Star Wars Battlefront from DICE is looking like it’s pretty much everything that you were hoping it would be.
“Like so many others around the world, everyone at DICE is a tremendous fan of the Star Wars universe,” said Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, Senior Producer of Star Wars Battlefront. “To be working on a Star Wars project and knowing we are helping to represent the universe we love to our generation and a legion of new Star Wars fans is truly an honor. Thanks to the access and knowledge shared with us by Lucasfilm, and the passion and talent of our team, we plan to deliver an amazing game that puts you right in the middle of the Star Wars battles you always imagined playing.”
That might be a tall order, what with the level of expectations that Star Wars fans have for the next long awaited edition of the Battlefront series. With their newest title though, veteran FPS developer DICE looks like they have pretty much all the bases covered.
It seems from the pr text that the action in Battlefront will be planet-based, meaning that there won’t be any space battles to speak of- though I suppose there could be some in orbit stuff. Still though, even without the promise of epic fleet to fleet combat, there’s a ton and a half to like here.
Although multiplayer-focused (obviously), Battlefront’s maps will also offer single-player and local co-op action. And as for player count, it looks like we’re looking at 40 for the cap. Speeder bikes, snowspeeders, TIE fighters, and even the Millennium Falcon will be playable in the game, along with the ground forces of the Empire and the Rebel Alliance (or the New Republic, if you prefer). Oh, and yes, that includes the likes of Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
As far as levels, the game will feature Endor, Hoth, Tatooine, Sullust (which has never been seen before), and Jakku. What’s Jakku? It’s the barren desert planet that you saw at the beginning of the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the scene of a pivotal battle in the fiction. The game will feature that battle, which will figure into the setup for the film, and has the New Republic taking it to the holdout forces of the Empire in a post-Return of the Jedi fight. Apparently, the game will play things out, and explain that fallen Star Destroyer from the trailer.
Jakku won’t ship with the game, but will be free DLC for everyone on December 8th. Well, unless you pre-order that is. If you do that, you’ll get to play a full week before anyone else, and get to fight the Battle of Jakku on December 1st.
The base game though, will be available way before that, as Star Wars Battlefront is set to hit the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin) on November 17th in the US and on the 19th in Europe.