Though the latest edition of Star Wars: Battlefront earned a lukewarm response upon its release in fall 2015, EA has been working on ways to improve the game and give players their money's worth in the months since. A couple of months ago, it was revealed that Battlefront would be getting more in the way of offline content and that more fan-favorite characters would be joining the lineup of playable figures in a galaxy far, far away. This was a welcomed development for those unhappy with the lack content, which was the result of EA trying to meet a specific release date.
Whether or not the additions improve Battlefront to the point that the $50 season pass price tag is justifiable remains to be seen, but it is nice to see EA take strides to enhance the overall experience. Part of the initiative is to include more classic Star Wars locations in the game, in an effort to provide fans with a plethora of maps on which to do battle. In this universe, there aren't many places more iconic than Cloud City on the planet Bespin, and soon gamers will be able to explore this corner of the galaxy.
Today, EA announced official details about the Battlefront Bespin digital expansion pack, which will be available to Season Pass owners two weeks early beginning June 21. It includes old smoothie Lando Calrissian and bounty hunter Dengar as playable characters, as well as the ability to fly through the skies in a cloud car vehicle. Whether a gamer prefers short or long range combat, they will find something to enjoy here.
Two new blasters are added to the game's array of weapons - the X-8 Night Sniper and EE-4 blaster. Dengar also comes equipped with the DLT-19, making him Battlefront's first Hero to date to possess a heavy blaster. Both Lando and Dengar have been programmed with unique features to make them stand out during gameplay. The former knows the odds and has a collection of tricks he unleashes on his enemies, while the latter "thrives on being in a fight." From the sound of it, these are fun inclusions that should be a treat for longtime Star Wars fans. More playable characters means more opportunity for variation, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The Bespin map should prove to be a favorite amongst gamers once it goes live. Mixing things up seems to be the primary focus, given that it's designed for ground and aerial combat. One of the positives of Battlefront was the production design, as the beautifully rendered graphics transported people to the worlds of Star Wars in a way few other games have, and Cloud City should be a continuation of that. This may not be a much-desired single player campaign, but there is a lot to look forward to. Perhaps some of the uninitiated will be inclined to pick up a copy.
Either way, EA is in a position where they need to make Battlefront as strong as it can be, especially since a fan made remake of the canceled Battlefront 3 is about to make its way online for free. The company says they are committed to delivering a memorable title for their Battlefront sequel, so hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround. Just about anything with the Star Wars label will sell well, but in order for that success to continue, the content needs to serve up the goods.
Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for various platforms.