John Boyega appears in the latest preview video for Star Wars: Battlefront 2, showing off the expansive range of features from EA DICE’s impressive-looking sequel. Boyega’s public relationship with the Battlefront series began in March 2016, when he tweeted at EA to ask whether a full offline story mode was on the cards. The Finn actor thought the solo missions from the previous Battlefront were “great”, but he felt that the game left him “wanting to engage within a narrative.”
EA took this constructive criticism (which many fans agree with) on board, giving Battlefront 2 a full single-player story mode centered on Iden Versio, an elite special forces soldier for the Empire, who witnesses the second Death Star’s destruction above Endor. Iden’s journey has been front and center in Battlefront 2’s promotional campaign, with various videos teasing the single-player storyline.
Boyega has clearly been in touch with EA since his initial tweet, and he must have been impressed by the company’s work. As one of the stars of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, he hardly needs the cash at this point in his career. But, as you can see, Boyega has chosen to align with EA for this promo video, which spells out the upgraded experience that fans can expect from Battlefront 2.
“Whether dominating the multiplayer battlefront as Kylo Ren, leading your squadron through thrilling dogfights in space, stepping into the boots of Iden Versio in a new single-player campaign, or mastering your skills in split-screen arcade, this is a Star Wars experience like no other, with greater depth and progression than ever before.”
That promising description is the opening gambit of this video. After that, Boyega offers some serious statistics to back up the claims: “Battlefront 2 has nearly triple the number of locations, heroes and vehicles as its predecessor,” he explains, with a bar graph appearing to prove it.
As the video plays out, you can learn about the gameplay changes and manifold modes, and clap eyes on some iconic locations - including Kamino, Mos Eisley, Bespin and Starkiller Base. There’s even a tease of a Star Destroyer in the Unknown Regions, which will intrigue anyone that’s read Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath books. It all seems very exciting.
The proof, however, will be in the pudding. Of course the promotional videos look great, but only time will tell how the game fares with players and critics. Will the single-player story match up to expectations? And will the multiplayer gameplay surpass the standard of the previous game? Fans will just have to wait and find out.
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- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017