Star Wars: Battlefront is Big Winner at Gamescom Star Wars: Battlefront is Big Winner at Gamescom
After shelling out enough money to buy several small countries, Disney is banking on the Star Wars franchise to be a box office juggernaut... Star Wars: Battlefront is Big Winner at Gamescom

After shelling out enough money to buy several small countries, Disney is banking on the Star Wars franchise to be a box office juggernaut for many years to come. They will find out just how big of a success it will be this December but until then, they’ll just need to settle for some big wins at Gamescom, Europe’s biggest video game trade show that is taking place right now in Cologne, Germany.

Star Wars: Battlefront took home the Best of Gamescom Honor as well as four other awards including the most wanted consumer award, significant because it’s a predictor of how well this thing will actually sell when it is released November 17 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Other awards include best Playstation game, best PC game and best online multiplayer game.

The LucasArts / EA title looks like it will be a pretty badass game, putting the player into the middle of some massive battles pulled right from the Star Wars universe.

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The game also made waves when a shot of Boba Fett surfaced in a scene that seems similar to one from Episode 7. Since it was announced that all Star Wars property would be canon, assumptions are that the popular bounty hunter survived his trip down the sarlacc pit.

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  • That shit looks really phenomenal. I wonder how much of the $4 billion Disney already made back? I mean they have all the rights for merchandise and DVDs too I guess?

  • ErnestRister

    Hey, Dan!

    The Mouse paid $4 billion, and financial analysts are projecting merchandise earnings from SW7 to land at around $3 billion in 2016. That’s just the merchandise, not even talking about the earnings of the actual movie. They’re going to be in the black on the sale before we even see a teaser for SW8. I saw an article the other day speculating Disney was worried and trying to lower expectations for the movie…they aren’t worried, they’re pinching themselves.

  • Yeah I think they must have made a big percentage back already.

  • ErnestRister

    Only $2 billion was cash, the other $2 billion was stock. Lucas gave a lot of the cash to educational causes, but now he’s sitting on a pile of Disney stock along with Steve Jobs’ widow.

  • ErnestRister

    They’ve barely turned on the spigot. It’s going to get nuts.

  • ErnestRister

    Who killed more people in the Star Wars films…Luke or Vader?
    I’m going with Luke. He killed everyone on the Death Star, he killed all those poor soldiers on the AT-AT, he killed everyone on Jabba the Hutt’s ship, he killed the sweet Rancor Monster, and he even maimed the poor gentle Wampa Snow Monster…he’s practically a serial killer. And before you say, “Darth Vader blew up Alderaan”, no he didn’t. Grand Moff Tarkin did that. Darth Vader only watched — he was baby-sitting his daughter at the time.
    Luke Skywalker…the homicidal madman of the SW saga.

  • Yeah, the merchandise for this movie is looking to be even bigger than the three prequels combined. Disney apparently knows a thing or two about merchandise apparently, ha.

  • ErnestRister

    Spaceballs: The Towel
    Spaceballs: The Toothbrush
    Sapceballs: The Hemorrhoid Cream

  • Never really cared for the Battlefront franchise but this one looks damn fine.

  • That could be the plot of the upcoming movie; Luke is in hiding because he’s wanted for War Crimes.

  • KilliK

    Luke. Vader is a pussy. Really, the guy is considered a badass because of his attire, not because of his accomplishments.

  • KilliK

    bye, bye Titanic/Avatar domestic BO record. at least. crap. :/

  • ErnestRister

    Luke likes to choke lawyers.

    “I find your lack of standing and jurisdiction disturbing.”

  • ErnestRister

    Sort of like KISS. My friends loved that band when we were all eight years old. Today, I can only remember one song. It was all about the clothes and the makeup, and Gene Simmons’ tongue.

    I don’t know how long Vader’s tongue is, and don’t want to know.

  • ErnestRister

    I liked both previous installments, although the space battles were god-awful in the second release.

  • ErnestRister

    I don’t think so…that’s why Iger was trying to downplay the b.o. chances a few days ago during an earnings report. Phantom Menace couldn’t unseat Titanic after 16 years of bottled up demand, it’s doubtful SW7 can do the same, let alone Avatar. Iger’s trying to contain expectations so people won’t consider the film a failure if it doesn’t earn $3 billion at the world box office.

