Star Wars Battlefront was incredible... for a hot second. The impressive visuals, sound design, gorgeous maps and attention to detail made the opening moments of flying through the canyons of Tatooine one of the most exciting gaming experiences of 2015. However, these opening moments failed to allude to the lacking content in the rest of the game. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is not going to make that mistake again.
Everything We Know About 'Star Wars Battlefront 2' So Far
Electronic Arts and DICE are teaming up once more in the hopes of delivering the ultimate Star Wars gaming experience—a great story, superb multiplayer and all the famous characters we can handle. We don't know as much about the game as we'd like right now, but recent interviews with the development team have given us an insight into various aspects of the game. Let's take a peak—here's everything we know so far about Star Wars Battlefront 2!
Did you spot all of the features in the reveal trailer for Battlefront 2?
'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Single Player Campaign
The single player campaign for Star Wars Battlefront 2 is told from the perspective of the Galactic Empire during the 30 year gap between the destruction of the Death Star and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The story kicks off from the perspective of Fire Squadron, an elite special unit, and their leader Iden Versio (who we'll be controlling), whom we see baffled by the destruction of the Death Star on the planet of Endor in the reveal trailer. This team is a hybrid of fighter pilot and commando, meaning we can expect a mixture of ground and space combat during the campaign. Game director Mark Thompson had this to say regarding the campaign:
So yeah, it is a continuous story with a beginning, middle and end and you follow Iden's journey for 30 years from the end of Jedi up to the Force Awakens at Starkiller base.
After the events of Jedi Returns it's assumed that the Galactic Forces remaining launch another attack on the Rebels in retaliation for the destruction of the Empire. We'll even see elements of The First Order creep into Star Wars Battlefront 2 as they begin to amass new forces! The game will actually cover 30 years of warfare, so it's likely we'll see Iden at the age of 50 still kicking ass... or dying.
In the image above you can see a little robot companion accompanying Iden. This little dude will kind of function as an Imperial version of an R2 unit, though it can attach itself to the back of Iden's armor. This droid will be taking part in the minute-to-minute gameplay during the campaign, though what exactly that means is unclear. Perhaps he'll be hacking doors or can function as a little support blaster, and it's been suggested that we'll be able to upgrade him and our gear to suit our particular playstyle. However, we won't just be controlling Iden in Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Throughout the game's campaign we'll have the opportunity to play as hero characters from both sides of the war. So far it's been confirmed that we'll take control of Luke Skywalker at one stage and Kylo Ren during another. Beyond this we don't know too much about how the story will develop, but we do know that it was written by a team of two: ex-IGN writer Mitch Dyer, and Walt Williams, the man behind the exceptional story of Spec Ops: The Line. We have high hopes, friends!
'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Multiplayer
As the reveal trailer demonstrated, Star Wars Battlefront 2's multiplayer will feature locations, characters and events from across the franchise—from the dingy Skywalker hut to the base of Kylo Ren. The only Star Wars stuff exempt from this are the spin-offs, so no Rogue One or Rebels. But it does mean we'll get a lovely bunch of Clone Wars goodies thrown into the classic mix of ships, guns, characters and planets.
Multiplayer battles will feature up to 40 players at a time, which is bound to be disappointing for those who were expecting Battlefield 1-style 64 player bouts. However, DICE maintain that anymore players on the battlefield would throw the particular style of gameplay featured in their Battlefront games into disarray. Aside from the player count, we don't know much about the multiplayer modes we can anticipate.
However, we will have SPACE BATTLES! They're finally coming to the main part of the game following the disappointing lack of cold deaths in the first title. In these battles we'll be piloting all of the classic ships we had in Star Wars Battlefront plus all those beauties from The Force Awakens. DICE have yet to show off the vehicles we'll be piloting from the Clone Wars—however, concept art has shown Jango Fett's ship along with Obi Wan's Starfighter from The Clone Wars. We're terribly excited to see what we'll piloting come November.
The multiplayer maps confirmed so far are Tatooine, Hoth and Yavin 4. But some concept art shown at this year's Star Wars Celebration suggests that the rain-drenched planet of Kamino will be one of the many battlefields we'll be knocking around in. Additionally the reveal trailer showcased locations like Endor, Sullust, Starkiller Base, Takodana and Vardos. Though DICE haven't confirmed these as multiplayer planets, it seems like a pretty safe bet.
A big fan request regarding the previous game has been granted for Star Wars Battlefront 2: A class system! There are four trooper classes in total and each will have its own progression and customization systems. There will be tons of character outfits too, akin to the first game, all depending on the era you're fighting in. Plus as you change your specific class, the changes will carry over to the other eras!
We'll also be controlling heroes and villains again in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and you can check out all of the confirmed playable characters over here! However, they've been changed from the first game. Each hero will have their own career paths allowing players to unlock new abilities as they progress and tailor their favorite goodies and badies to their own playstyle. This transfers over to the hero ships, so you'll be able to customize all of them as well!
Though it hasn't been officially confirmed it seems like each planet will have its own unique mode of transport. For instance, we saw ridable tauntauns in the reveal trailer on Hoth, plus Luke's ground speeder on Tatooine. Perhaps there'll be a lot more vehicle-riding in the sequel, which, obviously, we're not complaining about.
'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Release Date & Season Pass
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on #XboxOne, #PS4 and #PC on November 17, however, if you pre-order the game's Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition you'll be able to play the game from the 14th instead with some nice bonuses thrown in.
On the Elite Trooper Deluxe Pre-Order Edition, players can expect a few little bonuses. Every trooper class (Officer, Assault, Heavy and Specialist) is upgraded, delivering superior firepower, deadly weapon modifications and epic combat abilities. These include the following:
- Elite Officer Upgrade Pack:
Blurrg-1120 + enhanced grip modification
Battle Command epic ability
- Heavy Metal Upgrade Pack:
FWMB-10 ""Megablaster"" + barrel vent modification
Personal Shield epic ability
- Armored Assault Upgrade Pack:
CR-2 + trigger modification
Grenade epic ability
- Master Specialist Upgrade Pack:
A280-CFE + scope modification
Laser Trip Mine epic ability
In addition, pre-orderers can enjoy the Star Wars Battlefront 2: The Last Jedi Heroes, which includes exclusive themed outfits for Kylo Ren and Rey, plus some extra ability modifiers. Details below:
- Exclusive** STAR WARS™: THE LAST JEDI™ themed looks for Kylo Ren and Rey
- 1 ability modifier that upgrades Millennium Falcon to the #StarWarsTheLastJedi Millennium Falcon
- 2 epic ability modifiers for Rey, with enemy mind control
- 2 epic ability modifiers for Kylo Ren, to freeze and pull opponents with the Force
- 1 epic ability modifier for a new First Order hero ship
And so my friends, that is everything we know about Star Wars Battlefront 2 so far. We'll be sure to update everything as more information regarding the single player and multiplayer modes become available. What do you think? Will this be the #StarWars game we've been dreaming of?
Get yourself pumped with the Last Jedi trailer below: