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The Week in Fandom for April 1

The Force Awakens comes home, Supergirl meets The Flash, Oculus Rift hits the street, Final Fantasy XV makes some noise, and Ahsoka Tano’s chapter in Star Wars Rebels comes to a close.

Here’s “The Week in Fandom” for April 1:

“Chewie, we’re home.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available to watch anywhere! Today’s much-hyped digital release comes with extras, including deleted scenes, a handful of short making-of videos, and the feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey.

In other news, This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament entered it’s semi-final round on StarWars.com. If you were one of the thousands of fans who created a bracket in our Predict the Madness contest, it’s time to check and see if you’re in the top 10. We’ll announce the big winners on Tuesday, April 5.


And here’s one for your watchlist: Following a series of regional qualifying rounds, three superfans earned a spot in our Star Wars Qwizards World Championship, a global battle for ultimate trivia supremacy. It’s U.S. vs. UK vs. Japan in three rounds of no holds barred trivia.

Supergirl Meets The Flash


The long-awaited crossover between CBS’ Supergirl and The CW’s The Flash went down this week with Barry Allen arriving in National City from another universe to help Kara in her fight against Silver Banshee and the resurgent Livewire. Anticipation was high for the episode, and “Worlds Finest” zoomed past expectations.

Just seeing Kara and Barry together was awesome enough, but fans of the DC heroes were treated to so much more. Check out our Five Awesome Things About the Supergirl and The Flash Crossover.

Oculus Rift Hits the Streets

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Monday brought the official launch of the highly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and Oculus creator Palmer Lucky himself flew to Alaska to personally deliver the first unit.  The release of the Oculus Rift kicks off the first wave of consumer VR devices hitting the market this year, with the HTC Vive arriving April 5, and the PlayStation VR launching in October.

If you are a technology enthusiast with $600 to spare, and are considering taking the plunge into VR, our Oculus Rift Launch Guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started.

Final Fantasy XV Makes Some Noise

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The Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event went down Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and with it came a load of news about the beloved franchise’s plans for 2016. Fans were given new details about the next flagship Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XV, including its official launch date: Sept. 30. Originally announced as Final Fantasy Verses XIII during E3 2006, the game has been slowly reworked over ten years, and across two console generations. They also announced an all-new CGI movie starring Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul, as well as a free five-part anime series, a mobile title, and more.

Want to know all about it? We’ve got ALL the details here.

Star Wars Rebels Season Finale

 

Over the past eight years, Star Wars fans have gotten to know Ahsoka Tano. And as fans grew to love the character, once the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, we all wondered: Will Ahsoka ever face Darth Vader?

We got the answer to that question this week in “Twilight of the Apprentice,” the epic and emotional finale to the second season of Star Wars Rebels. Heeding the advice of Master Yoda, Ezra travels with Kanan and Ahsoka to the forbidden Sith world of Malachor to learn the ancient secrets of the Sith in the hopes of stopping Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. Along the way, Ezra meets Darth Maul, who also wants to destroy the Sith for all they had done to wrong him so many years ago. In the end, Ahsoka encounters Darth Vader and the two engage in the fateful duel we’ve all waited for.

What’s next for The Ghost crew? Read our predictions here.

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