After leaving the masses of Star Wars fans and gamers completely dissatisfied with 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, EA is coming back with a sequel that promises to add the depth that the first installment was sorely missing.
The first two installments of the Star Wars Battlefront Franchise were released by LucasArts and Pandemic respectively and featured a story mode that tied into the storylines of the Saga films. After a third installment was canceled due to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, fans of the series rejoiced when news of a reboot to the series broke with EA ushering the franchise to this generation of game consoles.
EA delivered a visually stunning first/third person shooter with a bevy of Online Multiplayer playing options that were both challenging and fun, and plenty of DLC content to expand the playing experience. What the game lacked, however, was the single-player campaign mode that made the previous installments by LucasArts so great. Also with such a lackluster single player experience, many fans of the series felt ripped off for having to pay for the season pass to access the addition environments and multiplayer offerings.
Promising to correct the error of their ways, EA is set to release the new installment of the series with some of the features that made the original Battlefront such a great game, and more importantly, will be offering the season pass and DLC for free. Back in is the single-player campaign and the troop class system that added so much depth to the original two installments. The return of the class system is something that fans are extremely excited about, with players able to pick a trooper with a skill set that matches their own strengths as players.
The single-player campaign will revolve around Imperial Inferno Squad Commander Iden Versio and is set moments after the destruction of the second Death Star at the end of Return of the Jedi. The story will span the 30 years between ROTJ and The Force Awakens and will presumably give us the narrative of how the last remnants of the Galactic Empire eventually form the First Order. You can currently read more about Iden Versio in the novel Battlefront II: Inferno Squad published by Del Rey Books and released earlier this summer.
Fans of the series will also be able to access the game’s open beta on October 6th, with anyone pre-ordering the game gaining access two days earlier on October 4th. The Beta will include Galactic Assault on Naboo, the 40 player brawl featured at E3, which seems to play similarly to the Walker Assault multi-stage battle in the first game. It will also feature the new Starfighter assault, a new objective and multi-stage battle that will feature an assortment of Ships familiar to fans of the Star Wars Universe. The Beta testing will provide just a taste of what’s to come when the game releases on November 17th of this year.