March 31, 2017

Dead Space 4 announced, Tom Cruise to do a voice cameo


With the success of Dead Space 3, you could have bet the farm that Dead Space 4 was going to happen and Visceral Games and EA made a brief announcement today in response to a early morning leak by an employee on Twitter.

The release said "Yes, Dead Space is returning for a fourth round of guts and glory. Despite what you may have read Isaac Newton will again be featuring as the lead protagonist."

There was the usual yada yada and then this wicked gem near the end of the release.

"Dead Space can be a game that can be taken a bit to seriously at times so we wanted to have a bit of fun with the player so Tom Cruise has been cast as a renegade Unitologist who has finally seen Unitology for what it really is. Given the similarities to Unitology and Tom's own religion of Scientology we thought it would be a pretty meta thing to do, and give the game's players some further food for thought as they slice and dice their way on planet Earth."

Tom Cruise was quoted as saying, "Yes, it's a pretty clever joke. The idea threw me at first but I played Dead Space 1 and 2 right through in the same weekend and thought I really should delve into video game acting so I signed up."

That's pretty crazy, almost jump on the couch worthy kind of news. Let's see how this pans out.

Dead Space 4 will be available for purchase on 1 April 2017.

Correction: Tom Cruise was actually cast as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One and made a cameo appearance.

Sarah Palmer to replace Cortana in Halo 6 as Chief's love interest

The Chief is Palmers's new love interest in Halo 6

The Chief is Palmers's new love interest in Halo 6


It was also announced by 343 Industries today that Halo 6 was on its way.

Which is pretty cool and you can get details elsewhere. But of real note, quietly hidden away at the bottom of the press release was this telling revelation:

“Halo 4 was about the Chief finding his humanity and we felt that story worked out really well. What we didn’t count on was the fan reaction to Commander Sarah Palmer’s character in the game and the role she took on during the two seasons of Spartan Operations. Fans have been extremely vocal in their support for the character and asked for more of her. 

Accordingly, we have taken the step of featuring Palmer’s Spartan as a lead character in Halo 6. Obviously with the death of Cortana in Halo 4 we needed a strong female lead and Palmer was the obvious choice.

Jennifer Hale will return as the voice actress and Veddette Lim will again model for Palmer.”

That’s a pretty massive change to the game, I hope they get the character right as she’s a bit ‘terse’ for my liking. God, I hope the Master Chief doesn't fall in love with her now that he's found humanity! 

What do you think? Do you agree that Sarah Palmer should replace Cortana in Halo 6?

Halo 6 will be released on 1 April 2017

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For clarity, this was an April Fool's that some people took way too seriously!

March 30, 2017

His name is Gary! Gary the Ghaul

Gary from Destiny 2

Do you think Cayde-6's 'Gary' reference to the bad guy of Destiny 2 is going to stick? Why don't we just call him Gary the Ghaul...

What is the release date of Destiny 2?

When is destiny 2 being released?

Destiny 2's release date is officially:

8th September 2017. 


That's right, Destiny 2 is going to be released this year, in full glory as Cayde-6 and the other guardians battle the new threat of the Red Legion and their leader Ghaul.

September 8th. Is the release date.

May be it will take take time to explain why it didn't have time to explain why it didn't have time to explain time...

Mark in your calendars, get that day of annual leave requested and pre-order Destiny from Amazon.

Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video

Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video

Fans have been patiently waiting for it, naysayers have been saying they don't want it at all but EVERYBODY must see this announcement of Bungie's Destiny 2.



Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video


You've watched it? Good.

It's obvious then that Bungie is stirring the pot up to make a new brew. Maybe even they are intended to deliver an actual story based campaign?

There's actually no doubt they are going to do so following their excellent last two DLC expansions  in response to the muted initial campaign that was offered.

Bungie have also clearly listened to the fans and it's clear that Cayde-6 will be focal point of the game, a welcome gust of bravado.

Here's the official description of the game from Bungie:

"Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion.

He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. 

To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home."

Destiny 2 will release on September 8th 2017. Check out the prices on Amazon for Xbox, PC and PlayStation.

March 23, 2017

The Best Indianna Jones cosplay you will ever see

Indiana Jones chased by a rock cosplay

Found on the Humans on New York Facebook page, the greatest Indiana Jones cosplay around - featuring the classic rolling ball from the opening act of the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Halo's The Silent Cartographer Map is real and can be found in Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

A Reddit user is pretty sure that somewhere in NZ there’s a real life Halo CE - Silent Cartographer beach…. I think they might be on the money! Below is the real life photo from Catherdral Cove in New Zealand and beneath that a screen grab from the Halo game that started it all!

cathedral cove new zealand

Do you agree they look similar?
silent cartographer halo ce beach


The best EDI cosplay you'll probably come across

EDI cosplay from Mass Effect


We previously thought this EDI cosplay was great but here's some excellent cosplay from Mass Effect's larger than life A.I., EDI.

