EP Daily Rundown for March 3, 2016

There’s a near-infinite number of stories to talk about today, including the release date for No Man’s Sky, the home video version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest DLC news for Star Wars Battlefront and Just Cause 3, an online controversy regarding Far Cry Primal, and finally, a first-look at the new Ghostbusters movie.

The highly-anticipated space exploration game No Man’s Sky will launch on the PC and PS4 on June 21. It will be available in a standard edition, or a super fancy $150 collector’s edition from iam8bit, which includes a hand-painted, cast metal ship replica. In No Man’s Sky, you’ll be able to explore an entire galaxy and survive on its countless alien worlds. The whole thing is procedurally-generated, which means the computer creates the space and worlds as you go, so you’ll never have to explore the same planet twice. The number of planets isn’t infinite, though. Developer Hello Games says the total number of worlds is 18 quintillion, which is an 18 with 18 zeros after it, so you’ll have to play for a pretty long time before you run out.

Over to another galaxy; you won’t have to wait much longer to Awaken the Force in your own home. Last year’s surprise indie hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to download, legally, on April 1, followed by a Blu-ray release in stores on April 5. The usual offering of bonus features will be on hand, including a full-length behind the scenes documentary and deleted scenes. Some of the bonus content will be retailer-exclusive, so you might be forced to shop at stores you hate in order to get everything. We’re still waiting for the long-rumoured Blu-ray editions of the original Star Wars trilogy. The only versions that are legally available in HD are the special edition cuts that include cartoon dinosaurs and countless other changes that are objectively stupid. Hopefully Disney delivers.

Battlefront players are going to be spending a lot of time gently working their way around the Outer Rim. EA has revealed more details about the first major DLC expansion for Star Wars Battlefront. It’s called the Outer Rim, and will offer an unspecified number of new maps on Sullust and Tatooine, including one in and around Jabba’s Palace. There will also be two new characters from the films: the villainous Greedo and the Rebel pilot Nien Nunb. I guess we’ll have to wait to play as Lando. There’s also a new mode called Extraction, and a handful of new weapons and star cards to collect. EA hasn’t said exactly how much the Outer Rim will cost on its own. It’s one of four packs included in the $70 Season Pass, which means each pack works out to be about $17.50. Gamers will just have to decide for themselves if that’s a fair price for a few maps, a mode, and two characters. You’ll be able to head to the Outer Rim later this month.

And if you’re looking for some DLC that’s a little less expensive, Just Cause 3 is about to take flight in a whole new way. The Sky Fortress DLC expansion will be available on March 15, and a week earlier on March 8 for players who’ve bought the $28 Season Pass. Sky Fortress gives players new missions where they take on a formidable aerial fortress above the island of Medici, but thankfully, you’ll have a new and heavily armed wingsuit at your disposal. It basically turns you into Falcon from Marvel Comics. Two more expansions focusing on the sea and land will follow in the coming months.

Some people are unleashing their primal rage on the latest Far Cry game. When Far Cry Primal arrived last month, many players felt that it was a little too similar to previous games in the series, borrowing the same basic story, skill tree, and HUD layout. You’d of course expect a sequel to share elements with its predecessors, but now it looks like it shares something else. Users on several different sites have begun pointing out that the world map in Far Cry Primal has a very similar layout to the last game, Far Cry 4, with most of the rivers and lakes arranged in the same way. The areas around the water feel distinct when you actually walk around in the two games, but the similar layout could indicate that the developers started with the same map and made alterations from there. Publisher Ubisoft has yet to respond to the matter. Despite the similarities with previous games, we still think Far Cry Primal is a lot of fun.

And speaking of putting a new skin on the same old content, the first trailer for the long-in-development new Ghostbusters movie has arrived. The film is headlined by Bridesmaids stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, and appears to have their patented brand of vulgar humour, albeit watered down for a PG-13 rating. The other two leads are played by Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, best known for their roles on Saturday Night Live. The new Ghostbusters was stuck in development hell for more than 20 years before studio executives decided to go with an all-female cast, much to the chagrin of sexist idiots everywhere, but we can’t help but wonder if this is enough to keep things fresh. The official trailer currently has more dislikes than likes on YouTube, which is rare, so it’s unclear if audiences will accept the movie when it arrives on July 15.”

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