2017 is the year of Star Wars (again). Not only do we get the eagerly anticipated second movie in the saga’s third trilogy, but we also get a brand new Star Wars Battlefront game. And with a name like Battlefront 2, it better be as good as the last game to hold that title, otherwise there will be a great disturbance in the Force.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 release date
Battlefront 2 will release November 17, almost a whole month in advance of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. EA used a similar release schedule for the first Battlefront, and marked the release of The Force Awakens with some movie tie-in DLC. There’s a similar move happening this year – a pre-order will nab you some Kylo Ren and Rey skins from The Last Jedi, plus some ability modifiers.
If you’ve got an Origin Access subscription, you’ll be able to play a week early, from November 9. If you’d like to play early but don’t fancy subscribing to EA’s service, a pre-order of the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will allow you access from November 14.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 setting
Battlefront 2 will be set across all three eras of Star Wars, from the Republic days of the prequel movies, right up to to the age of the First Order and the Resistance. This means that not only will we be seeing classic trilogy planets such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Yavin IV, but also the likes of Kamino, Geonosis, Hosnian Prime, Scarif, and Jedha. We’ll also be playing with the relevant technologies and characters, so you’ll almost certainly be able to try out the new Stormtrooper F-11D blaster rifles and (hopefully) the Z6 riot control baton.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign
Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront 2 will have a single player campaign. It sounds incredibly interesting, too: rather than casting us as the typical Rebel good guys, Battlefront 2 is seen through the eyes of the Imperials. The story spans 30 years and places you in the uniform of Iden Versio, commander of the Imperial black-ops team Inferno Squad.
Taking place after the destruction of the second Death Star as seen in the final act of Return of the Jedi, the campaign will work as a bridge between the original trilogy and the latest trio of films. Versio and her team will be seeking revenge for the death of the Emperor, and will come face-to-face with a variety of familiar characters on their journey.
The story is being co-written by Walt Williams, who is most famous for Spec Ops: The Line, a game which has been continually praised for its non-typical look at the darkness of war. He seems a pretty good fit for a story about the galaxy’s bad guys and their battle against the terrorist Rebels.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 maps
DICE have announced a few of the planets that we’ll be fighting over in the game’s multiplayer maps. Theed (capital city of Naboo), Takodana, Starkiller Base, and Yavin IV will feature, as well as returning worlds Endor, Tatooine, and Hoth. Each map will dictate the look and design of character models. For example, battles on Theed will feature Battle Droids and prequel-era equipment, while Starkiller Base will pit the Resistance against the First Order.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 modes
No modes have been announced yet, but you can probably expect to see the flagships of 40-player Supremacy and Walker Assault to return. The first game had a solid variety by the end of its DLC run, including Drop Zone, Extraction, Cargo, and Droid Run, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of those return. It’s almost certain that we’ll see Heroes vs Villains, too; the mode that sees players take control of key Star Wars characters rather than standard ground troops.
We do know that there is one key new addition, though, and that’s 24-player space battles. Taking place above the orbit of classic planets, this mode was sorely lacking from the first game after being a fan favourite in the original Pandemic-developed series. Hopefully these laser-fuelled dogfights will live up to expectations.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 classes
This time around Battlefront will be using a class-based soldier system, akin to its DICE stablemate Battlefield. Playing as a specific class will unlock new abilities and upgrades, and increased experience with a class will gain you access to new weapon mods and improvements. It sounds a deeper alternative to the simplistic card loadout system of the first game, and having multiple roles should make it easier for you to find your own combat niche.
DICE have yet to announce exactly what these classes are, but expect the usual roster, something along the lines of a good all-rounder, a heavy, a sniper, and some kind of support role.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 vehicles
A key component of Battlefront is its vehicles, and the sequel will be widely expanded with not only new rides for the original trilogy era, but complete fleets for the newly added prequel and new-era trilogies, too. Expect to see notable emphasis on starfighters thanks to the new space battles, but also new ground vehicles as well. With Naboo being one of the maps, we’d certainly expect to see the Trade Federation’s AAT hovering battle tank.
All of these pale in comparison to the news that we’ll be able to ride on the back of a tauntauns on Hoth, though. Hopefully cutting it open to hide inside its warm guts won’t be a mechanic.
The vehicle pick-up tokens from the first game are gone and will be replaced with a resource system. This has been implemented to make sure vehicle use is fair for everyone, not just those who want to camp in the areas the vehicle tokens spawn. The new system will include both vehicles on-map that must be climbed into Battlefield-style, and the spawn-in-vehicles akin to the previous Battlefront.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 heroes
Hero and villain characters are making a return and, once again, the multiple eras means we can expect to see a much expanded roster. Confirmed so far are Darth Maul, Yoda, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and Rey, and we’ve seen leaked footage of Emperor Palpatine. It also seems unthinkable that there’d be a Battlefront without Leia and Han.
As a novelty, Battlefront 2 will allow the merging of characters from different eras. Sure, it’s not canon to have Rey face off against Darth Maul, but who wouldn’t want to know the outcome of that lightsaber duel?
Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta
So far, EA have not announced a beta for Star Wars Battlefront 2. The first game did have one, though, and DICE also offered beta tests for Battlefield 1 and Battlefield Hardline. With that track record, we’d expect to see one perhaps around autumn 2017.
That’s everything we know about Star Wars Battlefront 2 so far. We’ll be continually updating this post as our Rebel spies smuggle more intel from the data points, so be sure to check back regularly.