Star Wars: The Old Republic community honours Carrie Fisher in droves

The community of Star Wars: The Old Republic paid a heartfelt tribute to departed actor Carrie Fisher over the Christmas holiday. Her Princess Leia will forever be an iconic part of Star Wars.

Across SWTOR game servers, thousands journeyed to House Organa, the place Leia Skywalker would – following her father’s fall to the Dark Side – call her adopted home some 3500 Star Wars years later.

Even players from the hostile Sith Empire fought their way through droid guards and other obstacles to be there. .

Star Wars: The Old Republic community honour Carrie Fisher in droves

The community of Star Wars: The Old Republic paid a heartfelt tribute to departed actor Carrie Fisher over the Christmas holiday. Her Princess Leia will forever be an iconic part of Star Wars.

Across SWTOR game servers, thousands journeyed to House Organa, the place Leia Skywalker would – following her father’s fall to the Dark Side – call her adopted home some 3500 Star Wars years later.

Even players from the hostile Sith Empire fought their way through droid guards and other obstacles to be there. .

A Force aside: Eight notable Star Wars spin-offs

When it comes to licensing and promotion, George Lucas has never been shy. After completing Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, the writer/director spent considerable time and effort fine-tuning the subsequent marketing assault. Toys, books, lunchboxes and an R2-D2 spatula all appeared, some of them taking a side-step away from the main characters of the movies, creating their own stories, heroes and villains; some of them taking those familiar characters and putting them in unfamiliar settings.

Now, almost 40 years since the release of A New Hope, we finally have a cinematic Star Wars spin-off in Rogue One. Video games have long retained this tradition; the Star Wars universe contains such scope for extracurricular adventures, that it would have seemed churlish not to explore them. And explore them developers have, bolting on the characters from the sci-fi epic to whatever type of game they could label, package, promote and sell, usually creating new characters and worlds in the process. Here’s some of the best – and worst – of Star Wars spin-off games from history.

shout>Platforms: Amstrad, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64

Let it Die is like a reunion for the original Star Wars trilogy cast

Grasshopper Manufacture’s upcoming survival action game Let it Die includes two of the original Star Wars trilogy’s principal cast members with both Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams joining the fray.

While it’s not clear who the Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian actors will play in the upcoming game, we know they’ll be in there.

As revealed on the , the rest of the cast is pretty eclectic too, with ominous gang The Jackals comprised of of Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from Austin Powers), Traci Lords (Racquel in Blade) and Mark Rolston (Bogs Diamond in The Shawshank Redemption).

The Old Republic’s latest trailer is better than many Star Wars movies

Make some time this morning to watch the new Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer – seriously. It’s better than at least four of the Star Wars movies (sorry, Force Awakens).

The six-minute video acts as a setup for Knights of the Eternal Throne, the new expansion due for release on 2nd December, and lays out some of its characters.

There’s bad guy Emperor Valkorion (seriously, what is it about being in charge?) and Empress Vaylin and really, the core of the trailer is about how the influence of the Force can corrupt.

Lego Dimensions studio on its experimental year two, Marvel and Star Wars

This coming week, toys-to-life franchise mash-up Lego Dimensions will start its second year, and begin rolling out an even larger range of new inclusions than its initial offering.

Harry Potter, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible and Sonic the Hedgehog are all headed to Dimensions over the coming months, as well as a surprisingly number of nostalgia-fuelled 80s franchises – Knight Rider, A-Team, The Goonies and Gremlins – to appeal to older Lego fans, perhaps playing with their kids.

It also marks a slight change in how Lego Dimensions is being sold – now with complete movies in their own six-level Story Packs – as well as the usual Team, Level and Fun Packs. Dimensions is completely modular – there’s no continuation of its Year One story which unified the game’s initial range of brands, although this hasn’t been abandoned for good.

Star Wars never looked so good

Artists at Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian have, in their spare time, made some quite stunning Star Wars environments.

Jason Lewis, senior environment artist at Obsidian, alongside other artists at the developer, have used Unreal 4 to make realistic real-time rendered Star Wars environments you can actually download and explore – if you have a powerful PC.

Lewis goes into some detail on the creation process over at , where there are loads of cool images of the project. Here are a few of my favourite:

Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil in turmoil

Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil, the fan-made remake of the never-released Battlefront 3, is dead. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced etc etc.

The developers at said LucasFilm issued a cease and desist back in June.

According to the update, LucasFilm said EA, which has signed an exclusivity deal with LucasFilm to make games based on Star Wars, insisted Galaxy in Turmoil would detract from its own Battlefront franchise. EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront came out in 2015, and there’s a sequel due out autumn 2017.

Next Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion is Knights of the Eternal Throne

Star Wars: The Old Republic will expand again this autumn with the release of Knights of the Eternal Throne (the acronym KOTET is catchier, particularly when paired with “SWOTOR”, which is how SWTOR tends to be pronounced – sounds a bit like an alien Star Wars language when you say it altogether out loud).

There’s not much expansion detail but “more of BioWare’s cinematic storytelling” was mentioned in the blurb, which makes it sound similar in tone (and title) to . The expansion blurb mentioned “exciting new game features” too.

In preparation for the expansion there’s .

Watch: Ian plays Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens live

There has been an awakening in your wallet. Have you felt it?

Yes, the ever popular Lego franchise has just popped out a brand new title. The latest is based on last year’s hugely anticipated Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens – meaning if you’re a Star Wars fan, a Lego fan, or a parent to someone who is both of these things, you’re almost certainly going to have to fork out for this game at some point down the line.

I grabbed a copy yesterday and I’ll be playing through the first 90 minutes at 3:30pm today. Tune in by clicking on the video below.