The second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped on Thursday and quickly had everyone talking about the upcoming installment of the famous franchise, with the trailer already reaching 28M+ views. And with the emergence of new characters and the return of familiar faces, there are some dots that will be connected in a unique way.
Star Wars: Battlefront, the video game scheduled for release on November 17th, will include a piece of downloadable content offered by EA called The Battle of Jakku which will act as a direct prequel to The Force Awakens and help add context to the film.
This is the official information on The Battle of Jakku according to EA:
Pre-order ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ and on December 1st, 2015, be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet in the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Players who pre-order ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ can fight the battle one week early. All other players will get access to this content on December 8th, 2015.
Star Wars: Battlefront allows you to fight for the Rebellion or the Empire in either solo, co-op or multiplayer mode on Ps4, Xbox One and PC. In addition to The Battle of Jakku, there will also be a trilogy of novels that will begin in September which bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Admittedly, there’s something inherently cool about a popular title crossing platforms, especially when doing so allows fans to experience exclusive content and truly divulge themselves into the world they love. This isn’t the first time a film has used other forms of entertainment to help with promotion (think back to 1999 when theaters gave you trading cards when you watched Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back).
And realistically, it’s a good marketing tactic, more so when using a video game. In the gaming world – a world filled with microtransactions and DLC (downloadable content) – fans of any series are growing accustomed to wanting as much exclusive content as possible and are willing to pay money for it. It makes sense; information holds value, and any details that can help add context to a story not only increases understandability but also enrich the viewing experience. Let’s face it: most fans want to be on the up-and-up when it comes to obscure references and unique info.
But not everyone needs to know every little detail about a film’s back-story in order to enjoy it – and when you consider what’s required for that type of information (the movie ticket, the video game – assuming you have a Ps4, Xbox One or PC – and the three novels), to some people, the movie will suffice on its own. However, to those who love to explore every crevice of a story, more mediums will be available to you.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015. Star Wars: Battlefront is scheduled for release on November 17th. The Battle of Jakku will be available December 8th or, if you pre-order Battlefront, December 1st.