Star Wars Battlefront‘s reverence for its source material doesn’t stop with the original trilogy of films, as EA and DICE’s multiplayer shooter also delivers a feature that appears to draw inspiration from an unexpected corner of Star Wars history: the Kenner line of action figures from the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Lead Heroes designer Jamie Keen told PlayStation LifeStyle that Battlefront will offer its most dedicated players a chance to view their accomplishments in a special diorama section of the game, a likely nod to Star Wars’ earliest toy lines.
?The other thing that we have is the diorama, which will be an area we?re going to be showing a lot of the characters and things, and there?s where you?ve got the real completionists?what they?ll be looking at,? Keen explained. ?There?ll be very specific gameplay actions that you need to complete that will then unlock certain characters in the diorama.?
Keen wouldn’t divulge the final game’s level cap or estimate how long it might take players to achieve beyond a vague estimate of “tens of hours.” He suggested instead that the true limit for die-hard completionists would be finishing the diorama, a task he says demands a significantly larger chunk of playtime than merely reaching max level.
While the feature sounds similar to showcase modes that let players to collect and view character models outside the context of gameplay, the Kenner dioramas hold so many memories for an entire generation of Star Wars fans that it’s hard to see DICE’s attempts at including something similar as anything less than genuine love for the franchise.
Then again, the most well-known Star Wars diorama came in Kenner’s 1977 “Early Bird Certificate Package,” which the manufacturer devised after realizing it would be unable to produce enough toys in time for the holiday season. Instead, Kenner essentially sold parents an empty envelope. Its contents amounted to some stickers, a mail-in certificate for the initial set of four action figures, and the diorama, which allowed children to stare longingly at full-color illustrations of the toys they would not have for months.
Given some community accusations that EA is rushing Battlefront to get it out before The Force Awakens?and given that DICE’s last game, Battlefield 4, launched with serious technical problems that left some players waiting the better part of a year for a stable multiplayer experience?that might not be the best vein of nostalgia to tap.
Star Wars Battlefront will release on November 17, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.