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Star Wars Battlefront 2: news, trailers, gameplay, wishlist and more

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Perilously darting through the snow-covered battlegrounds of Hoth shooting up rebel troopers proved to be an absolute blast in 2015's Star Wars Battlefront, putting you right in the thick of the iconic sci-fi universe.

Despite some short-lived thrills, the long-awaited reboot was an underwhelming feat in so many ways, with much of its content toned down or locked behind an expensive season pass. The sequel has a worldwide release date of November 17, 2017, so we've got together to discuss everything we know from the recent reveal trailer.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 at a glance

When is it coming out? November 17, 2017

What's new about Battlefront 2? Single player narrative details and a revamped multiplayer

What platforms? PS4, Xbox One and PC

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What is Star Wars Battlefront 2?

The first trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2 may have leaked ahead of Star Wars Celebration 2017 (SWC) in Florida last weekend, but the real deal has some more juicy single-player story details for fans of the space shooter.

The new information centres around the already-confirmed single-player campaign, where you’ll be fighting on behalf of the dark side in a bold new move for the series. In the shiny, black boots of elite TIE fighter pilot and Inferno Squad soldier Iden Versio, it is up to you to lead an imperial force in disarray amidst the destruction of Death Star II at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Created by EA's Motive - a new Studio including former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond and Portal designer Kim Swift - players will see the Star Wars universe through the eyes of a soldier that fully believes in the peace and order of the Empire. Versio, voiced by Janina Gavankar (True Blood, Sleepy Hollow), was raised on the all-new planet Vardos that fully reflects the Empire’s vision for the universe.

EA also confirmed that in the single player you won’t exclusively be fending off the rebel threat as a space baddie. For at least one mission, Star Wars fans can wield the green lightsaber of Luke Skywalker.

Whilst there were many narrative details announced at SWC 2017 for the single-player, gameplay footage was thin on the ground. However, attendees were told that the mode would share the epic battles players will be used to from the original multiplayer effort.

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Speaking of multiplayer, EA promised that Battlefront 2 will be just as revolutionary here as up to 24 players can fight it out in the cinematic eras of the original trilogy, prequels, and more recent sequels including The Force Awakens and Last Jedi.

This means that players will be able to enjoy planets, characters, weapons, gadgets, and ships from all eras. You’ll be spoilt for choice when picking a hero character, but EA will also be overhauling the experience of playing as a rank-and-file soldier with a new class system. As a standard trooper your choices are currently listed as officer, assault, trooper, and specialist.

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It has also been stated that while hero characters can fight across eras, this will not be the case for overall matches. In other words, you can acrobatically slash your way through Rebel forces as Darth Maul, but you won’t be fighting the Trade Federation as The Force Awakens’ Resistance.

In addition, DICE creative director Bernd Diemer envisions a ‘career’ mechanic for hero characters where players gain extra advantages and new abilities the more they play as a particular hero, be that Yoda or Kylo Ren. On top of giving hero characters more weight and depth, players will be required to complete in-game objectives to earn the right to be a hero or pilot a vehicle.

Developer Criterion - the studio behind last year’s Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-wing VR mission - is in charge of enhancing the feel of vehicular gameplay. The wide range of ships are also taken from all three cinematic eras, so that includes the iconic Millennium Falcon and Boba Fett’s Angel I.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 release date – When is it coming out?

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 17, EA has confirmed. EA and Origin Access subscribers can play it over a week early on November 9 with a downloadable trial.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Trailer - How does it look?

We've yet to see any snippets of gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront 2, although the reveal trailer from Star Wars Celebration gives us plenty to get excited for.

Exploring the already confirmed solo campaign, we also catch a glimpse at new heroes from all eras of the beloved sci-fi franchise. Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren and more are confirmed for Battlefront 2. Space battles are also new and improved, developed by Burnout creators Criterion.

Are you excited for Star Wars Battlefront 2? Let us know in the comments.

Fatty

November 2, 2016, 9:51 pm

I hope we are going to get a SP that will be at least half as good as JK: Jedi Outcast 2

Henryspandex

March 3, 2017, 11:39 pm

Sorry EA, you lost me with the poor match making and lack of servers in the last game. May be redeemable with a good SP campaign, but certainly not on release day at full price.

Neil08

March 4, 2017, 5:34 pm

I am looking forward to this. Please tell me why every time I read an article about this game sequel and the larger collection of characters involved, the author clumsily brings up Jar-Jar Binks (usually in a failed effort at humor). It's a peculiar obsession of bitterness. I enjoy the films and games without giving that character a second thought — he was a somewhat significant character in just one of seven regular series films, why the obsessive focus, fanboys? Why not instead focus on the things you do like in that universe? You may even find happiness.

Craygroup

March 17, 2017, 5:43 pm

Because they're bitter and think they're smarter than George Lucas.

Ash Mark Jones

March 30, 2017, 9:45 am

They better include the clone wars era. Some of the most interesting heroes and villains came from it as well as some of the best battlegrounds such as mygeeto and mustafar.
My biggest disappointment in the first one was the lack of that.
It's like they just couldn't be asked to make half of the canon universe in the game.
And 3 heroes on launch? Wtf was that? Battlefront 2 (the original from 2005) launched with 10+ on both heroes and villains giving us 20+ in total as opposed to the 6 we got in EAs first mess.

TRT

March 30, 2017, 11:08 am

All that "collect the kill tokens" bit was utter rubbish.

Joe Holloway

April 4, 2017, 3:00 pm

This is EA we're talking about. You do realise they've got a huge long-term plan, right? Star Wars fans have been clamouring for a new Battlefront for years, and the originals had almost everything in them that you could possibly want (apart from ground to space battles), so EA were never going to give all that back in one go. There's way too much money to suck out of such a massive fan base.

First game: Very basic, one era, no story/singleplayer, no space combat (unless you pay for a small taste of it in DLC form)
Second game: add another era (First Order?), add story/singleplayer, add space combat properly.
Third game: add a third era (Clone Wars?), add a longer, better campaign spanning two eras after complaints from the second game, add ground to space combat.

If I were in charge of EA, this would be the most obvious thing to do, as I already have a built-in fan base that will pay lots of money for my games even if they're nowhere near as good as they could/should be. They're a business, they're doing this to make money, not to make fans happy with one game.

Joe Holloway

April 4, 2017, 3:05 pm

I've spent so many hours on Battlefront 2 playing through both trilogies without even thinking about that character. He was in one movie, then Lucas realised he'd made a mistake and did his best to remove him from all future Star Wars media. I also wish people would stop mentioning him, yes he existed, lets move on from that and focus on the rest of the SW universe.

Peter Chan

April 18, 2017, 3:12 pm

I'm curious to see Boba Fett's iconic ship, Angel I. Sounds like they're taking some bold new directions

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