Star Wars: Battlefront 2 players who want to inject a little bit of humor into the game can do so, thanks to a mod inspired by the brilliant Kylo Ren Star Wars Undercover Boss-themed SNL skit. In Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Kylo Ren is a playable character, with the intense villain of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi proving to be a fearsome combatant in the multiplayer game. However, a bundle of laughs he is not.
That's not always been the case for the character, though. In 2016, Adam Driver reprised his role as Kylo Ren in a Saturday Night Live sketch framed around an episode of Undercover Boss set in the Star Wars universe. There, Kylo Ren took on the form of Matt the radar technician, going incognito in Starkiller Base to learn more about what the day-to-day employees of the First Order thought.
Now, this Matt the radar technician has made his way into Star Wars: Battlefront 2, courtesy of a brilliant mod by creator GameTSF. The mod is a replacement skin for the Unmasked variant of Kylo Ren, giving players the chance to take down those Resistance fighters with something of an air of mystery. However, it's likely that at least some of those coming up against Matt the radar tech will be 90% sure he's Kylo Ren anyhow.
The mod itself, which can be seen in action at the top of this post, is a real laugh riot and adds a new dynamic to the game for those who want a bit of a lighter tone. It only works in the Arcade mode, so there'll be no taking Matt the radar tech online, and of course it's only available for the PC version of the game. Since it's not locked behind a loot box, however, it's still a net positive.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has not had the greatest start to its life on the market. The game was heavily criticized upon release for its business model, with those not buying into the game's loot box system struggling to progress through the game thanks to its focus on microtransactions. Although EA and DICE eventually tweaked the game's mechanics, the end result is a game that is extremely disappointing.
Whether EA learns from this for the future remains to be seen. The publisher had a torrid time in 2017, effectively killing Need For Speed and Mass Effect, while the loot box controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront 2 tanked its stock price. Maybe shady loot box models can be replaced with official SNL skins to get the publisher back on the right track.