For most Star Wars fans, all eyes are on The Last Jedi and to a slightly lesser extent, the Rebels TV show and the plethora of books that are expanding the extensive canon of the Star Wars universe as it enters its 40th year. This is a great time for the historians of a galaxy far, far away. Now they know Han stole Greedo’s girlfriend, why Darth Vader was so insistent on “no disintegrations” from Boba Fett, and the main plot is being pushed forward for the 8th time in the last four decades. What some may be looking over is the impact Battlefront 2‘s campaign will have on the overall story of Luke, Han, and the Empire.
As we get closer to Battlefront 2’s November 17 launch, we’re learning more about the campaign’s story which will span from Return of the Jedi, well into The Force Awakens, all from the perspective of an elite Empire soldier.
Since Disney wiped the expanded universe’s lore, massive gaps in timelines have needed to be filled, and now we’re in the shoes of Commander Iden Versio, who is stomping Rebels and Ewoks as the second Death Star blows up. From there, we’ll presumably see how Kylo Ren’s First Order buddies came about and how the Empire as we know it fell, but the recent campaign trailer shows another interesting location: Episode I‘s Naboo. Home of Queen Amidala, Palpatine, and most importantly, Jar Jar Binks.
It’s clear that Dice is using some of the multiplayer levels and assets in the single-player game, that’s expected, but the inclusion of The Phantom Menace location has to have a purpose beyond just shoehorning in a beautiful, bird-filled level for the hell of it.
According to early playthroughs, Naboo will be an important setpiece in the grand battle between the New Republic and The Empire involving Leia, Lando Calrissian and probably the best Star Wars character, Nien Nunb. This location will kick off Operation Cinder, which has already been detailed in some comics (and can be described as the Emperor really not wanting to let go). We’ll leave it at that, but you can read more here if you want.
So as we get closer and enjoy the trickles of info around the story of Commander Versio, the more must-play the Battlefront 2 campaign seems. We’re seeing the gap bridged between Episode VI and VII all while witnessing the lead up to Episode IV on Rebels. This is a satisfying time.