Gaming news: The Old Republic, Soul Calibur IV

The Old Republic: IGN has story details and an interview with art director Jeff Dobson while Tom Nichols of LucasArts tells Eurogamer that Galaxies will continue, and the new MMO may make the jump to consoles.


EU newsbits: TFU demo, comic, Karpyshyn interview

Soul Calibur IV/The Force Unleashed comic illustrated by Tom Hodges

  • Gaming: Gamers can now get their hands on The Force Unleashed demo – an early level of the game that takes place at a TIE Fighter Construction Facility – from either Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.
  • Comic: StarWars.com has an original comic, Visions of the Blade, that ties into both Soul Calibur IV and The Force Unleashed. It’s illustrated by Tom Hodges.
  • Interview: The EUCast has a Cantina Chat with author Drew Karpyshyn.

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Newsbits: Alan Dean Foster, Karen Traviss, Penny Arcade, RPG awards, Sith omnibus

Alan Dean Foster, IAMTW GrandmasterHonors: The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has named Star Wars vet Alan Dean Foster their second Grandmaster. Foster was the first novelist to tackle the franchise, ghost-writing the novelization of Star Wars as well as (under his own name) the first original novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. He returned to the GFFA in 2002 with The Approaching Storm. (via)