Star Wars Battlefront II hits store shelves next week and it looks as though the game’s publisher is also gearing up to get fans ready for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi next month with a slew of free downloadable content and events.
EA has announced that beginning December 5, Star Wars Battlefront II players can choose to either align themselves with the First Order or the Resistance. Choosing a faction will not only offer you rewards but also your fair share of consequences as you engage in various challenges to unlock new rewards.
Finn and Captain Phasma will join the roster of playable heroes on December 13. Both characters can be purchased with in-game credits and there will also be yet another event where the winning faction will allow you to garner upgrades for either Finn and Phasma. Two new maps will also be released on the same day as players will be able to engage in the new Crait planetary map and engage the enemy in your ship in the D’qar Starfighter Assault Map.
Also featured will be two new hero ships that include Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-Wing that will boast a new ability that will be featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Tallie Lintra’s RZ-2 A-Wing. Lastly, players will once again be able to step into the shoes of Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront II: Resurrection, a single player add-on that takes place in “the days of the First Order’s rise to power.”
With EA stepping away from the previous entry’s much-maligned season pass model, it looks as though there is sure to be a wealth of free content on the horizon for Star Wars Battlefront II players that will definitely keep the game’s online community unified and increase the lifespan of the upcoming title.
Star Wars Battlefront II expands upon the experience of the previous game by allowing players to take the fight through three different eras of Star Wars history – the Clone Wars of the Prequel Trilogy, the Galactic Civil War of the Original Trilogy, and the currently-unnamed conflict between the First Order, New Republic, and the Resistance that serves as the focal point of the Sequel Trilogy. The game features a single-player campaign that also helps fill in the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, showing a campaign from the perspective of an elite Imperial soldier as she and her squad fight the Rebel Alliance after the second Death Star is destroyed.
The game will feature 14 multiplayer maps at launch, 4 single-player maps specifically designed for the game’s campaign, 14 playable heroes, 39 playable vehicles, and more of everything being added over time via free downloadable content. One such expansion will add two new heroes and two new maps tied to The Last Jedi, set for release shortly before the movie itself comes out.
Star Wars Battlefront II releases on November 17, 2017.
7 ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Movies We Should See Next
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is turning out to be a huge win for Disney and Lucasfilm in terms of both box office and overall critical acclaim. The grand experiment to see if fans of Star Wars are willing to see something vastly different from the episodic Skywalker saga led to a pretty inarguable conclusion, so of course we’re going to get even more of these “anthology” movies Disney has already admitted they want to keep making forever.
A young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian movie is in the works, probably tying in Boba Fett, as well, and rumors tells us that we could get a bounty hunter movie, a young Yoda spinoff, and just about anything else you can imagine that borrows from familiar franchise lore.
Personally, I find the idea of delving into established characters a bit reductive, in the sense that these “character prequels” have already proven to be far less interesting than something like Rogue One, which offers new faces and story arcs that happen ancillary to the main event. Unless they pull off a miracle with “Young Han Solo” by breaking this convention, I’m having a hard time looking forward to anything featuring the backstory of characters who’ve already had their time to shine.
The 9 movies I think Disney and Lucasfilm should make next are definitely departures to the formula in some ways, similar to how Rogue One let itself be a gritty war drama instead of a hero’s journey epic, not that Star Wars should avoid anything resembling the main franchise as long as it adds a new flavor to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
Let’s begin, then, with a trip that’s longer ago than any Star Wars movie yet…