At the pre-E3 Electronic Arts (EA) Play event held just yesterday, Star Wars fans were given a sweet treat as the new Star Wars BattleFront 2 gameplay trailer was showcased. Compared to its last version, Star Wars BattleFront, which was released back in 2015, the company takes the new game up a notch (well, according to the gameplay anyway!).
Featured in the Star Wars BattleFront II will be both a single-player story mode where the player will fight as a female First Order Soldier against the Rebels, as well as a multi-player mode where users can assume the roles of multiple characters including Rey from The Force Awakens, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and more. The multiplayer mode will incorporate multiple eras of the Star Wars as well.
Another surprising announcement at the EA Play event came from Star War’s Finn himself when John Boyega got up on stage and revealed that his character along with Captain Phasma will be making an appearance in the Star Wars BattleFront 2 unlike the last version.
From the trailer of the gameplay that was showcased, it is safe to say the game is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced, third-person combat. Also, a few hours before the official reveal, an alleged leaked 12-minute video footage of the game showed Rey fighting Darth Maul.
Star Wars Battlefront II will be a game for everyone and won’t be a pay to win system unlike many top-rated games. The company will release DLC (downloadable game content) for free amongst which will include themed season updates. The first themed season will be based on The Last Jedi and will be released in December this year. Despite the free content, EA did confirm Star Wars BattleFront 2 will have a micro-transactions system.
According to an interview with GameSpot, Star Wars BattleFront 2 design director Niklas Fegraeus was quoted to have said: “You’ll be able to progress and unlock content using earned in-game currency; but if you want to accelerate that, if you can’t play for a week, you can purchase that. The important thing is everything can be earned [through gameplay]. If you’re someone who spends time on the game, we love you, do your thing, do what you want to do. If you don’t have the time, you can spend money and we love you as well. It’s your choice.” Fegraeus further elaborated his point saying: “No one can say, ‘I’m going to spend my zillion dollars and then I’m going to dominate.’ That’s not how it works.”
The digital version of Star Wars BattleFront II is up for pre-order. The full game will be released on November 17th 2017.