First off, check out this trailer. As good as it looks? It gets better.
When I was breaking down the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, I kicked it off by noting that it was set on the planet Jakku, and that the first shot hints that something major went down in orbit some time ago. Well, maybe “hints” is the wrong word:
According to the AP, it happened 30 years ago, and you’ll be able to play it and find out just how it unfolded. Star Wars Battlefront, a revival of the tactical shooter that let you kill Ewoks and Gungans, will get a downloadable level that fills in some backstory on The Force Awakens:
“Battlefront” will also include a free downloadable level available two weeks before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters Dec. 18. It’s set on Jakku, the battle-scarred desert planet glimpsed in “Force Awakens” teasers. The expansion, dubbed “Battle of Jakku,” will explore the moment following “Return of the Jedi” when the New Republic confronted Imperial holdouts on the previously unseen Outer Rim enclave.
Really, all we need to know is “A Star Destroyer went down.” But it’s pretty neat that you’ll be able to sink said Destroyer in the game and find out why, precisely, the Rebellion and the Empire went at it in the wake of the Battle of Endor.
As for the game itself, it’s the Battlefront you know and love: Lots of vehicles, up to forty players involved in massive raids themed around major Star Wars confrontations, and the ability to unlock characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett. No word yet on killing Ewoks and Gungans, but that trailer looks promising in that regard. We’ll find out November 17 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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