Somewhat paradoxically considering they are ultimately movie tie-ins, Star Wars has a pretty solid track record when it comes to video games, and out of its many lauded series – Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight, the Lego games – the one that stands tallest in terms of mainstream appeal and impact is Battlefront. The original pair of games during the prequel era were massive hits, so it was no surprise EA chose to resurrect it once they acquired the Star Wars license.
Following a string of DLC maps and missions culminating in the Rogue One-themed Scarif, a proper sequel’s next up, expected to hit in Fall 2017 to coincide with the marketing for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was already rumored that in addition to long-anticipated looks at the new movies a trailer for would drop at Star Wars Celebration, and now we have confirmation.
EA have announced that the first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II will be revealed at Celebration. It will be part of the panel “The Galaxywide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II“, which takes place on April 15 at 2:30PM ET/11:30AM PT and will be screened online as part of StarWars.com’s coverage of the event. The announcement also saw them reveal the game’s official logo.
What exactly we can expect from the trailer is unclear, but as the reveal trailer for the first game likewise came at 2015’s Celebration it seems logical to expect something similar; game engine footage that, while animated rather than being proper gameplay, will show off the worlds that are to be used and highlight some of the new features.
As for what those new features will be, we do know is that this game will feature a proper single player mode. Battlefront was roundly criticized for its overall online gaming focus, with only a few token training missions (a campaign was originally planned, but dropped for time), and while DICE later added Skirmish mode allowing the replication of online play, many felt it only a half-hearted appeasement. Hopefully Battlefront II will offer a complete single player experience – a return of the 2000s games’ tactical Galactic Conquest mode would be a major selling point.
The other big thing fans want is action set outside the original trilogy. Battlefront was rather restricted coming so close to the highly secretive The Force Awakens, but its sequel has a bit more leeway to show some sequel era conflict and possibly even a return to the Clone Wars (although how much Disney will be utilizing the prequels at this point is unclear). EA’s said the game will be “much bigger“, which regardless promises that as well as again capturing the feel of Star Wars like the original, the sequel can really put players in the action.
More, of course, will be known come Celebration in a couple of weeks’ time. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all Star Wars updates, both movies and games.
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