EDI Costume Play

This keen cosplay action pose was brought to you by Crystal Graziano.

Best Ever Wonder Woman Cosplay?




You might have heard of Meagan Marie, she's pretty big in cosplay circles. Here's her latest effort, a truly fantastic version of Wonder Woman.

Wonder woman amazon cosplay

The costume is less All American Diana and more Amazonian Warrior Princess. What do you think, is this the best ever cosplay version of Wonder Woman?

We're pretty sure the release of new movie starring Gal Godot will increase fan worship and increase cosplaying action!

March 19, 2017

A boy's best friend is his mother OR this is a post about Destiny that talks about Star Wars and Hitchcock


leigh -psycho -shower

Matt Soell describes himself as a “Writer, Raconteur, Man About Town” but for context, he’s an ex-‘Bungie Community Guy’ so probably knows a thing or three about how Bungie works, its mindset and how it likes to slowly build things up until their endeavours are available for the world to consume.

In an article titled “Transparency is overrated’ Matt eloquently responds to some criticisms that Bungie did not reveal enough detail when they first officially announced Destiny.

Here’s his opening:

“When I see articles in the video game press complaining that Bungie’s reveal of their upcoming title Destiny was frustratingly light on details, I wonder why they care. If I had a quarter for every time the game press mangled quotes, described nonexistent product features, and confused internet speculation with fact-checked confirmation, I could melt all those quarters down and put in a new driveway made of solid copper.  People who write about games (not all of them, but more than enough) are light on details quite regularly. And that’s for the games they care about, the ones they write about themselves instead of just cutting-and-pasting from a press release.  Now Bungie throws a party and the game press can’t fill in all the blanks in their Mad Libs Game Journalism booklet right away, and you’d think some of them had been slapped.”

I tend to agree (and probably that’s why I’m posting this for a bit of self confirmation bias ;) and in terms of wild speculation and rumour one only has to look at the announcement of the new Star Wars trilogy. Zack Synder is directing! No he’s not. It’s going to be about the Skywalkers. Han Solo’s in it. The old guy from the television show Fringe is in it. It will feature Optimus Prime as a part of a Transformers cross over.

The reality is all we know is that Lucas sold the golden goose to the guys that made Bambi and they’ve engaged JJ Abrams to direct.

And that’s all Bungie have done, they've basically said “JJ Abrams” albeit in the form of Jason Jones saying, here’s a vidoc featuring some cool things (filled with lots of little details actually….) and you’ll just have to wait and see what falls out of the tree.

Soell draws a nice comparison to Hollywood (back to film again? Ed) and a certain classic movie:

“It’s showbiz.  It’s part of the experience.  This is the entertainment software industry and we are, whether or not we look the part, entertainers.  The men and women of Bungie follow in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock, who had the unmitigated audacity to introduce Psycho with a trailer that featured nothing but empty environments and lots of him talking.  No clips from the actual film, no major plot revelations…and that lady in the shower wasn’t even Janet Leigh!  (It was Vera Miles, who plays Leigh’s sister in the film.)  What a rip-off!  What a waste of his fans’ time!

What a surprise that it’s remembered fondly, decades later, as one of the greatest movie trailers ever.  It’s as if Hitchcock knew what he was doing.”

It was as if Hitchcock knew what he was doing.

Well history shows Hitchcock took a huge gamble making Pyscho and that he used his own money to finance it’s production. But he knew he had a great story to tell and tell it he did and that story is now so well remembered they are making a modern day television show about the Bates family.

Bungie has a story to tell too, they have just at this time given us their trailer. Their true Box Office is just around the corner….

The best Elizabeth of Bioshock cosplay you'll ever see

vera lynn -cosplay-bioshock-elizabeth
Find the girl and wipe away the debt...

The best Elizabeth of Bioshock cosplay you've ever seen


This is possibly the best Bioshock cosplay we've seen. Popular cosplayer Vera Green has taken on Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth, modeled on the very popular Burial at Sea DLC.

You can check out Elizabeth costumes on Amazon if you want to recreate the look.

bioshock infinite costume play

elizabeth and booker cosplay


We'll always have a soft spot for Elizabeth, particularly this cosplay effort of the lass!

