One of the more highly anticipated games of 2017 is Star Wars Battlefront II. During the 40 Years of Star Wars celebration, the debut trailer was revealed as well as key information for the game.
Easily the most disappointing aspect of the first game was the underwhelming single player campaign. That was one of the stronger components of the games on previous game systems with the second game chronicling the adventures of the 501st Squadron.
Battlefront II continues that theme with a story of an elite Imperial Special Forces soldier. According to developer EA, the story occurs in the largely unexplored 30-year time frame from Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens.
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Players will see the rise of the First Order, play as Iden Versio — leader of the Inferno Squad — and Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. Mark Thompson, Game Director at Motive Studios, said in a statement it was time to create a fresh story campaign that looked at the galactic battle from the other side.
Vehicle play also gets an upgrade as players can control a First Order TIE fighter. New playable major characters will be added to the fray including Darth Maul and Yoda.
Boss characters will be incorporated from the major three Star Wars eras: the prequels, Original Trilogy and Modern Trilogy. I’m curious if the game will eventually expand to include characters from Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels.
‘In Star Wars Battlefront II, we all wanted to really capture the essence of being heroic and how in Star Wars, anyone can become a hero,’ said Criterion Executive Producer Matt Webster in a statement. “Whether that’s playing as an iconic character like Rey or Luke, as a front-line trooper or fighter pilot in epic multiplayer battles, or playing through a new Star Wars story that bridges the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you will become a hero in Star Wars Battlefront II.”
In addition to the all-new single player campaign, the team at DICE is evolving the game’s multiplayer to become the ultimate Star Wars battleground. With modes supporting up to 40 players, Star Wars Battlefront II takes fans through a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras: prequel, classic and new trilogy, including new in-game locations such as Yavin 4’s jungle canopies, the spaceport town of Mos Eisley, and Starkiller Base. Players can choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero’s journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters.
As one of the most requested fan modes, galactic-scale space combat is also brought to life in Star Wars Battlefront II. Criterion, with a deep history of creating some of gaming’s fastest and intuitive vehicles, has built space combat from the ground up with refined handling, weapons, and customization options. Players can drop into the cockpit of the galaxy’s most iconic ships, weave between asteroid fields and fly through imperial dockyards in high stakes dogfights.
Folks who pre-order the game will receive exclusive Kylo Ren and Rey based on their Star Wars: The Last Jedi outfits. They will be available for ability upgrades in addition to the Last Jedi version Millennium Falcon and a new First Order ship.
Want a stronger advantage? Order the Star Wars Battlefront II: Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition and gain access to all the Star Wars: The Last Jedi inspired pre-order content from The Last Jedi Heroes and the ultimate Star Wars elite trooper. That provides upgrades of superior firepower, weapon mods and epic combat traits. That’s not all as deluxe owners get a three day window to play the game first.
Star Wars Battlefront II arrives Nov. 17 worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on Origin for PC. Can’t wait. Play First Trials on EA Access and Origin Access beginning Nov. 9.