Pop News Catch-up: Star Wars Book, Stranger Things, and Halo

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Over the past two weeks a lot has happened in the world of entertainment. Information was revealed on a new Star Wars book, the Stranger Things season three trailer dropped, and some Halo news was announced.

Black Spire:

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be opening this summer, and leading up to its grand debut, Disney and the Lucasfilm Story Group have been hard at work weaving the location into the Star Wars lore. It was mentioned in Solo, and was the setting for Thrawn: Alliances, and now it is being granted an even greater spread. There will be at least one book and a short series of comics from Marvel, directly detailing the planet and outpost’s canon history, and why it is in the state it is when fans arrive.

As previously announced, guests to Galaxy’s Edge will be dropped in the middle of both Resistance and First Order forces in the build up to Episode IX. A new book, fittingly called Black Spire, after the canon name of the park, will revolve around Vi Moradi, a Resistance spy introduced in the novel Phasma, also written by Black Spire author Delilah S. Dawson. A release by Disney Parks states, “After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.” The release goes on to tease further cooperation with the former First Order captain Cardinal, and tussles with devoted stormtroopers as she tries to rally a loyal force out of the scum and villainy residing on the planet.

Stranger Things:

Netflix recently released the trailer for Stranger Things season three. It is set in 1985, about six months after the ominus close of season two. The protagonists are mumbling about now being teens, and that everything has changed, just since that winter.

Also, summer festivities are in full swing, with the season being set at the Fourth of July, coinciding with the season’s release date. Billy has a job as a lifeguard (and has an awful looking infection). In fact, a lot of people have jobs. Steve works at an ice cream parlor in the new Starcourt Mall, and it looks like Jonathan and Nancy are getting jobs at the Hawkins Post.

There are new monsters, disco dancing Mind-Flayer lights, upside down people-eating pools, and rats. But stay tuned for a later article (or practically anywhere on the internet) that will further discuss these problems.

Halo:

343 Industries recently announced that the Master Chief Collection, or MCC, will soon be getting a massive upgrade. The collection, which features Halo 1-4, as well as Halo 3: ODST, and all of the multiplayer content that comes with them. 343 has long been receptive of community input, and has now decided to fulfill two of the greatest wishes.

The original, Bungie controlled Halo had PC compatibility, but this was lost when Microsoft took over. Since then, fans have wanted the games back on PC. 343, under the promise of pizza, delivered. The MCC will release in game-by-game increments starting later this year, and that leads to the next announcement.

The MCC will now remember Reach. Halo: Reach serves as a prequel to the saga, and has long been absent since the Xbox 360 sunset, and the game wasn’t made forward compatible, simply disappearing off of the face of the gaming world. Now, Reach will be overhauled with the MCC’s suite of features including 60FPS and 4K graphics on compatible devices. Halo: Reach will also be added to the MCC on Xbox later this year, as a premium digital add-on, like the Halo 3: ODST campaign.

Also, 343 has launched the Halo Insider program which will allow fans to register for a chance to beta test new games and features, in a similar fashion to the Microsoft Insider program for the Microsoft store.

Unfortunately, there is no new news on the Halo live action series, nor Halo: Infinite. Stay tuned for more on these topics as information comes to light. It is likely that such information will be revealed at E3 2019, which will take place between June 11th and 13th.