Between my birthday and the long weekend, the past few days have been a little quiet around here. That’s all going change this week with plenty of reviews coming down the pipeline. Until then let’s take a look at was shown at Star Wars Celebration over the weekend.
Star Wars: Battlefront II has been officially announced and will be released November 17th, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Here’s the initial teaser trailer:
Star Wars: Battlefront was a fun game but it got boring fast. I don’t remember playing it for more than a weekend. There wasn’t much there to keep me interested especially with a lack of single player. Based on what we’ve seen from Battlefront II it looks like EA has listened and given us the game we should have gotten two years ago.
The single player campaign has you in control of a woman Storm Trooper, named Iden Versio, played by Janina Gavankar. She’s a special forces Imperial soldier who vows revenge on the Rebel Alliance after seeing Death Satr II get blown up from the surface of Endor. It will be a nice change of pace to take down the Rebellion.
This story is canon which is an unexpected surprise. You’ll be able to read all about Iden and her brand new Inferno Squad on July 25th. Iden was raised on Vardos, a new planet created for the game that is described as an Imperial utopia. She was raised to understand Imperial beliefs. Her team is being described at the best at everything they do in the Empire from ground battle to flying to sabotage. She and her team sound super badass.
The story will follow Iden and her droid sidekick on a journey that will span the time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Operation Cinder will also make an appearance for fans of Shattered Empire. Iden is not the only character you will play as in the single player either. You’ll also be able to control Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren and other stars of the series.
This single player campaign has enough to get me excited for the next game and am considering a first-day purchase. This sounds really good. It’s also worth noting that Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams is handling the story.
On top of the single-player multiplayer has been drastically expanded. It will now span all eras: Prequels, Clone Wars, Original Trilogy and Sequal Trilogy. Players will be able to upgrade and customize their heroes and give them new abilities. Heroes include Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Rey, Darth Maul and many more. There will be many more vehicles including a tauntaun and SPACE BATTLES! My nerd boner is hard. Criterion has been brought in to help with vehicle movement which was a huge problem in the first game.
Players will no longer acquire vehicles and heroes by grabbing power ups but instead earning them through various gameplay goals. You’ll also be able to upgrade your standard troopers to take on the heroes. That seems kinda odd but I’ll wait to see how it plays out in the next few months.
The trailers also show off much more variety in character selection including resistance fighters, Imperial officers, First Order stormtroopers and battle droids. They will all be playable with more to be revealed later on.
I’m amazed at all the new content planned for Battlefront II and I’m really hoping EA delivers. This has the potential to be a massive game. There will also be a Last Jedi tie-in via DLC/preorder but details are scarce at this time.