The timeless storytelling of the Star Wars franchise is made all the better by its varied cast of iconic characters. The Star Wars Battlefront series long ago realized its experience could be much improved by intermixing some of these popular characters into its shooter gameplay. The upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II has the biggest cast of hero and villain characters for the series yet, pulling from all three eras of the franchise, but there are still many faces being left out. As the focus of the sequel’s heroes and villains seems to be on some of the biggest names across the different sagas, we wanted to add a few champions that we felt also deserved to make the cut.
Fans never quite got to see the full potential of Mace Windu, a Jedi Master whose life was cut short in the prequel trilogy. His likeness appeared in a number of games, but his roles in these experiences were never particularly distinct. Star Wars Battlefront II, on the other hand, defines each of its heroes with unique abilities that give them their own identity. It would be interesting to see what abilities Mace Windu would end up with, and how his fighting style would fare on the battlefront. Additionally, Emperor Palpatine was recently confirmed for the game, and most would agree that Windu deserves a rematch.
For those unfamiliar, this is the badass blind guy from Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. Rouge One added a handful of stellar characters to the Star Wars legacy, but few had stones on them quite like this guy. Just to reiterate: HE’S BLIND, and yet he could knock Empire heads with the best of them using nothing but a staff and his wits. Interestingly, his blindness seemed to be more of a strength than a disability, giving him heightened perception of the threats around him which allowed him to evade danger better than those that relied on their eyes. Perhaps this evasion tactic could even be one of the character’s skills in the game, activated by chanting “I am one with the force, the force is with me.”
Again, if you don’t recognize this name, go check out the guy fighting alongside Îmwe in Rogue One. These two make quite the formidable duo, but while Îmwe is all about grace and precision, Malbus subscribes to the school of overkill and firepower. The character himself is interesting enough, but what truly makes him a good fit for the game is his heavy repeater cannon, which looks to be one of the beefiest infantry weapons in all of Star Wars. His character would no doubt be a little slow, carrying that massive ammo battery on his back, but that gun would cut through hostiles like cheap cardboard.
No, we’re not suggesting that BB-8 be transformed into a bipedal droid and rush the frontlines, but what if there was more to the game than killing? While numerous abilities across the game’s various classes and characters can provide support, at the end of the day, everyone has some kind of method for taking down enemies. BB-8 could be a unique exception in that his small size, fast speed, and lack of offensive capabilities make him qualified for a solely supportive role, zipping around the battlefield with offerings of various buffs to his teammates. The game’s slow projectile speed already makes landing shots difficult, so imagine trying to snipe that tiny ball.
Does the arguably most hated character in the history of fiction deserve to be in Star Wars Battlefront II? Sure, why the hell not. There are several multiplayer maps set in the era of the prequel trilogy, so this Gungan has just as much right to ride into battle as any other hero character, and if we’re arguing qualifications, his antics have earned him a higher droid kill count than many other characters currently in the game. It is hard to say what kind of weapons and abilities he would wield, but they would no doubt have to be quirky.
Supreme Leader Snoke
This would possibly be the trickiest character to add to the game out of this entire hypothetical list because the Star Wars community currently knows very little about Snoke. Since his appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have set the internet on fire trying to determine what his true identity is, but we do not seem to be any closer to discovering it. We will likely learn more about the character from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi later this year. Granted, the film will come out after the game has already launched, but there’s nothing to stop EA from adding him as DLC after the fact. Whoever he turns out to be, there is no doubt he wields some powerful Force abilities to have reached the position he’s in, and if Emperor Palpatine has taught us anything, it’s that being old and deformed won’t stop someone from charging into the fray.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Kyle Katarn. Most popularly known as the protagonist of the Jedi Knight game series, Katarn appears to be low-key one of the most powerful Jedi (and overall capable human beings) to ever live. It’s up for debate how much of this power is him and how much is cheating and character progression in the game, but it can’t be denied that he knows his way around the Force and a lightsaber. Katarn also wields a staggering arsenal of weapons and gadgets, giving him an edge in basically every combat scenario. Battlefront II introduces hero characters with three of their most iconic moves or gadgets, but when it comes to Kyle, it would be hard to pick just three things out of his toolbox.