  • Rumours say people will need hemorrhoid cream after seeing JJ’s movie.

  • Zed

    If half the things I’ve heard about that production are true, it’s going to make Phantom Menace look like Citezen Kane.

  • KilliK

    man, I only want the intro scene with Luke’s flying hand in space, to be true. That’s all. It will so ludicrous that not even the most hardcore SW/JJ fanboy can defend it.

    We already know that the chick discovers the Magcuffin of the movie on her desert planet, so the question is what is it. a hand, a lightsaber, a map or something else.

  • KilliK

    Iger is smart for doing this. I already read comments from fans who consider anything less than $2b and failing to smash Titanic/Avatar’s records as disappointment. and I hope this will be the case. just to rub it on them.

  • Zed

    I’m going to go with lightsaber. The part with the severed bionic hand holding it was probably in an early draft of the script.

  • KilliK

    yeah. but it’s still ridiculous if it arrives on the planet through space.

  • ErnestRister

    Killik, I’ll get up and walk out on opening night if the film starts with a severed hand holding Anakin/Luke’s saber tumbling through space.

    Leak sites and Gabriel Grey got punked, end of story. That movie is going to start with the villains landing on a planet and fucking shit up and killing people, and Max Von Sydow sending BB-8 out on a mission. It’s not going to start with a severed hand clutching a lightsabre while tumbling in space, then landing on a planet, then someone finds it, then someone takes it to someone else, then somehow the bad guys find out and come looking for it…it’s like starting a Bond or Raiders movie watching a bottle float in the ocean. It’s not happening. Knowles and Latino Review and The Force.Net and Making Star Wars all got punked by the JJ misinformation campaign.

  • Zed

    How much punishment can a lightsaber take? Is that canon?

    And by amazing cosmic coincidence, Rey just happens to see it land. On a sparsely populated, Earth-sized planet that is entirely desert. Must’ve been the Force.

  • ErnestRister

    At this point, they should just be wishing for a good movie. John Williams said JJ and Lawrence knocked it out of the park, but we’ll see in a few months. I really don’t get why film fans wish for movies to break records. Recpvering costs and making a profit should be enough for any filmmaker

  • ErnestRister

    It has to be JJ misinformation campaign John Harrison bullshit. I’m amazed anyone believed it in the first place.

  • Zed

    I think it’s going to be like what happened with the prequels, where the weird rumors made up by fans would have actually been a better movie.

  • They should concentrate on the writing then and not on their mystery box nonsense.

  • Zed

    Having read JJ’s Superman script, I wouldn’t put anything past him.

  • ErnestRister

    Sure, but that’s mystery box is VERY inexpensive marketing. I’m perplexed that anyone would believe “leaked plot spoilers” from a JJ Abrams movie at this point.

  • Abe

    I thought it was Faraci that swallowed the hook initially and everyone reported on his reporting.

  • ErnestRister

    I hear that….and have had the exact same thought. In Kasdan I trust.

  • ErnestRister

    Maybe…but everyone jumped on that nonsense when all you need is some common sense. The film is going to begin with action. Something’s going to blow up or explode or get shot at in the first couple of minutes. No way on this or any other planet the film will begin with a laser hilt tumbling around and then passing through an atmosphere and then landing in the sand and then someone somehow finds it and then takes it someone else who zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..zzzzzzz…..sorry, I just put my myself to sleep describing that nonsense.

  • KilliK

    I am sure he said the same thing for the prequels too.

    as for BO records, it’s like measuring your penis. my movie made more than the rest so that makes it special. I remember a retarded film critic here, who was so obsessed with Nolan and TDK, that he could not accept that Avatar surpassed TDK in grosses. And he kept using the most absurd arguments you could imagine, to prove that Avatar was actually a bomb!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Not a chance. These analysts have been predicting everything from $1.95 billion, to $2.1, and now $3 billion. Their numerous, headline-grabbing predictions seem to be completely arbitrary. In the immortal words of William Goldman, “Nobody knows anything.”

