Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars Battlefront 2. Source: EA.

Last week at E3 EA dropped a new Star Wars Battlefront II trailer showcasing brand new content from the game. And yes, you should be excited.

EA’s reboot of Battlefront in 2015 was enjoyable, but severely lacked content. It was basically a stripped down version of the OG Battlefront from the early 2000s. However, out of the ashes of Battlefront, a new hope emerges (get the pun? never mind).

It looks like EA have actually taken feedback and criticism from frustrated fans and developed a sequel that looks genuinely good. Here are 5 very exciting things you should know about Star Wars Battlefront II.

1 – PREQUEL ERA CONTENT!

Thats right! Clones, droids, wookies and everything you love (or hate) about the prequels are in the game!

The lack of prequel era content was one of the biggest disappointments about the first Battlefront. I was ecstatic when they announced that they’d be returning to the prequel era.

The demo showcased the Republic forces battle it out against the Separatists on Naboo. Just seeing the clone troopers take on battle droids on the beautiful Frostbite 3 engine almost brought a tear to my eye, and I straight up lost my shit when Darth Maul showed up!

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Sector ain’t clear! source: Slashfilm

2 – SPACE BATTLES

Space battles should’ve totally been in the first Battlefront game; EA completely ripped everyone off by not doing so. How could you have a STAR wars game without flipping space battles?

But finally space battles are confirmed for Battlefront II. The gameplay demo only showcases a snippet of the Millenium falcon swerving through asteroids but if the space battles are anything like the OG Battlefront II in ’05, it is going to be amazing.

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Putting the STAR in Star Wars source: dualshockers.com

3 – REFINED GAME PLAY MECHANICS

Battlefront played more like a clunky arcade game than a tactical shooter like say Battlefield. (No reloading? I mean seriously?).  The gameplay system they used was completely unbalanced, but fortunately that’s all been scrapped for a more refined system.

Gone are the random power-ups, and in place we have the new battle points system, where you earn battle points by getting kills, assists and playing the objective. Those battle points can then be used to play as a special characters  (Super Battle droids for the Separatists and Jump-troopers for the clones) or heroes like Darth Maul and Rey.

The buddy system has also been scrapped and replaced with a more traditional squad based system, which compliment nicely with the addition of a class-based system, all making for a much more tactical experience. (Again why couldn’t we just have had this in the first game?).

4 – AN ACTUAL CAMPAIGN MODE

Probably the most exciting feature of Star Wars Battlefront II is that they are actually going to have a single player story-mode!

The campaign focuses on the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens bridging the gap between the old and new trilogy (HYPE!).

The first game play trailer shows off the campaign, where players will take control of a female special forces soldier of the Empire. I honestly can’t wait to take control and shoot some rebel scum.

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Even our protagonist can’t believe EA have added a campaign mode! source: Poygon

5 – FREE DLC!!!!

Free and EA? Can those two words be used in the same sentence? Apparently so! It was announced that all DLC content will be available to players for FREE.

This is a really smart move by EA, who have listened to the gaming community and chosen not to split the player-base by charging for DLC. The result will be a more cohesive gameplay experience for all.

What’s the catch? Well, it’s likely that EA is going to replace charged DLC with micro-transactions instead. Gross. But it’s a small price to pay (if EA is reasonable) for free content in the future.

With all these amazing features announced for the game, it’s hard not to be hyped. But you have to realise that these are all features that should have been in the first game. The fact that EA is bragging about having “three times as much content” is kind of laughable when taken in context.

Nevertheless , it looks like EA is set to deliver the Star Wars game that we’ve wanted for a long time, and it’s all thanks to the gaming community.  We’ll have to wait a few months to get our hands on it but at least it’s not too far, far away.

Star Wars Battlefront II will be available for Windows, Xbox One and PS4 on November 17 2017. In the meantime you can check out the latest gameplay trailer below:

 

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