Star Wars is returning to the forefront of pop culture this year in various forms of media. In addition to the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most anticipated product fans will be clamoring for is the video game Star Wars: Battlefront. The title will become available on consoles later this month (as of this writing), and even helps fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens via free downloadable content.
But in this day and age, it isn't enough to give consumers something they can only use at home. People are constantly on the go, frequently using their mobile device to keep up on the latest in entertainment. Now, that extends to Battlefront thanks to the release of the game's free companion app.
Electronic Arts has unveiled the official Battlefront companion app, which allows gamers to link their EA profile so they can track their stats and progression, customize their character, and see when their friends are playing online (among other features). It also comes with a turn-based strategy game called Base Command, which involves a player protecting their base against invading Imperial forces.
Base Command is a playable title on its own (meaning you don't need Battlefront to access it), but those who get a copy of the console game will receive an added benefit. Through the app, gamers can earn credits that can be used for in-game purchases such as weapons and Star Cards. Since credits (and not real-world currency) are reportedly the only way to receive upgrades, Battlefront users have all the more incentive to download the app and get a head start on their competition.
Star Cards are a new feature for this iteration of Battlefront, giving players an opportunity to obtain power-ups and special weapons they can use in their fights. Gamers can mix and match them in three-card hands as well as utilize them as they see fit, depending on the environment. Items gamers can gain by using Star Cards include jump packs, thermal detonators, and a pulse scanner (among countless others). As players progress throughout the game, they will be able to buy upgrades for the cards. These give the game an extra layer of intrigue, and how one implements them in battle could go a long way in determining the outcome.
All in all, this seems like it will be a very useful app for any Star Wars fan. While the primary selling point is the ability to earn credits prior to Battlefront's release (and all the game tie-ins), it even has something for those without a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. It's nice to see that the Base Command game is available to everyone; an enjoyable time killer that should make the overall Battlefront experience more inclusive. Obviously, a mobile game is a tad different from the capabilities of a home console, but it's a nice alternative available for people who just want a quick fix.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be available for consoles on November 17, 2015. You can download the companion app at the App Store or Google Play for free now.
Source: Electronic Arts