Star Wars Battlefront 2: What We Know So Far
Christopher Duclos / Sep 14th, 2017 No Comments
If you’re like me, you love Star Wars. Ever since I was a kid carrying around the original trilogy on VHS, I’ve loved Star Wars. Timeless characters like Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt on iconic settings such as Cloud City and Tattooine were all tied together by a rich symphonic score by John Williams. The original trilogy blessed viewers with a lot of heart, with memorable characters placed into a very linear, “good vs evil” storyline.
Riding on the coattails of the films’ success, gamers have been treated to such classics as Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Academy and Rogue Squadron for the Nintendo 64. But if you’re also like me, you will initially question if a new Star Wars game could possibly live up to the pop cultural masterpieces that we all know and love.
Enter the recently revived Battlefront franchise, a third-person shooter that began in 2004 to give gamers and fans alike a widely scoped experience of Star Wars combat. The Battlefront franchise was given over to EA games and DICE to develop this same Star Wars experience for current generation consoles. Developers seemed to have capitalized on the reminiscence of Star Wars through music, setting and style. So, what went wrong?
Battlefront’s release was bungled and plagued by a subscription-based system that required players to shell out an additional $49.99 for a season pass on top of the purchase of the game itself. This came with a whole host of in-game bugs, the lack of a single-player campaign, and gameplay that, while initially fun, became stale.
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The common critique of the game can be summed up by “why would EA give us an unfinished game?” Thus, the experience of the 2015 Star Wars Battlefront was short lived as once excited gamers stowed their copies on their shelves thinking about other ways they could have spent their money.
EA and DICE are back at it with the upcoming release of Star Wars Battlefront 2. They listened to the harsh critiques from the fanbase and are looking to make up for it by giving us the Star Wars Battlefront experience we have been craving for some time. Here is what we can expect for the next installment in the Star Wars Battlefront franchise:
Single-Player Campaign Reporting In
To the dismay of many Star Wars and Battlefront fans, the first installment of the franchise lacked a single-player campaign. DICE listened to the complaints of the lack thereof and has responded by making a campaign a corner stone of the upcoming Battlefront 2 release.
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Developers have revealed that players will be thrust into a storyline nestled post-destruction of the second Death Star in Epidsode VI – Return of the Jedi. Enter Iden Versio, Imperial Special Forces Commander of the Inferno Squad.
Players will be treated to the Imperial point of view of events that transpired after the destruction of the second Death Star and the Imperial Emperor himself.
DICE took the time to bring the game’s characters to life by hiring actors to not only voice the characters but to capture their movements as the scenes would play out in the game.
Star Wars Prequel and New Characters Join the Fray
Star Wars enthusiasts rejoice — especially those that wondered what it would be like to control characters such as Kylo Ren and Darth Maul. EA revealed these characters will be playable in Battlefront 2’s full length reveal trailer.
Throughout the trailer appear notable Jedi, Sith and prominent characters from all of the trilogy eras. This will give players opportunities to see Yoda square off with new characters such as Kylo Ren or pit Darth Maul against Rey.
Battlefront 2 will expand all eras of the universe and could open up new possibilities by releasing additional content as DLC.
A Newly Expanded Multiplayer Experience
EA and DICE are looking to expand on the previous Battlefront’s lofty goal of bringing a thrilling Star Wars experience through your internet connection. Battlefront 2 will look to place up to 40 players into somewhat story-cohesive conflicts that will leverage not only land but aerial battles as well. This is an expected feature to the game, and especially one from DICE.
However, the biggest feature of the sequel is the return of space battles. This was another highly-requested feature that was missing in the last entry to the series. Unfortunately, this will only provide for 24 versus, and so far, there is no indication that it will feature global to space intertwining battle schemes.
For console players only: Just when we thought that the couch co-op feature was on the outs in popular shooters, DICE will be giving you and your friends the opportunity to experience the game alongside one another from the comfort of your sofa. Sadly, this co-op feature will only be available for the single-player campaign.
No Season Pass
Let us all remember in dismay that the first Battlefront required players to spend $100 or more to enjoy all the content the game had to offer. Now let out a sigh of relief.
As we are aware at this point, experiencing Battlefront 2 to its fullest at launch will not require shelling out additional cash. EA will be releasing two different versions of the game: Standard and Deluxe.
The Deluxe version of the game will provide a three-day early access period paired with upgraded versions of all classes at release and additional unlocked ability/weapon content. There will also be exclusive skins and upgrade modifiers for Episode 7 characters Kylo Ren and Rey.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 releases Nov. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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