Amid controversy, Electronic Arts releases Star Wars: Battlefield II for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
In the game, which was developed by DICE, players can immerse themselves in a game that’s nearly three times the size of its predecessor with more heroes, locations and vehicles from every cinematic era, deeper customization, progression, and enhanced space battles. Furthermore, Battlefront II boasts an all-new single player campaign in which players will experience a previously untold Star Wars story from the unique perspective of Iden Versio, leader of the Imperial special forces unit, Inferno Squad.
“With Star Wars Battlefront II, we wanted to pay homage to the legacy of the Star Wars franchise and recognize how much each era has meant to so many people,” said Matt Webster, Executive Producer of Star Wars Battlefront II. “We built the game based upon what fans loved about the first game and feedback of what they wanted more of, including adding a single-player story, experiencing the ultimate Star Wars battleground across all cinematic eras, and shifting to an event and narrative driven live service that keeps the community together.”
The game's release comes at the end of a week in which the game and the companies behind it have faced their fair share of negativity. Most of the criticism has come not only over an in-game purchase system that promotes "pay-to-win" and can drastically increase the cost of the game but also from the way that DICE and publisher EA has handled the situation as a whole. DICE has since said they have removed in-game purchases from Battlefront II but left the possibility of bringing the "pay-to-win" system back at some point in the future.
Star Wars Battlefront II is available worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC.