When Star Wars Battlefront released in November 2015, it was praised for its stunning production design and gorgeous graphics, allowing players to come closer than ever to recreating the epic battles of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was also criticized for its dearth of content, in particular a lack of compelling offline options. Its two-player split-screen Survival component is good for a distraction, but pales in comparison to similar horde modes in titles like Gears of War or the cult hit, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Battle Missions is likewise decent, but runs out of steam quickly, even with a friend sharing the couch.
EA promised more content with the expansive Season Pass, and so far have been delivering a steady stream of content in the form of balance updates and a mix of free and premium content such as new maps and hero characters. Still, whether the Season Pass is worth the $50 price tag is an ongoing debate.
Developer DICE also promised compatibility with PlayStation VR, probably in a form of reinvigorated X-Wing/TIE Fighter battles. EA and DICE’s open letter to the Battlefront community piqued our interest with regards to new ways to play offline.
“We also have a couple of surprises in store that we know our fans have been looking for, especially those who have been clamoring for ways to have more options to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront offline. More to come soon.”
While DICE has yet to detail what form the new offline content could take, we can infer that said updates may surely at least include more Survival maps, and perhaps the ability to play as Hero characters like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. That being said, we can’t help but to dream big and hope for some kind of single-player story content, as John Boyega wished for on Twitter, or at least greater contextualization of the half-baked Missions Mode. Is it too late to revitalize Battlefront’s offline component? Time will tell, but we will never lose hope.
Star Wars Battlefront is a lot of fun, but there’s no denying that the game has a serious shortage of meaningful gameplay. Maybe the combination of the Season Pass and this mysterious new offline content will help the title to live up to its full potential. Expanding the game’s solo suite would certainly bring in new players who lack the patience (or a strong enough internet connection) to play online but still wish to engage in legendary Star Wars battles ripped straight from the movies.
The next Star Wars: Battlefront expansion, Bespin, which will include new hero characters like Lando and Dengar, arrives this June.