Battlefront II made its gameplay debut during today’s EA Play live press conference. The gameplay trailer featured Star Wars imagery from both the prequel trilogy (Star Wars Eps I, II and III) and the new films (Eps VII and VIII).
The first block of gameplay shows a battle between Clone Troopers and the Trade Federation’s droid army, taking place on prequel-set Naboo. Following a flurry of vehicle reveals and explosive shots, Episode I’s Sith Lord, Darth Maul, appears on screen as a fully playable ‘hero.’
Other heroes appearing on the EA stage today included Rey, Captain Phasma, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, Yoda, and Chewbacca. The only playable heroes to be officially announced are Rey, Darth Maul and Captain Phasma, though judging by the trailer, it looks like everyone listed will be playable.
EA spoke candidly at their conference about the “constructive criticism” they had received concerning the first game—especially pertaining to the lack of a single-player campaign. According to EA’s Andrew Wilson, the developers have heard the fans’ outcry loud and clear.
With Battlefront II, EA promises to bring big changes to multiplayer as well, including different playable classes, new vehicles, broader customization options, and more NPC variety. Post-launch content is also being handled differently, as all new maps, heroes, and other downloadable content will be available to players free of charge.
EA also hosted a live demo of Battlefront II multiplayer gameplay. Check it out!
Battlefront II is due out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 17. Here’s EA on Star Wars: Battlefront II:
With Star Wars Battlefront II, we’ve really taken feedback from our players to heart, and you see that in the base game, which has so much more content than the first game – a new authentic single player campaign, epic multiplayer, starfighter battles, and solo or co-op PvE on console – a huge game across all eras of the Star Wars films,” says Matt Webster, Executive Producer on Star Wars Battlefront II. “But just as important is how we support the game after launch. Our live service is built around the philosophy of keeping our fans playing together, with seasons that will add meaningful content and in game events on a regular basis.”
Fans will have the chance to get hands-on with Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer for the first time at EA PLAY 2017. Here, they will be able to experience the Assault on Theed demo, which features the updated signature multiplayer mode, Galactic Assault, on the Naboo: Theed map set in the prequel trilogy era. Players will get a sample of the new class system, ground and air vehicles like the AAT-1 and Naboo N-1 starfighter, a larger focus on team-play and heroes from all eras including Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Rey and Han Solo. EA PLAY 2017 will take place at The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, is free for all attendees who register for a ticket, and is open starting today, June 10th through Monday, June 12th. Register for a ticket here.
Star Wars Battlefront II is being developed by three powerhouse studios – Motive Studios, DICE and Criterion Games – each with a rich background of creating award-winning games, to bring the most robust Star Wars game to date. Star Wars Battlefront II will allow players to experience the untold story of Iden Versio, an Imperial elite special forces soldier, in an all-new single player campaign. The game will also allow players to experience epic multiplayer battles where they can pilot a First Order TIE fighter through intense dogfights in space, and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes and villains, such as Yoda and Kylo Ren, across all three Star Wars eras.
This fall, players will be able to jump into a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC. All fans who pre-order any edition of the game will get into the beta early.