E3 Star Wars Battlefront 2 Details

Saturday saw the grand opening of E3 2017, and with it came EA’s conference. The bulk of the developer’s stage time was dedicated to Battlefront 2, and it seems that they, reluctantly, have taken on board the vast array of criticisms laid upon the previous title in the Battlefront series.

BF2’s main character: Janina Gavankar’s Iden Versio

As we already know, Battlefront 2 will have a storyline that will see players take part in combat throughout all eras of the Star Wars cinematic saga to date. The structure of said story, however, is yet to be revealed, leading us to believe (or at least hope) that EA has got something truly special up their sleeves in order to explain the shroud of secrecy. The Battlefront 2 team would be missing a big opportunity were the story not to expand upon the story of The Last Jedi, the eighth instalment in the franchise which will be released at roughly the same date as Battlefront. We sincerely hope that the campaign will provide us with an engaging plotline that takes us through the Star Wars chronology, and not just a series of vignettes in the style of Battlefield 1.

Hopefully a certain somebody is nowhere to be seen.

Battlefront’s multiplayer experience has been given a shot in the arm for the sequel, with a (kind of) new class system, borrowed from the original Battlefront games, contributing desperately needed variety and diversified tactics into the mix. As well as shiny new guns, classes, and maps, Battlefront 2 allows players to step into the shoes of all of Star Wars’s major heroes, from (FINALLY) the criminally under-utilised Darth Maul, to the modern trilogy’s Rey and Kylo Ren.

He had better be OP; we’re making up for years of lost time, here!

The showpiece finale of EA’s conference was a full half hour of Battlefront 2’s multiplayer, live-streamed from the studio! Featuring “Assault on Theed”, seemingly an amalgamation of Battlefront’s “Walker Assault” and Battlefield 1’s excellent “Operations” game modes, we were treated to a progressive battle situation with developing objectives for either faction (in this case, Droid and Clone Troopers) with spectacular set-pieces and different segments of map in which the battle rages.

Last, but certainly not least, EA, with the help of John Boyega, announced that the game will be released with considerably more base content than the first instalment of the rebooted franchise, as well as plans to offer a greater amount of free DLC for players throughout the game’s lifespan. Whilst this is undeniably excellent news, we can’t help but feel that this represents an unwilling change in policy from EA as a reaction to being caught red-handed in the act of money-grabbing surrounding 2015’s divisive Battlefront offering. Hey, at least they’re learning.

With a promising storyline, revamped multiplayer, stunning visuals, and the promise of an abundance of content upon release, Battlefront 2 looks set to become the success that its predecessor should have become two years before. We’re optimistic that the force is with EA this time.

Battlefront 2 is set for a November 2017 release.


Dan S


 

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