Wars FPS title.
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The project will be helmed by Peter Hirschmann, who worked on fan-favorites such as the original Battlefront II, The Force Unleashed, the classic LEGO games, and Republic Commando.
Little is known about this new Star Wars FPS game, but it’s highly unlikely that it’s anything to do with the Battlefront franchise.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 actors returned to work
Battlefront 3 rumors began to fly when actors from Battlefront 2’s campaign tweeted that they were working together again in late 2020, posting images of motion capture suits.
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Several actors from the original Battlefront game have posted that they are back to work on social media. In November, TJ Ramini, who played Del Meeko, posted an image of him holding a motion capture suit to his Twitter. Alongside it, he said “Hello, old friend,” with a video game controller emoji beside it.
Janina Gavankar, who played Iden Versio, posted an image of a motion capture suit around the same time.
Also, Anthony Skordi, who played Imperial Admiral Versio, posted a picture of him in a recording booth and bantered with Ramini, confirming they were working on a project together.
With these actors confirming they are working together and posting motion suit pictures around the same time, many believed they were working on the Star Wars Battlefront 3 campaign together.
It’s possible that they were working on Battlefront 3 which has since been scrapped, it could have been for another Star Wars project, or a different project entirely.
Image Credits: DICE / EA / Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends players slam “trash” Ranked system and matchmaking issues
Apex Legends players have called out the game’s “trash” Ranked mode, arguing that the matchmaking is ruining their experience.
Apex Legends players have called out the game’s Ranked matchmaking, claiming it’s placing them in unfair matches against opponents well out of their league.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, and fans have been quick to point out a number of issues in the new season. Wattson’s fence is still broken despite the fix that was supposed to come in Season 14, while the Battle Pass has also come under fire.
Now, although Respawn did make some welcome changes, players have slammed Apex Legends’ Ranked mode for putting together lobbies with a huge skill gap.
Reddit user Azrael462 started a thread criticizing the state of matchmaking in Apex Ranked, arguing the wide range of ranks that can make up a single lobby make it less enjoyable for those in lower brackets.
“If I am in gold I should be fighting gold people, NOT F*****G PREDS OR MASTERS,” the user ranted. “You can actually say it’s a skill issue here because clearly it is, gold is the third rank below masters and fourth below pred, now fix your f*****g system.”
Apex Legends Ranked mode, like most similar modes, is supposed to work on skill-based matchmaking, where only players of a similar rank are put together to make for an even fight. However, players are noticing that this doesn’t seem to be the case.
The OP seemed to point the blame at streamers, as they felt that the current matchmaking system was designed to give full-time players in higher ranks more chance of finding a lobby, rather than being lumped together in every match.
“I’m tired of getting 1k damage and 3 kills only to still lose 30 RP because OF A F*****G PREDATOR STREAMER,” the Redditor continued. “Listen to the community and not the streamers because clearly they don’t know a f*****g thing.”
Other comments seemed to agree that Ranked mode is becoming more punishing, especially if you happen to be in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold tiers. “Never seen a game with worse matchmaking IMO,” argued one reply. “No other game made me feel so fucking helpless like apex did, not even League [of Legends],” said another.
This has been an ongoing frustration among the Apex community, and players will be hoping to see Ranked mode’s matchmaking given some tweaks during Season 14 or in the Season 15 update.
Image credit: Respawn Entertainment
How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022: Start time & game announcements
Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will deliver major gaming news and premieres so here’s how to watch.
Here’s how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 including the official start time, so you don’t miss a single game announcement or reveal from host Geoff Keighley.
If Gamescom 2022 is anything like Gamescom 2021, then gamers are in for a ton of pleasant surprises as the event gets set to showcase upcoming titles across the globe. The event will be hosted by Summer Game Fest’s very own Geoff Keighley from Cologne, Germany.
While in-person attendance is available this year, you can also check out the biggest and best the gaming industry has to offer via live stream. Here’s a helpful guide on how to watch Gamescom as well as the official start time for the event.
With presentations for Hogwarts Legacy, Sonic Frontiers, and yet-to-be-revealed games on the horizon, you won’t want to miss Gamescom Opening Night Live.
Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 start time
Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM BST. The entire Gamescom event will run from August 23 to August 28, but the most highly anticipated presentation will occur on the opening night, as the name would suggest.
You can catch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 on The Game Awards’ official YouTube and Twitch channels. Don’t forget to catch the remaining presentations on the following days, after you’ve taken in everything Opening Night Live 2022 has to offer.
Expected announcements at Gamescom
Of the confirmed games to appear at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022, Hogwarts Legacy and Sonic Frontiers have generated the most excitement amongst fans. Hogwarts Legacy’s release date has been delayed to February 2023, but fans are still hoping to get another look at the wizarding world it will create.
Here’s a list of games with confirmed Gamescom Opening Night Live announcements:
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Sonic Frontiers
- The Callisto Protocol
- Dying Light 2 DLC 1
- High on Life
- Goat Simulator 3
- Return to Monkey Island
- Unnamed sci-fi IP from Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Gamers can still expect a ton of surprises from Gamescom Opening Night Live as Geoff Keighley has promised that 30+ games will be showcased during the nearly two-hour live event. You can expect world premieres as well as several major game announcements.
Of the over 500 gaming companies involved, titans of the gaming industry including Ubisoft, SEGA, Bandai Namco, 2K, and Xbox will be involved in the event, so keep your eyes peeled for a ton of exciting news.
Image Credit: Gamescom
Apex Legends leakers discover Season 15 Legend in game files
Apex Legends leaks have discovered a brand-new character name in the Season 14 game files, which could be the Season 15 Legend.
An Apex Legends leak may have possibly revealed the name of the Season 15 Legend, which some will remember from a previous huge Legend leak.
A new season of Apex doesn’t just mean a new Battle Pass, Collection Event, and buffs and nerfs in the patch notes, it also means that dataminers have a new game version to sift through and find unreleased information.
As always, these leakers have found new information on Apex Legends Season 15, including who the new Legend could be.
In a YouTube video from Apex Legends content creator bobz, it’s highlighted that dataminers have found a Holospray in the Season 14 game files that has Catalyst in the code: “hspray_epic_v22_catalyst_01.”
Back in Apex Legends Season 12, there was a massive leak that revealed a variety of unreleased Legends. At the time, Legends like Newcastle and Vantage were discovered, giving legitimacy to the leak as these Legends are now available.
In this leak there was also a Legend called Catalyst, who can reinforce cover and create structures with “ferro fluid.”
The fact that this name has popped up in the Season 14 game files as well further suggests that Catalyst will be seen in Apex Legends, and it could even be for Season 15.
It’s obviously a long way out until Season 15, and these are just leaks, so take them with a pinch of salt. However, it would make sense to see Catalyst in Season 15 considering the devs have added a Holospray with the character’s name.
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Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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