Stuff You Didn’t Know About Star Wars Battlefront

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Despite a release date more than a month before Christmas, Star Wars Battlefront will be THE video game must-have for the 2015 year-end holiday season. And, it’s no wonder, since it roughly coincides with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just a week before Christmas. The two are mostly unrelated, but there will be a DLC tie-in, The Battle of Jakku, which sets the stage for the movie’s release. Here are a bunch more facts you didn’t know about Star Wars Battlefront that will have to do until the video game blows up like a Death Star on November 17.

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Star Wars Battlefront is not a third installment of the series, but, rather, a “reboot” of the entire franchise. That’s something players of the first two titles may not be too disappointed with. And, thankfully, advance previews of the new platform (since Electronic Arts took it over in 2013) have mostly been raves for content and visual style.
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Star Wars Battlefront lets players choose to control either a Rebel Alliance soldier or an Imperial Stormtrooper. But the juiciest playable roles have to be reserved for Darth Vader or The Emperor, no? Of course, you can play as any of the original “Good Guys” but, what’s the fun in that?
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The game was almost scrapped. But die-hards at DICE, an AE subsidiary, begged to give it a try by upgrading the Star Wars Battlefront engine to the Frostbite 3. That improvement has been called a “match made in heaven.” Or, sorry, the Netherworld…
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Star Wars Battlefront’s online multiplayer mode will support up to 40 players in one match. 12 multiplayer maps will be available at launch, including Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, the new planet of Sullust and the first DLC setting, the planet Jakku, a tie-in to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 3 more (so far unnamed) multiplayer maps will be released as DLCs over the course of 2016.
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The Star Wars Battlefront open beta was tested by more than 9 million players. According to Electronic Arts, it was their largest beta pool ever, leading the company to expect sales of approximately 15 million units by the end of the first quarter in 2016, ending March 31. It’s gonna be HUGE…
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There’s a whole new planet to explore. Star Wars Battlefront will introduce the planet Sullust (who comes up with these lame names?) which has been obliquely mentioned before (remember Nien Nunb?) The planet is volcanic and mineral rich, which explains its strategic value: It’s home to one of the largest Imperial shipyards in the galaxy. Expect lots of smoky peaks, blood-red lava flows and plenty of craggy places to hide a TIE fighter behind…
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Star Wars Battlefront gameplay is confined to the four launch planets and the DLC Battle of Jakku, with three more planet-based DLC scenarios to follow throughout 2016. That means (shudder!) there’s no fighting in space! And, it begs the question, “How the hell do we get outta here?”
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George Lucas had nothing to do with the game. It’s not that EA didn’t politely ask, but, since Lucas sold all his rights to Disney, any notes he’s given on Star Wars Battlefront have all ended up in the shredder. Which is basically where every script since Return Of The Jedi should have been thrown…
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There’s no online single-player campaign. What the WTF??? Star Wars Battlefront will be an online competitive/cooperative player game. But, let’s face it, are we really missing out here? Since 2012 or so, the single player campaign has become less popular, especially since the coding drains core gameplay space. But, still, there’s a whole new Star Wars planet to explore. The decision might be a BIG mistake. We’ll have to wait until November 17 to find out…
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Star Wars Battlefront Trivia