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STAR WARS ROUNDUP – July 22nd 2015: Aliens, games and planets from The Force Awakens and Rogue One

July 22nd, 2015 by Marc Comments

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We haven’t had one of these in a while, but here’s an all-new Star Wars Round-up!

On today’s round-up we have new aliens, a new game and an old game’s return plus details on a planet or two from Rogue One….

Ok, let’s get the ball rolling…

Firstly, the guys at StarWarsEpisodeSevenNews have an image of a new alien pilot from The Force Awakens. The alien is just being called Bullhead for now and we have posted the image here, along with some early concept art that seems to be him and, if you look closely, you’ll see he’s wearing the same suit as Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, leading us to believe he is part of the same squadron. (continues after pic)

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Next up is a really cool Star Wars game concept that we hope sees the light of day. You’ve heard of the Oculus Rift, right? Well, here’s what Star Wars might look like on it… (continues after video and pic)

Star Wars VR Trailer from Rob McLellan on Vimeo.

Trailer for proposed Star Wars VR game on the Oculus Rift. Completed in two weeks with two artists. All footage is running in Unreal Engine 4. Produced by HammerheadVR Studios 

Creative Director – Rob McLellan, Lead Artist – Craig Stiff, Additional Models By SciFi3D Artists: Zachary Brackin, Tom Miller, JJ Palomo, Sebastian Van Halm, Olivier Couston, Joscha Heusohn, Technical Support – Richard Tongeman

All rights reserved by LucasFilm LTD, Walt Disney, and/or Twentieth Century Fox. This is a non-profit, fan-made project and is in no way approved by, sponsored by, or affiliated with LucasFilm Ltd, Walt Disney, or Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved by the respective copyright holders. All content is unofficial and is not intended for sale. It can in no way be deemed a contest of the rights and ownership of the respective copyright holders or licensees thereof.


Next up, it looks like the holographic chess (above) might be making a very old school return to The Force Awakens. I09 chatted to Mythbusters’ Adam Savage about his upcoming Star Wars Special and he chatted about what he saw when he visited the set of The Force Awakens… and it seems he’s talking about the coolest game in the galaxy!

Oh nd here’s some pretty cool point-of-sale artwork that we can expect to see in shops very, very soon courtesy of Making Star Wars

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And finally…

The Tweet below is from the set of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and it’s somewhere we know well:

Confused? Well, this is how we know it better:


That look familiar? It’s the Massassi Temple on Yavin IV in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, so it looks like Rogue One will be coming home, which makes sense since we know the story will be about a team of Rebels who steal the Death Star plans that eventually end up on Yavin IV. But it’s still very cool. Check out StarWarsUnderworld for more images.

Oh, one other detail, the MakingStarWars folk are reporting that Moisture Vaporators have been spotted on the set too… that’s these things that we’ve previously seen on Tatooine in A New Hope, Attack Of The Clones and The Phantom Menace.

Are we returning there or perhaps another desert planet? Hmmmmmm… (the ones below are from Episode I, just to be clear…)

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….