Some cool trivia about the Star Wars prequels

jango fett slave concept art

What does this post have to do with video games? Not much but who cares when there's a lot to love about the Star Wars prequels. For those of you how love George Lucas' Star Wars backstory, here's 16 sweet facts and bits of trivia that you might want to learn about the prequels!
  1. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace. So did George Lucas in Sith.
  2. The Millennium Falcon is spied landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. This was prior to Lando or Han Solo owning it!
  3. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head. While Ray Park is famous as playing the Sith LordePeter Serafinowicz actually voiced the character. Benicio Del Toro was originally cast to play Darth Maul but he abandoned the role after George Lucas decided to trim Darth Maul's screen time in the film.
  4. Hayden Christiansen played Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith as opposed to David Prowse who previously did the role. Hayden apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.
  5. The sound of the hovering battle tanks used by the battle droids in The Phantom Menace was created by running an electric razor around a metal salad bowl and then digitally lowering the pitch.
  6. In Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar Binks stands in for Senator Amidala and puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, one of the most universally hated characters in the Star Wars films is unwittingly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the downfall of the Jedi. 
  7. Revenge of the Sith featured 4 hands being cut off in the film. Anakin loses one to Obi Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin and Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' hands off. 
  8. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional, and is a reference to a famous goof from the original movie where a cloned storm trooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait).
  9. "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. Which shouldn't surprise too many people as George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his inspirations for making the original Star Wars.
  10. Revenge of the Sith is the only film thus far that does not feature R2D2 in the final shot.
  11. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climatic battle with Darth Maul, is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Jedi when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him!
  12. George Lucas made his first Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognised him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time.
  13. When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Cliness, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background. This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage, but clearly failed.
  14. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
  15. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
  16. Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD.
Did you think this was a good list? Here's 101 facts about Star Wars! Also think about checking out what Poe Dameron had to say in the Force Awakens. Or howabout checking out this Mortal Engines trivia.

The cutest ever Liara cosplay picture

liara cosplay from Mass Effect

Is this the cutest cosplayers you’ve seen in a while? This is Liara from Mass Effect and we think she’s pretty rad. We’ve also found some awesome cosplay of Legion and Jack. Mass Effect fans are the best!

legion cosplay mass effect

jack costume mas effect

See more Jack cosplay at this page. 

March 18, 2017

Remembering Commander Keen

commander keen goodbye galaxy

Gears of Halo has been talking about Mass Effect lately but before there was the Normandy, before Eden Prime and the Geth, before Miranda Lawson and before the Reapers, and before there was Commander Sheppard there was the ultimate Commander, Commander Keen.

Billy Blaze would jump around on a pogo stick avoiding green aliens and shooting robots with his laser gun and it was the coolest thing around at the time for my thirteen / 15 year old year old self. Except maybe Lemmings....

Commander Keen taught me about looking for hints and tricks in games. A secret message there, a subtle joke there. It was very original in many facets of its workings.

tom hall commander keen
Classic Tom Hall pose
A bit of of history of the game's birth tells that three men made it possible. Tom Hall, John Romero and John Carmack banded together in their 'off time' at a company called Softdisk but they eventually left to form the company ID.

I recall the first episode was shareware which was a pretty cool idea back in the day. Indeed the 3DRealms site says "The entire first episode of Keen was released to the world as shareware. The idea was that you got a good sense of what it looks like and feels like, and if you liked it, you paid for it - and obtained the remaining parts of the game"

The game was released in December 1990 "Gamers who wanted the next two levels had to pay for them - and pay they did. In January, the ID guys got their first royalty check, for approximately $10,000." They didn't look back after that.

commander keen billy blaze cosplay
Billy Blaze cosplay
John and Tom went on to become involved in Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake.

Those three games became genuine gaming phenomenons in their own right.  I think a lot of modern games such as Halo and the like have a wee duty of debt to such games.

I see that Commander Keen is available for download on the Steam service - I'd buy the game if there was an ipad version! Can someone make that happen?

ME4 development well underway

Mass Effect 4 / Andromeda's coding  is well underway somewhere in Montreal. Like Halo 5, just don't call it that.

Games just don't get written from scratch these days. Long gone are the days of John Romero basically writing Commander Keen in a small office somewhere - A Grade games need a boat load of code so to make things a little easier it's always nice to borrow some from your friends eh?

Yanick Roy from Bioware Montreal tweeted this:




He later clarified this meant that some parts of Dragon Age: Inquisition's engine were being used. 

This idea is not new for example there are a lot of games out there that share the same 'engine' such as those of the Call of Duty series. The idea is that you don't have to make a whole new set of code for in world physics etc - you use the engine and configure it to your needs thus saving production resource to use in other parts of the game. Engines are updated over time too.

Sounds like Mass Effect is in safe hands  in Montreal with Yanick Roy - but do your self a favour mate and keep Casey Hudson away from the ending...


