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5 things we know about Star Wars: Squadrons

Published: 15/Jun/2020 22:46

by Brittany Vincent


With the official reveal of Star Wars: Squadrons, fans have plenty to look forward to. Here are five things we now know about the latest addition to the SW video game universe.

Star Wars: Squadrons is an intriguing new addition to the lineup of SW titles already on the market.

Where Battlefront II was all about letting players take on the role of their favorite individual characters to duke it out on the battlefield, Squadrons focuses on the space combat we know and love from the movies.

With a full gameplay reveal coming from EA around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the information laid out on the table thus far for a quick rundown of what we already know about the game right now.

It takes place following the Battle of Endor

Star Wars: Squadrons takes place past the Battle of Endor.
Electronic Arts
Star Wars: Squadrons takes place past the Battle of Endor.

Electronic Arts made it very clear that this new game is set firmly within the established universe. In fact, it takes place following the Battle of Endor, after the Rebel Alliance had completely decimated the Death Star. However, the story is told from multiple perspectives from there so as to give a nuanced portrait of the story being told.

Some missions will find you taking on the role of a pilot flying as part of the Empire’s Titan squadron, while others will see you entering the New Republic’s Vanguard. You’ll be able to customize both to your liking, as well as play alongside a “diverse cast of original characters”. Expect cameos from familiar faces to pop up here and there as well.

Both single-player and multiplayer modes are included

Star Wars: Squadrons will include both single-player and multiplayer options.
Electronic Arts
Star Wars: Squadrons will include both single-player and multiplayer options.

Contrary to what many likely believed when Squadrons was first announced, the game isn’t a multiplayer-only affair. While it will be rife with plenty of ways to play with your friends, including as part of 5v5 dogfights, there will be a separate single-player campaign to complete on your own as well. According to EA, it tells an “original” and “authentic” tale.

It’s unclear how the single-player mode will work, whether it’s broken up into missions or if it’s an overarching campaign, but with the focus being squarely on multiplayer, it will likely be less full-featured than most Star Wars titles with multiple components.

The jury’s still out on that, though, as we’ve only seen a few snippets of the game just yet ahead of the gameplay reveal.

There’s VR support for both PC and PSVR

Star Wars: Squadrons will feature VR support for PC and PSVR.
Electronic Arts
Star Wars: Squadrons will feature VR support for PC and PSVR.

Star Wars: Squadron is confirmed to support VR across all platforms that utilize it. That means you’ll be able to jump into virtual reality and experience the Star Wars universe via PC and PlayStation VR. Jumping into the cockpit will go a long way to immerse players, and it will feel that much closer to actually hopping into a TIE fighter and heading out on a mission with your own personal squadron.

EA hasn’t confirmed if the entirety of the single-player or multiplayer segments are supported, but it stands to reason that much of the game will likely be included since it has been an important part of advertising the game since the news dropped on June 15.

Whether it will encompass simple cockpit emulation or something larger remains to be seen, but it’s still worth getting excited about.

There will be no microtransactions

Electronic Arts
There will be no microtransactions in Star Wars: Squadrons.

Given the previous controversy surrounding Battlefront II’s dubious usage of microtransactions in the past, it remained unknown whether EA might decide to go down the same path for its newest Star Wars title. However, Squadrons has been confirmed to be bereft of microtransactions, much to the delight of fans.

Instead, it will feature “rich” cosmetics as well as customization options that may be earned exclusively through gameplay. This includes a wide variety of parts for the different ships that will be available, including hulls, shields, and engines. These will be earned and applied as you level up.

Cross-play is available across all platforms

You'll be able to play with your friends, no matter the system, in Star Wars: Squadrons.
Electronic Arts
You’ll be able to play with your friends, no matter the system, in Star Wars: Squadrons.

If you’re ready to jump into Squadrons, you won’t have to pick and choose which system you want play on based on what your friends are getting. EA has announced that the game will support cross-play across all platforms.

That includes Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam or the Epic Games Store. There hasn’t been any sort of explanation about how cross-play will function or across which modes just yet, but this is fantastic news for anyone worried they might miss out on gaming with their own squad.

With all that in mind, there’s still more to learn. The game is set to debut on October 2. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest happenings between now and then.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.