The latest episode of The Star Wars Show highlights a plethora of newly-released information made available at the ongoing EA Play and E3 presentations, along with an interview with actress Janina Gavankar, who will be playing protagonist Iden Versio in the game’s campaign.
EA has made it abundantly clear that they heard the biggest criticisms of 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront (such as a lack of a single-player campaign, no representation for eras outside of the Original Trilogy, and the absence of classes) loud and clear, and as such designed their sequel to be more in line with what the fans have been demanding. Battlefront II/DICE producer Craig McLeod chimed in on the importance of bringing a class system back into the franchise:
“Our class system is an incredible change. We found with our first game that people were all playing the same way, and that’s not what we want. We want to create teams and synergies between players, so now we have an assault class, we have a heavy class, an officer class and a specialist class, and they all play in unique ways… We haven’t just increased the number of locations, we haven’t just done this across multiple eras, we have more heroes, we have more weapons, we have more vehicles, we have more of everything, and all of these have a greater depth to them.”
Criterion’s Matt Webster took a moment to highlight that vehicles – like individual classes and playable heroes – are going to be customizable, and that this will be an important part of the Battlefront II experience:
“The vehicles are such a significant part of the game, and those skills are transferrable, so what you see on the Assault on Theed, you get to play in the V-wing or the Vulture Droid, those skills are gonna work for you in the larger space experiences.”
Co-writer Mitch Dyer also mentioned that everything was under consideration for the game, and suggested that we might see more than just movie content in the future of the title:
“Our game dips its fingers into everything Star Wars. We read Lost Stars, we read the comics, we watch Rebels… Everything that is Star Wars is super important to every Star Wars story, ’cause it’s one story!”
In addition, The Star Wars Show had an interview with Gavankar, who was incredibly giddy and touched over the fact that she would get to play a Star Wars character that she had such a personal connection to. Gavankar encouraged Battlefront fans to look into the tie-in novel, Inferno Squad, which she revealed that she would be recording the audiobook for:
“We know that every villain is the hero of their own story. It’s exciting and it means a lot to be able to explain this perspective. The other thing that I really urge people to do is to, is get – and – read – the – book. It’s written by Christie Golden, and it’s the backstory of Inferno Squad, so… GET! THE! BOOK! Because you’re gonna get our entire backstory, and it’s gonna explain so much of who we from the second you pick up your controller. That would be very good for people to know and understand and feel at the level we do when we made the game before you play it… There is so much drama that I didn’t know existed in Iden’s backstory that made her who she is from the moment that you start that game. Some very deep and very dark things have happened to that woman. And then it opened a line of communication between Christie [Golden] and I, that I value so dearly.”
The video can be seen below:
Star Wars Battlefront II releases on November 17, 2017. Meanwhile, The Star Wars Show airs on Wednesdays on the official Star Wars channel.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!