This episode features a look at the many Star Wars announcements and updates that happened this past week in celebration of Star Wars Day. We devote the most time to looking at the rumor of Temura Morrison returning to Star Wars and the question of whether or not Lucasfilm is creating a troubling trend of reviving once dead characters, but also tackle the Taika Waititi and Leslye Headland announcements as well as video game, book, and Mandalorian season two news.
We start this week’s show off with some chat about recent tweets signaling an end to Episode IX’s filming, a discussion of the just-announced Galaxy’s Edge books coming later this year, and a voicemail from The Rural Farmboy (@aRuralFarmboy). The rest of the show is devoted to an in-depth look at Electronic Arts’s exclusive deal for publishing Star Wars games. We run through the history of EA’s Star Wars releases (and cancellations) and lament the unreleased games and missed opportunities (seriously, no Nintendo Switch games?) that are part of the EA-era.
Ryan and John discuss Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars Trilogy, Lucasfilm’s live action Star Wars tv show, and our time so far with Battlefront 2! We consider what’s most likely for the trilogy and tv shows before jumping into what we’d actually like to see. Plus Ryan shares his impressions of the Battlefront 2 campaign and we share our take on the EA/Battlefront 2 micro transactions controversy.
Ryan and John discuss the Battlefront 2 beta in the latest episode of The Blockade Runner. We chat about all of the content in this week’s beta release, including the playable maps, modes, classes, and characters. We also lament how terrible we are at the game but share our hopes for improving through the experience of playing the single player mode.
After we wrap up the Battlefront 2 discussion, we move on to covering the latest Star Wars books releases as well as touch on our feelings toward J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX and speculate about the now confirmed Last Jedi trailer release on Monday night.
Ryan and John discuss the news coming out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. We dive into the single-player campaign, updates to the multiplayer modes (and more) before taking a quick look at Rey’s just-announced Last Jedi dlc outfit.