Does this unit have a sole?


I found this too funny not to post - Legion from Mass Effect in a shoe store...


March 13, 2017

Who else is going for a visit to Habitat 7?

Mass Effect Andromeda Crew

We're getting amped for Mass Effect Andromeda! The release is so close we can feel it. We can't wait to begin the adventure with The Path Finder.  Let's explore what lives beyond!



The trailer makes the game look absolutely epic. The CGI is clearly top notch and the Path Finder's team looks pretty bad ass.

March 21 is getting pretty close...

January 2, 2017

Who loves Return of the Jedi?

13 lucky facts about the making of the Return of the Jedi

leia kissing a guard
Don't ask about what's happening here.

13 lucky facts about the making of the Return of the Jedi


For this writer, Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I ever saw on the silver screen.

I must have been 6.

It was awesome.

I was given a book where you played a cassette along at the same time and I duly memorised it.

I also recall borrowing the novelisation (with pictures) a million times from the school library.

And now too many years later here I am blathering on a facts and trivia about the making of the movie....


Here's 13 awesome bits trivia and facts about the effort that when into the making of Return of the Jedi:

  1. Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and his production partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they'd made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.
  2. Yoda was to sit this one out, but he was added after consultation with child psychologists helped George Lucas decide he needed an independent character to confirm Darth Vader's claim that he is Luke Skywalker's father. Now you know why Yoda doesn't do much for the rest of the movie. That and the fact he died of old age.
  3. "It's a trap," which is arguably the most famous line in the movie, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as "It's a trick!" and was later changed post-filming after a test screening because, let's face it, "it's a trick" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
  4. Admiral Ackbar's backstory is that he was once the slave of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as his personal pilot. This is no longer canon. 
  5. Ben Kingsley, who played the title role in the 1982 movie Gandhi, read for the role of Emperor Palpatine and “was considered ‘very English.’ That said, Palpatine was eventually played be Englishman Ian McDiarmid...
  6. David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct this episode of the series. He turned it down because he believed it was "Lucas' thing." He went on to direct Dune instead.
  7. In the DVD 2004 release, Sebastian Shaw (older Anakin Skywalker) is replaced in the celebration scene by Hayden Christensen. Many fans did not understand, nor appreciate this.
  8. Darth Vader's funeral pyre was added at the very last minute, long after principle photography and pick-ups had wrapped. The scene was thrown together and shot near the hills of Skywalker Ranch.
  9. It took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt.
  10. This is the first Star Wars film to show a lights saber combat something other than another light saber. Luke on the Sail Barge fights guards with staffs and blasters. This perhaps a call back to the original movie where Luke wears a blaster helmet and tries to anticipate shots from the Remote on the Millennium Falcon. This shows the progress Luke has made as a Jedi Knight.
  11. Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.
  12. After appearing in this film, Wedge becomes the only X-wing pilot character (apart from Luke) who survives all three major battles in the films.
  13. The film was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi until Lucas decided that Jedi do not seek revenge. This was quite late in the production so there was a lot of promotional gear with the title already printed on it. 
This was just a taste of the vast amount of ROTJ trivia out there - if want more try this book, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J. W. Rinzler.

Bonus fact - Alan Rickman auctioned for the role of Jer Jerrod. 

