Get ready for a cuteness overload as Star Wars: Battlefront II is going to be adding playable Ewoks for a limited time only. Since appearing in Return of the Jedi, opinions towards the teddy bear-like friends have been mixed, but just like Jar Jar Binks, Ewoks are a big part of Star Wars lore.
Now, Battlefront II players can head back to the forest moon of Endor and battle the Empire all over again with a loveable band of armed Ewoks by their side. Taking the classic infection-style gameplay, Battlefront II is swapping zombies for Ewoks as wave after wave of the little critters attack.
According to EA, Battlefront II is rolling out the "Night on Endor" update on April 18, which includes an Ewok Hunt mode. Once the battle begins, players start as either a stormtrooper or an Ewok, with the stormtroopers defending themselves from an Ewok ambush. Here's the synopsis for the upcoming "Night on Endor" update:
"The ambush begins as Ewoks attack unsuspecting stormtroopers, using spears, Wisties, and other skills to take down their opponents. Each stormtrooper defeated spawns as another Ewok, multiplying until the Empire’s forces have been completely eliminated, and the Ewok celebration can begin. However, the stormtroopers’ superior training and firepower are more than a match for the Ewoks. Armed with a cadre of weapons as well as flashlights to pierce the darkness, players must hold back the Ewok’s ambush if they have a hope of surviving until an extraction team can arrive."
For anyone who didn't watch 1984's Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, Wisties are a race of fairy creatures who call Endor their home, and they are sure to come in handy in the Ewok's battle against Imperial forces. Tasked with surviving until daybreak, Ewok Hunt actually sounds like much more of a challenge for stormtroopers than first expected. For each stormtrooper that falls, they will respawn as an enemy Ewok, meaning the chances of success dwindle as the mode goes on.
Elsewhere, those controversial microtransactions are returning to the game thanks to the Crystal currency, meaning players can spend real money on a brand-new Endor Han or Endor Leia. However, listening to the criticisms of fans, Battlefront II will now only allow cosmetic upgrades rather than enhancing characters through unfair advantages. Up to 50 new "Appearances" will arrive with the update, meaning everything from "Ahch-To Rey" to "Wounded Chewie" will start popping up as well.
Also on the horizon, Star Wars: Battlefront II's season 2 will rollout in May, offering new material for players. It seems the new content could be time with the release of Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, but gamers will have to wait and see what exactly is coming.