As the dust from the game?s official reveal this morning settles, we sit down to look over everything we know about Star Wars: Battlefront as of this point.
Coming 10 years after the last console Battlefront, DICE is putting together a full reboot of the franchise, building this new game from scratch using the studio?s powerful Frostbite engine. This is an important new project not only for the team, but also EA and Disney?as Battlefront marks the first release in a new 10-year deal between the companies centered around Star Wars video games.
Taking part in classic, epic battles from across the first six Star Wars movies is central to the core of Battlefront, and at its max, 40 players will be able to square off against one another on the battlefield (with other modes having different player caps specific to their objectives).
While there will be no single-player campaign in the game, players will have a long list of scripted missions to play through when not wanting to jump into the chaos of online multiplayer. You won?t need to accomplish these alone, however, as a friend (or loved one, or stranger) can join up with you either over the internet or in person via local split-screen co-op.
Just, if we can give you a piece of advice: if you do go with the ?stranger? option for your teammate, you might not want to go the ?local split-screen? route for safety reasons.
On a technical level, we?ve got some great news: Battlefront will be 60 frames per second across all three platforms (PS4, Xbox One, PC), so no one will need to feel like they?re left out from playing the best version of the game. As well, DICE is putting an end to the age-old ?first-person vs third-person? argument, as players can switch between both on the fly.
Of course, it wouldn?t be a Battlefront game if it weren?t for one important factor: battles. While EA and DICE are still keeping many details close to their chests on this one (beyond what we?ll get to in a moment in the other categories below), there are a few things we can tell you. The main factions in the game will be the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, but obviously those sides will change when you?re engaging in scenarios from the prequels. At that point, it?ll be the Trade Federation squaring off against the Grand Army of the Republic (and its clone troopers).
And now, I?m forced to bring you some potentially disappointing news: there will be no space battles. You?ll have plenty of opportunities to take to the skies in some of the series? classic vehicles, but you won?t be going off planet in any of them.
Still, there will be ample amounts of action going on down on the surface to keep you occupied. One multiplayer mode we know about is ?Walker Assault,? where you?ll be in charge of the forces on Endor, trying to take out a squadron of Empire AT-ATs and AT-STs (as hinted at in the official trailer).
So far, DICE has revealed five planets that will be part of the overall Battlefront experience: Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, Sullust, and Jakku. Jakku is, of course, the new desert planet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but most will probably be unfamiliar with Sullust. While it?s seen little more than brief mentions here and there throughout the expanded universe, Sullust is actually one of the oldest planets in Star Wars lore, having existed in early drafts of A New Hope before later being removed. Sullust is said to be a rocky planet overflowing with lava, which should provide for some interesting gameplay scenarios never before seen in the Battlefront series (not to mention a nice change of pace for those sick of the snow and cold of Hoth).
And while we don?t have a full map count for each of the game?s planets just yet, we do know that there will be multiple maps for each, thanks to the confirmation of two maps being a part of the Battle of Jakku DLC.
The Vehicles and Characters
So, let?s tackle one of the most important questions for longtime fans of the Star Wars series: which familiar faces will be showing up in the game, and what iconic vehicles will you be able to pilot?
Well, answering the second question first, so far we know that the following will play a part in Battlefront in some way: X-wings, TIE fighters, Speeder bikes, Snow speeders, AT-ATs, AT-STs, and the Millennium Falcon. While most of those will be directly controllable by players, not all of them will?as options such as the AT-ATs act mostly on their own, though players can give them some degree of commands to affect their behavior and battle strategies.
Like previous Battlefront games, most of your time here will be spent playing as one of the many soldiers that make up the various armies of both sides of battles. There will be a twist on that, however, as we?ll finally be getting the previously unthinkable: female Stormtroopers.
Like Battlefront II, however, DICE?s new game will also feature a Hero system, where players can briefly control beloved heroes and villains from across the Star Wars mythos (if they earn enough points during battle). We only know two of the names on that list so far, but they?re both great choices: Darth Vader and Boba Fett. (Just, you know, stay away from any Sarlacc pits after earning the latter.)
Finally, Battlefront?s first DLC release was also revealed today, the free-to-download Battle of Jakku. Helping to bridge the stories between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the DLC will be available to all owners of the game come December 8th. However, those who pre-order before then will have access to Battle of Jakku a week early on December 1st.
In case you missed it, check out the first official trailer for the game that was released earlier this morning. Learn more about Star Wars: Battlefront and pre-order your copy now at: http://bit.ly/1NUxBXG