33 awesome making of Rogue One facts

Rogue One facts and trivia

Facts and trivia about Rogue One, a truly great Star Wars movie


Here's some facts and trivia about the development, production and detail of Rogue One, the first Star Wars anthology film.
  1. The film's working title was 'Red Cup'. Star Wars films have an odd naming history.
  2. Its place in the Star Wars time line is just before A New Hope. It is also 5 years after the Star Wars Rebels television show.
  3. Visual effects legend John Knoll came up with the story. He pitched it to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
  4. Doug Chiang is the production designer. His claim to fame is design work on the prequel trilogies.
  5. Garry Whitta wrote the first draft of the screenplay and came up with the film's title. Gary is known for his work on The Book of Eli and After Earth. He actually posted the title of the movie to his Twitter account at one point but no one knew it was the movie!
  6. Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie did a two week pass on the script post Whitta's effort. McQuarrie is best known for winning an Oscar for scripting The Usual Suspects and has had a strong career since so his involvement is notable. 
  7. This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.
  8. Alan Tudyk plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out.
  9. It is the first big screen Star Wars movie that John Williams has not recorded the score for. Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One.
  10. The "I don't like you either" guy, Dr. Evazan has a blink and you'll miss him cameo. You'll remember his as they guy giving Luke Skywalker a hard time in the Cantina Bar in ANH, a hard time until Obi-Wan stepped in and sorted things out.
  11. Genevieve O'Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith.
  12. Jimmy Smits also returns as Leia's father, Bail Organna. He played supporting roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
  13. Anthony Daniels appears in his 9th Star Wars movie - if you count his voice acting work for the cinematic release of The Clone Wars, making him the only actor to appear in all the Star Wars movies. Whike his side kick R2D2 also appears in all the movies, R2 was only played by Kenny Baker in 4 movies - most of the prequels where animated and he was too ill for The Force Awakens.
  14. Character 'Saw Gerrera' originally featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
  15. The planet Jedha features a place known as the 'Temple of the Whills'. This is a great reference to some obscure Star Wars trivia - The Journal of the Whills was a formal record of history, maintained by a beings known as The Whills. During the original Star Wars writing period, George Lucas had the idea that R2D2 relayed the stories he knew to the Whills so that the Skywalker saga could be recorded for all time.
  16. Gary Whitta, one of the script writers, filmed a cameo as a Rebel pilot but it never made the final cut. 
  17. Gareth Edwards requested that that extras grow out their sideburns and mustaches to fit into the ‘70s aesthetic of A New Hope. Check out the radio operator on the Rebel Base...
  18. It falls to K-2SO to deliver the line "I've got a bad feeling about this" - be he gets cut off before he can finish the famous quote. This makes it the tenth time the line has been uttered in a Star Wars movie.
  19. It was Donnie Yen's idea for his character Chirrut Imwe to be blind. Director Gareth Edwards thought it was cool and ran with it. Yen initially turned down the role when it was first offered to him however when he told his kids about the chance, they were so excited, he changed his mind.
  20. In Saw Gerrera's cave there are paintings of monsters from director Gareth Edward's prior movies, Monsters and Godzilla
  21. As Pao sees the approaching AT-ACT on Scarif he let's out a cry of 'Karabast!' - which Rebels fans will know as a saying of characters Zeb and Ezra.
  22. You know that planet Jyn is rescued from as a prisoner? That's called Wobani. Do you think it curious that Wobani is an anagram of Obi-Wan?
  23. Chris Weitz, one of the scriptwriters, said that one of the titles of the movie that was 'kicked around' for Rogue One was 'Dark Times'.
  24. Director Gareth Edwards has a secret costumed cameo appearance as a Rebel.
  25. Speaking of directors, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson also had a cameo as an operator on the Death Star.
  26. Where A New Hope started with Darth Vader in black being surrounded by his white Storm Troopers, Rogue One reverses this with Krennic dressed in white being surrounded by his black Deathtroopers. A continuation of Lucas' Ring Theory perhaps?
  27. The ship known as 'The Ghost' from the television show Rebels makes an appearance in the final Rebel attack. It's the first leap from that show's realm to make into a Star Wars movie.
  28. And to tie into the above, Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed Chopper was in Rogue One - where? He can be briefly found on Yavin base. See the red circle in the image just below.
  29. Did you spot the blue milk in the Erso's family home? That's a nice wee Easter egg referring to Luke having a drink of it back at Uncle Owen and Beru's farm in ANH.
  30. The use of Blue Squadron was a reference to the novelization of Star Wars featuring Blue Squadron instead of Red. This was a choice made by Lucas late in the piece, after the novel was already written by Alan Dean Foster. Foster when on to write Splinter of the Mind's Eye and the novelization of The Force Awakens.
  31. Leia says the last line of the movie "What is it they've sent us? Hope." It's a clever set up for the title of A New Hope and ties in thematically well. In saying this last line, that takes Leia's tally saying the final line of a Star Wars movie to three - the other two being The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi.
  32. The Hammerhead Corvette used in the Battle of Scarif to smash one Imperial Stars Destroyer into the other was an idea taken the classic video game, Knights of the Old Republic. It was also seen in season two of Star Wars: Rebels.
  33. Rogue One sets up how Luke eventually gets the call sign 'Rogue-Five'. The Original Red Five, Pedrin Gaul, was killed during the battle over Scarif, meaning that when Luke gets involved with the Rebel assault on the Death Star, he takes up the vacancy in Red Squad.
  34. Jyn's mother Erso wears the "red sash of the enlightened' which was worn by the sects found on Jedha - the same as Chirrut wore. Given these sects were about the Whills and the Kyber Crystals, the scene when Jyn receives her mothers crystal necklace should serve to show that her mother was truly trying to protect her with the power of the Force. Also, and perhaps crucially for the plot - Chirrut was able to sense the crystal around Jyn's next on Jedha - which led to Baze and Chirrut getting caught up in Jyn's adventure.