During last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, EA has officially unveiled Star Wars Battlefront II for current gen consoles. The highly anticipated sequel will be available, worldwide, on November 17, 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Building upon the foundation of its predecessor, DICE, Motive and Criterion are teaming up to deliver one of the most expansive Star Wars games to date. Star Wars Battlefront II will allow players to experience the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier in an all-new single player campaign. In epic multiplayer battles, players will be able to pilot a First Order TIE fighter through intense dogfights in space, and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes and villains, such as Yoda and Darth Maul, 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 new Star Wars story that bridges the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakensâ„¢, you will become a hero in Star Wars Battlefront II.”
Unlike last year’s multiplayer centric affair, Star Wars Battlefront II will feature a new single player campaign which will take place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order. The campaign will introduce new characters such as Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire. Additionally, players can expect to come across familiar faces such as Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren; among others.
“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.”
Along with adding the single player campaign, DICE is also looking to beef up the game’s multiplayer. With modes supporting up to 40 players, the sequel will feature a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras along with new areas specifically designed for the game.
Players can choose from a wide variety of land and air vehicles and master their hero’s journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters. And EA also listened to the fans by bringing galactic-scale space combat thanks to developer Criterion and their history of creating some of gaming’s fastest and intuitive vehicles.
Players looking to pick up Battlefront II will have two editions to choose from: regular and Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition. The latter will include Star Wars: The Last Jedi inspired pre-order content along with the Star Wars elite trooper. Every trooper class will receive upgrades, delivering superior firepower, deadly weapon modifications and epic combat abilities.
Players looking to get into the game earlier can do so with the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition starting on November 14th, or through the Play First Trials on EA Access and Origin Accessâ€¡ starting November 9th.