Rey is wielding a new lightsaber in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 video game. As fans continue to count down the days until Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the hype train is starting to rev up for the next installment of EA's action-shooter series. Just yesterday, players got a look at the new gameplay trailer, showcasing stunning battles that span across all three eras of Star Wars history. One of the key features of Battlefront is the ability to play as various characters from the films - such as Yoda and Darth Maul. The sequel trilogy is getting in the fun as well, with Rey and Kylo Ren also among those ranks.
As the new young Force apprentice the movies are focusing on, the scavenger is of course going to fight with her trusty lightsaber in Battlefront 2. Rey first acquired the weapon - which originally belonged to Anakin and Luke Skywalker - in The Force Awakens and Lucasfilm has even renamed it Rey's lightsaber for marketing purposes. One would presume that iconic sword would be the one used in the game, but a closer examination reveals Rey may in fact have a different lightsaber for Battlefront 2.
Seeming to come from the leaked gameplay video that made its way online recently, images of Rey in the game show she has a new lightsaber hilt. Instead of being the weapon Luke used in his duel against Darth Vader on Cloud City, this other lightsaber appears to be reminiscent of Skywalker's green one from Return of the Jedi. However, it's worth pointing out that Rey's blade is blue, so she likely does not inherit yet another piece of the Skywalker/Solo family legacy.
It is interesting that EA did not simply give Rey her Episode VII lightsaber and instead came up with a new design. All pieces of Star Wars media these days are connected and part of the same canon. That includes Battlefront 2, as the single-player campaign mode is directly tied to the films. But before fans start reading too much into this, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, the footage clearly stated this was the "Pre-Alpha Build" version of the game, meaning it's hardly finalized yet. The developers are still ironing out all the kinks before it hits stores in November, so by the time it's available, the lightsaber could change. Also, not every single aspect of Battlefront 2 relates to the cinematic universe. After all, Rey is seen fighting against Darth Maul and battle droids on Naboo - something that obviously cannot happen in the movies. Some things are just in there for the fun factor and nothing more.
Regardless of how Battlefront 2 connects (or doesn't) to the larger franchise continuity, it is looking like the sequel will be a marked improvement over its predecessor. EA admitted their first Battlefront was rushed in 2015 in order to coincide with the Force Awakens premiere, and they seemed to have taken the criticisms to heart when developing the second one. Battlefront 2 is three times larger than the original, and all DLC will be free. Some skeptics may wait until the professional reviews roll in before purchasing a copy for themselves, but this time, Battlefront could live up to the hype.
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019