After a trailer leak, Star Wars Celebration 2017 and EA decided to one up themselves and delivered the goods with another brand-new Star Wars Battlefront II trailer. From what we see here, it looks like gamers will be the first to see some locales from The Last Jedi when the game drops November 17th, and we’ll finally witness the fall of the Empire, as well as those awkward years for the bad guys when they were off looking for Snoke (catch up on the canon).
The trailer focuses on Iden Versio, who is the “commander of Inferno Squad—an Imperial special forces unit equally lethal on the ground and in space. Encounter many of Star Wars’ greatest characters in a story of revenge, betrayal, and redemption that spans 30 years,” according to the EA official site. She’s on Endor as the second Death Star explodes in The Return of the Jedi, killing the Emperor and leaving the Empire rudderless.
Now, some questions
Notice how Endor at the beginning of the trailer looks ripped straight from the original Battlefront? Since we’re going to be fighting across eras and there’s overlap in locations and story, will we be lucky enough to have some of the environments from Rogue One or the original trilogy featured in the first game? Let’s hope they don’t go to waste.
Whether this single player mode that spans the galaxy only allows you to play as the (suddenly humanized) Imperial commander isn’t made entirely clear. She looks like she’s relatively young, so there’s no way we see her in the prequel trilogy settings. It seems like we’ll going on an adventure a little before Episode IV (when Darth Maul was still alive), through Episodes V, VI, VII and maybe VIII and IX. The prequel trilogy will just be for multiplayer, right?
The multiplayer hype is what’s expected with an emphasis on the original Battlefront games. There is a clear hierarchy between the hero characters and the multiple classes below them. True customization coming back is a welcome addition and I will be the annoying guy constantly saying “roger roger” as a droid, come at me.
- But, will we essentially just have a Battlefield-esque squad loadout and call it a day?
- Will we be able to spawn on more than one person?
- Will Heroes be picked like the old games, or will they work like Battlefront?
- Will there be a Jango Fett along with Boba?
Who is this mysterious person in red giving Versio orders?
Notice the Darth Maul on Yoda action — it’s 1 v 1. One game mode that was missing (among many in Battlefront) was a way to pit the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe against each other. So many of these epic battles take place one on one, with expository dialogue. I want to Count Dooku to fight Darth Maul in the middle of Cloud City while me and my dumb buddies make up non-canon reasons for doing so (jealousy of being supplanted as the apprentice). Hopefully, this happens in Battlefront 2. We even get what looks like Rey vs. future lover (???) Kylo Ren towards the end of the trailer. It’s hard to tell, though.
Also — Tatooine battles?
Now here’s some cool stuff you may have missed
Yoda being a badass staring down equally badass Darth Maul? Yes, please. Thanks. And are they fighting where Maul killed Qui-Gon?
We see Starkiller base, under attack. Could this battle be from The Last Jedi or Episode IX?
Oh, and split-screen fun for the whole family (not just on Xbox):
Here’s more official artwork depicting a battle on what looks to be on Yavin 4, where the Rebels have their base, as we’ve seen, from Rogue One to Episode VII at the very least. A taste of things to come?
And if you want to learn more about the characters of the campaign, there’s a tie-in book. Yay backstories to hook in our emotions!
After watching this, it’s clear that while Battlefront was fun, it blew the opportunity to be the Smash Bros. of Star Wars games. It looks like the people behind Battlefront 2 understands gamers want tons of modes and gameplay variation across as much content as possible. So it seems like there’s a ton of stuff that’s going to scratch nearly every itch a Star Wars gaming fan has.
The most important takeaway from this is EA getting away from the silly paid DLC add-ons that split the playerbase. Free DLC is huge for the health of the game. Season passes were the worst.
But there seems to be one glaring omission from this trailer:
Where you at, Kenobi?!