Whether you’re taking to the skies as an A-wing pilot on Hoth or standing for the Empire during the Battle of Jakku, Star Wars: Battlefront aims to immerse players in the iconic battles of the Star Wars saga. With a selection of hero (and villain) characters to choose, fans are given the chance to step into the franchise in a new and immersive way. Updates have thickened that roster and introduced new maps, and while not everyone is pleased with the lack of single-player missions, the game continues to draw in a large audience of Star Wars die-hards.
With its upcoming spring update, the team behind Star Wars: Battlefront seeks to continue its tradition of expanding the play area and adding more familiar faces. Today, EA teased the addition of charming space “businessman” Lando Calrissian, and all-new in-game events, including special additions for May the 4th, a.k.a. “Star Wars Day”.
EA stated that over the next few months, fans can expect a handful of new additions to further enhance their experience; new in-game events will pepper everyday play with community missions, double score weekends, and Special Login Events to help players earn more credits and experience. New unlockable content will include powerful Star Cards like the Berserker Trait, Bacta Bomb, and Ion Neutralizer. Players who have been looking to play offline can expect more updates over the course of the next few months, and for Star Wars‘ May the 4th (be with you) celebration, new events will be announced over the coming weeks.
Most importantly, though, is the addition of the beautiful city of Bespin (or Cloud City, as it is so affectionately known) for all Season Pass holders, with four new maps to explore and the addition of a new game mode, which EA stayed fairly hush-hush on. The piece de resistance is the addition of Lando Calrissian and the bounty hunter Dengar, who went from having a devoted, yet small fan following in Empire Strikes Back to popping up in as many Star Wars comics, books, shows, and video games as he could. Now, the bounty hunter comes to Battlefront to run alongside his old buddy, Boba Fett, and inevitably wreak havoc for players who don’t enjoy getting the wool pulled over their eyes.
One of the biggest critiques of Battlefront is it’s lack of single-player, offline missions — and that’s understandable. With maps as expansive as Battlefront‘s and a great batch of character customizations, it almost feels like a waste not to send your crafted character on their own missions, with a dash of story immersion thrown in for a few fun campaigns. What’s more, it’s not just the fans asking for this addition. Actor John Boyega, who stars as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an avid player who eventually realized what many fans have, and personally asked EA for more. With the force of Boyega and the fans behind him, perhaps these new offline missions will serve that purpose.
No official dates are announced yet for the releases, but fans can expect them to roll out over the rest of April and May, before summer updates are announced.
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