Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Nearly Made Luke Skywalker Blind

While the presence of Luke Skywalker loomed large over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he only appeared for seconds at the end of the movie. We might find out more about what Luke has been up to in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi when The Last Jedi hits theaters in a couple of weeks. But thanks to director Rian Johnson, we do know there was the possibility that Luke had gone blind.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson spoke about going back to one of the original influences on the Star Wars series–Japanese samurai movies. “I had a brief idea I was chasing where I was like, ‘What if Luke is blind? What if he’s, like, the blind samurai?'” he explained. “But we didn’t do it. You’re welcome. Didn’t stick.”

Of course, the Star Wars series now has its own blind character–Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen in last year’s Rogue One. But Johnson states that his idea for a blind Luke predated this.

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The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15 and also stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis. There has been plenty of promotional activity for the movie over past couple of weeks, including a TV spot in which Chewie smacks a Porg, and another that focuses on Luke’s relationship with Rey.

Earlier this week, Ridley, who plays Rey in the new Star Wars movies, revealed that she plans to leave the series after Episode IX in 2019. “I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films,” she said. “So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”

In related news, it was revealed this month week that Johnson will write and direct a new Star Wars trilogy. Work on the next set of movies will begin after the release of JJ Abrams’ Episode IX in 2019. In addition, Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will be available on its upcoming streaming service.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Star Wars 8 director opened up about going down the well-trodden Star Wars path of Samurai influences, including having a sight-impaired mentor:

Since we know nothing about what he’s been up to in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi, fans are expecting to

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Paladins Players Angry Over Updated Loot Box Progression

Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios recently announced an updated progression system for its free-to-play hero shooter, and many players are angry over its apparent similarities to Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Star Card system, arguing it is pay-to-win.

Previously, stat-boosting cards needed to be unlocked either through randomized loot boxes called chests or by crafting specific ones. Under the reworked system, dubbed Cards Unbound, all cards are available to all players, but have also been split into levels ranging from one to five, with higher-level cards offering better bonuses.

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Star Wars: All the Major New Aliens in the Modern Movies

The Star Wars galaxy is a huge place, and even after eight live-action movies, it feels as though we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the many colorful alien races who call it home. No doubt The Last Jedi will soon add a whole new wave of distinctive creatures to the lineup.

As we gear up for the new sequel, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most memorable aliens introduced in The Force Awakens and Rogue One (and soon, The Last Jedi). Check out our guide to this diverse and motley crew below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15 and boasts a run-time of 150 minutes, making it the longest Star Wars film yet. It’s also tracking to have an opening weekend of $200 million, which would beat out Beauty and the Beast’s record for the biggest opening of 2017.

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Flower Composer Gives First Look at Music in Sky

Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and Journey, IGN’s 2012 Game of the Year, has been working quietly and diligently with his team at thatgamecompany ever since on Sky.

In the video above (which showcases work-in-progress footage recorded on iOS), thatgamecompany audio director Vince Diamante debuts the first bit of music from the follow-up to 2012 Game of the Year Award winner Journey, which debuted in September at Apple’s iPhone event and will premiere on the App Store before coming to other formats at a later date. You’ll definitely notice certain artistic similarities to Journey – particularly in the character design depicted in this video. We’ll have more from Sky in the next week or two as this month’s IGN First highlights a game you may not have been keeping your eye on…until now! In fact, here is all of our Sky coverage so far.

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Amazon Alexa Ghost Skill Comes to Destiny 2

Amazon Alexa devices can now obtain additional functionality through the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill, allowing supported devices to connect with Destiny 2. By enabling the skill, players are able to use real-time voice commands.

Boasting over 1,000 custom lines to discover, players can use the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill to ask the Ghost to equip certain loadouts, send messages to friends, or even decide what to do next in the game. The Ghost can even share lore about the universe of Destiny 2, all without even booting up the game.

A Destiny 2 Limited Edition Ghost is also coming, and when paired with an Alexa-enabled device, it will confer all the same benefits as the Ghost Skill. Both the Skill and the physical Ghost are compatible with all versions of Destiny 2. While the Ghost Skill is available now, the physical version of the Ghost releases on December 19, and is currently available for pre-order.

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Opinion: Why I Felt Uncomfortable Playing The CoD WW2 Campaign

It’s very hard not to be engulfed back into the world of Call of Duty every year, especially as a lover of first person shooters. I was excited to go back to World War II and experience a new harrowing chapter set against the backdrop that we first stepped foot into when we played the first few games in the series almost 15 years ago now. However, that huge period of time away from the era has allotted me a more full knowledge of history, a chance to listen to stories about World War II from veterans still alive today as a documentarian, and even a chance to explore the history of my own grandfather, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Now, that’s not to say these experiences have changed the way I’ve absorbed entertainment, especially about war. Many of the great games and films I’ve played and watched today are deeply rooted in war stories, historic and modern. Some of them are brutal and real in their portrayals (The Grey Zone, Saving Private Ryan) and some of them are outlandish and caricaturistic (Inglourious Basterds, Wolfenstein).  Yet, those stories have planted their stance on war in some way or another.

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Switch Reportedly Black Friday’s Best-Selling Product

Nintendo’s new console was an incredibly popular item over the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to Adobe Digital Insights (via Markets Insider), Switch was the best-selling product among online retailers on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. While competing platforms, like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, were available at a discount, Nintendo’s console was not even on sale.

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