Star Wars Battlefront enables fans to take part in their own versions of iconic battles throughout the film’s saga. Whether you’re speeding through the trees on Endor, trying to avoid being hit in the head with a rock by Ewoks or attempting to take down AT-ATs in the snow covered landscapes of Hoth, the online shooter offers incredible cinematic like experience within scenarios every Star Wars fan can recognise. It looks like Star Wars. It sounds like Star Wars. It feels like you’re in the middle of a galactic battle that will impact the future of the Star Wars universe.
However, since the first day of its launch, critics have felt that there has been something missing from the game (aside from a single player campaign). Since Battlefront’s release, DICE has been providing some free content for fans to improve the experience. This included new costumes for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker plus the Battle of Jakku map, although unfortunately the only one linked to The Force Awakens. Now, the first substantial paid-for add-on content is right around the corner, as the date and price for The Outer Rim pack has been revealed.
According to a listing found on retailer GameStop, the first pack has suffered a slight delay. It was first thought that it would arrive this month, but the date has now been revealed as April 5, with fans able to download it from 9am CST. On its own, Outer Rim will cost $14.99. It brings a total of four new maps, challenging players to fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine.
There are also new weapons including the Relby V-10 rifle and DT-12 blaster pistol, as well as two new ‘heroes’. Calling them ‘heroes’ could be a stretch, as they are an unusual choice. You will be able to play as Nien Nunb (OK, he’s part of the Rebel Alliance, so technically a hero) and Greedo, when shooting first will become a priority. To top off the downloadable bundle is a brand new game mode called Extraction. Rebel forces are tasked with extracting a valuable shipment of resources back to their transport ship. Inevitably, the Empire will do anything to stop them.
With the first pack including a map in Jabba’s throne room, hopefully the release date will coincide with the release of the ‘Hutt Contracts’ mode, which will be apparently be made available for free. After Outer Rim, there are three more DLC packs due to be released as part of the season pass. The final one is yet to have its title revealed let alone what it will include.
There are still questions on whether or not the price of the packs is value for money. It is a regular debate for any game that announces the existence of a season pass before the game is released but doesn’t state what all the content included will be. Especially when the price of that season pass is almost the same cost of the full game, as is the case with Battlefront. Players should expect to have to spend up to $50 for the season pass. Is the season pass worth it? We’ll only know when all content is available and the next two packs after Outer Rim will take players to Cloud City and the Death Star.
Star Wars Battlefront is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.