The Force is strong with Electronic Arts as the video game publisher announces Star Wars Battlefront II for a worldwide release on Nov. 17, 2017.
Battlefront II is being built upon the foundation of 2015's Star Wars Battlefront. Developers DICE, Motive, and Criterion are teaming up to deliver was EA is calling "one of the most expansive Star Wars games to date."
The game will tell the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier its single player campaign. In terms of multiplayer, players will be able to pilot a First Order TIE fighter through dogfights in space and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes/villains. Yes, this includes the likes of Darth Maul and Yoda, as well as others across all three Star Wars eras.
“In Star Wars Battlefront II, we all wanted to really capture the essence of being heroic and how in Star Wars, anyone can become a hero,” says Matt Webster, Executive Producer at Criterion. “Whether that’s playing as an iconic character like Rey or Luke, as a front-line trooper or fighter pilot in epic multiplayer battles, or playing through a newStar Wars story that bridges the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you will become a hero in Star Wars Battlefront II.”
Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the the game's single player campaign takes place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order. Players are introduced to Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.
“EA has assembled an incredible set of developers to create a Star Wars gaming experience unlike anything fans have ever experienced,” said Douglas Reilly, Senior Director, Digital & Franchise Management. “Star Wars Battlefront II will offer everything players loved about the last installment, and adds new modes that we know the fans want, including an entirely new story developed in partnership with Lucasfilm.”
“We wanted to create a campaign that told a story we haven’t seen before in Star Wars”, says Mark Thompson, Game Director at Motive Studios. “It was important for us to tell a new authentic story, one that gives players a brand-new perspective. By putting players in the boots of an elite member of the Imperial forces, we can show them what the battle was like from the other side.”
In addition to the all-new single player campaign, the developers at DICE are working on the game’s multiplayer. EA says it will have play modes that support as many as 40 players as the game takes fans through a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras: prequel, classic and new trilogy. This will include locations such as Yavin 4’s jungle canopies, the spaceport town of Mos Eisley, and Starkiller Base. Furthermore, players will be able to choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero’s journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers, and starfighters.
Star Wars Battlefront II will also feature galactic-scale space combat. EA says this is one of the more requested features by fans. Criterion has built space combat from the ground up with refined handling, weapons, and customization options. Players can drop into the cockpit of the galaxy’s most iconic ships, weave between asteroid fields and fly through imperial dockyards in high stakes dogfights.
Coming out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin), Star Wars Battlefront II will be available worldwide on Nov. 17th, 2017. Those who want to get into the game before that can do so with the Star Wars Battlefront II: Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition starting on November 14th, or through the Play First Trials on EA Access and Origin Access starting Nov. 9.
The ESRB has not yet rated Star Wars Battlefront II.