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As revealed on StarWars.com, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, a new VR experience developed for HTC Vive and Samsung Gear, will allow users to repair astromech droids aboard General Leia’s ship. Ok but when do I get to fight Darth Maul?

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 Also at StarWars.com, James Floyd conducted a fascinating interview with Ken Liu, author of The Legends of Luke Skywalker, a middle grade fiction book released as part of the lead-up to The Last Jedi. Liu discussed his own childhood, growing up in China with only translated novelizations of the original films, and how it informed his Star Wars fandom today. Here’s a sample:

Luke is the perfect mythic figure onto which we in the audience are free to project our hopes and fears. In the films, he walks a fine narrative line between destiny and free choice, and that is the narrow ledge on which all of us struggle as we construct and invent the plot of our own lives. It’s human nature to yearn for our actions both to be born of our own agency and to have meaning in a grand design, and that yearning is the rich soil in which legends and myths flourish.

Media producer Dana Wickens made The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson very, very happy with her homemade Porg costume when he spotted her at a Halloween party. In an interview with SYFY Wire, Wickens insisted she had no idea Johnson was going to be there, and her costume was pretty much a last-minute decision. Experiment: Does Rian Johnson magically appear wherever there are Porgs? Try it out at home!

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Woody Harrelson almost didn’t make the jump to hyperspace for Solo: A Star Wars Story. In an interview with Yahoo, he said he initially turned down the role of Beckett, Han Solo’s mentor figure, because he had completed a bunch of back-to-back projects and he “just wanted to go home.” Fortunately, he came to his senses and returned in the nick of time just like Han Solo himself. Read more at Yahoo Entertainment.

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GameSpot.com has an update on the subject of Visceral’s mysterious Star Wars game in the wake of the studio’s closure by parent company Electronic Arts. EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained: “We are seeing an evolution in the marketplace, and it became clear to us that to deliver an experience that players wanted to come back and enjoy for a long time, that we needed to pivot the design.” Hit up the link above for Wilson’s full comments.

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Fortunately, another Star Wars game from EA – Battlefront II – will be unleashed in full Force (heh) (sorry). However, after incorporating feedback from beta users, EA made some adjustments to the acquisition and use of loot boxes in the game. More details on these changes can be found on the Star Wars: Battlefront II site.

Was a menacing shot of Rey in a recent trailer for The Last Jedi reversed for misleading purposes? Maybe. Probably. They’re super sneaky over at Lucasfilm.

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