    I find it highly unlikely Star Wars will beat Avatar at the worldwide box office. The series has little cache in Asia, and that’s where the real money is starting to come from these days.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Jesus. Really? Really??

  • KilliK

    i think according to canon, lightsabers are made of an indestructible metal. ok, it can survive the hostile environment of space but how the hell travelled across the galaxy, reached a specific planet and was discovered by a specific person? with the magical conventions of the Force?

    anyway, we ll have to wait to find out . maybe it’s a parcel with the lightsaber in it which was sent to the heroine from some mysterious stranger. at least this makes more sense. but on the other hand, that hack JJ will probably want to repeat the iconic opening of ANH, by replacing the stardestroyer with a lightsaber. sigh..

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Every one of the premier geek sites seems to regard Faraci as the new, unchallengeable Voice of Geekdom these days, for some utterly bizarre and absurd reason. It seems that the fat, hairy pedo somehow managed to convince, cajole, bully and lie to people in such a manner as to usurp Harry’s place as the King Shit of Turd Mountain.

    Faraci’s human vermin, a real nasty piece of work, and I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

  • Yeah they make those shitty leaks up so the movie looks like a masterpiece in comparison.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Just like Boba Fett.

  • ErnestRister

    “Lightsabre tumbling in space” has to be the top of the dung pile.

  • CreepyThinMan

    Maybe Disney should have courted Cameron to make Episode 7!!!FACT!!!

  • Abe

    It boggles my mind that Faraci somehow is looked upon as being on the right side of social issues too. Does no one remember his time at CHUD?

  • He is an opportunist fuck.

  • KilliK

    yeah, I dont believe that even JJ is too stupid to have such an absurd intro. BUT, it has been officially confirmed that part of RIdley’s audition was to act surprised while looking the contents of a parcel. So what’s inside the parcel? a lightsaber or a map or Paltrow’s chopped head.

  • Abe

    Here as in here? At this place?

  • KilliK

    maybe the new super WMD, which the Empire is building. It fires a shot which destroys a whole planet, we dont see what fires it but the naive fans will believe it’s a new DS, until it’s releaved to be something much worse. yeah, I like that intro, it reminds of the ST6/Fleischer’s Superman intro, but it’s cool nevertheless and nicely sets up the rest of the movie.

  • KilliK

    Greece.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yes, he spewed all kinds of vile and non-politically correct comments during his tenure there, by all accounts. He’s cultivated this new SJW persona for himself, but, as misguided as it is, I don’t believe it’s even sincere.

    Faraci is a bitter son-of-a-bitch and a known contrarian, with a long history of trying to get a rise out of, and lashing out at, his fellow geeks (or, as he regards them, lesser geeks). I believe that’s his real motivation for the SJW stuff. Perhaps also the fact that, deep down, he’s possessed of cripplingly low self-esteem and thus going to bat for women who would rather jump off a cliff than even look at him, is some sort of perverse, sado-masochistic way of fulfilling his repressed sexual desires. We’re dealing with a near fifty old virgin here, lest we forget.

  • KilliK

    oh, yes. he also claimed that Zemeckis’ cartoon flicks had better mocap CGI than Avatar. I am not fucking kidding.

    He also kept deleting my posts whenever I rebutted his silly fallacies and calling me a coward for hiding behind my internet anonymity, even though I gave him my FB page, he even forced another film critic to leave his blog site and start his own, because he trashed TDKR in his review when it came out. (remind you of something?)

    When his blog shut down, it was one of the happiest days in my life. Now I am visiting his former colleague’s movie site. the irony.

  • KilliK

    but in the end, it was proved that some of us who insisted that it was Khan, were right all along.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    LOL. What an idiot! I love when these deluded assholes get their comeuppance.

  • KilliK

    same for Matrix. I remember reading a fake script for Revolutions which was infinitely better than the crap which was delivered.

  • KilliK

    he is already making his own SW. doesnt need it.

  • KilliK

    I hope you’re right, mate.

  • ErnestRister

    Not happening.

  • Tarmac492.1

    This, in an extended version, would make an entertaining read, Ernest.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Ohh man. Would I love to see that though.

  • Stalkeye

    Looks good but Fuck it! Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 comes first on my list!!