The upcoming Electronic Arts EA Play event is expected to bring forward more details regarding the much anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II. And now, we have an idea as to what the gathering will exactly reveal with the announcement of one of the new multiplayer battles from the prequel trilogy called Assault on Theed.
Since news broke out that Battlefront II's time scope will be extensive, a lot of fans wondered which eras would be specifically chosen to be the backdrop of the game's various modes. Basing from this announcement, EA is kicking things off with a multiplayer battle set in the planet Naboo which was heavily featured in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
EA announcement was posted on the company's official website and it gives additional details on what fans can look forward to the 20 on 20 online battle set in at the capital city of Naboo. Participating players are given the option to choose between playing for the light side or the dark side - the former takes on Rey with her army of clone troopers while the latter takes on Darth Maul and his legion of driods. The live stream massive multiplayer gameplay gathering is scheduled to take place on June 10, 12:30 PM PT.
“Sleek N-1 Starfighters and Vulture Droids scream overhead spewing light and fire. Nimble AT-RT Walkers race around corners, pursued by roaring AATs. Agile Clone Jet Troopers hop from rooftop to rooftop, while rampaging B2 Super Battle Droids level everything in their path. Armies of Clones and Droids sprint across cover, their blazing weapons shattering the tranquility of the once-peaceful capital of Naboo. And at the center of the swirling melee the lightsabers and Darth Maul and Rey cut swaths through the ranks of the battling troopers."
Given that Battlefront II allows the Star Wars characters included in the game to cross eras, it will be interesting to see Rey in a prequel setting - something that fans may not ever see in the films. Furthermore, it is curious to see how she will fare against other formally trained fighters like Darth Maul in terms of fighting style.
It is also an intriguing choice to match up Rey with Darth Maul. As far as the current Star Wars mythos is concerned, there are no interactions between the two characters. The two characters will never cross paths on the big screen, considering Maul was killed in Star Wars Rebels season 3 - set well before Rey was even born. The sequel trilogy of the Star Wars saga takes place roughly 53 years after the conclusion of the prequels, so any connections between them in the films would probably be minimal at best. Kylo Ren's remark that the First Order should use a clone army in The Force Awakens is a good example of this.
That said, the ability to crossover eras is a key selling point of Battlefront, allowing fans to play out conflicts that would only exist in their heads otherwise. Rey and Maul are two powerful Force users, so seeing them come to blows should be a wonder to behold - even if it's only on video game. It's nice to see EA take advantage of the freedoms presented in the medium to give players much more than recreations of the movies. The single player campaign in Battlefront II may be canon, but that doesn't mean the entire game has to be.
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017