Star Wars Battlefront II is Revealed

Last week, at the Star Wars Celebration, EA officially announced a sequel to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront. There’s perhaps a good chance Battlefront II will address the major issues players had with the first one. According to their official statement, Battlefront II will feature a single player story mode, and tell its story cross multiple generations of the famous franchise.

If you’re into beautiful graphics and soul-stirring renditions of the Imperial March song, you should really watch that trailer.

Star Wars Battlefront (2015) was a pretty solid game, hindered primarily by a few unusual design issues, and its lack of a story mode. Considering that it was a reboot of the cult classic Star Wars Battlefront from 2004, realizng how dissimilar the new game was to that one hurt its reception with fans as well. It was Battlefield with a Star Wars coat of paint, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps people will be more receptive to the sequel now that everyone has a clear picture of what this new Battlefront franchise is about.

The game’s official website drops some details of what to expect. Addressing one omission of the last game, Battlefront II will have us dogfighting in space this time, in both the single player campaign and in multiplayer games. The direction of the story, based on what the trailer implies, is also intriguing. I picked up that the main character is an Imperial who sees the Rebels as terrorists, and vows revenge after the events of the original movie trilogy. But, given that most major games don’t have you play strictly as the bad guy, I suspect she’ll go through a change of heart and come around to helping the Rebels out. This premise has existed in other series and even within the Star Wars saga, but it’s still a little more exciting than “Help the rebels blow up the Death Star but prettier this time.”

2015’s Battlefront was insanely pretty and had some of the best sound effects you’ll ever hear in a shooter, so let’s hope those production values carry over to the sequel when it drops November 17th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

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