After Disney acquired Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries in 2012, video game publisher Electronic Arts acquired the exclusive rights to developed triple-A Star Wars licensed video games. Fans immediately demanded that EA subsidiary DICE (the makers of the Battlefield series of games) make a third Star Wars Battlefront title. And they did.
Two years ago at E3 2013, they teased the Star Wars Battlefront logo and little else. They followed up in E3 2014 with a behind-the-scenes teaser trailer (below) and only the briefest of glimpses at actual early gameplay footage. With Battlefront releasing later this year, timed with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, EA is finally showing off more of the gameplay at E3 2015.
For its third E3 appearance, we have five minutes of actual in-game Star Wars Battlefront multiplayer gameplay footage, featuring an inside look at the Battle of Hoth from the Rebel Alliance perspective. Here there be AT-STs, AT-ATs, Tie Fighters, Snowspeeders, and all sorts of familiar, laser-infused fun... and yes, lightsabers.
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The "Walker Assault" gameplay footage and presentation during EA's E3 2015 press conference today puts to rest a few fears about the sorts of gameplay offered and confirms that infantry and vehicle gameplay can be enjoyed in first or third-person, mean full in-cockpit views for the Snowspeeders, Ties and X-Wings.
The biggest news for fans not following along with the development of Battlefront are in regards to the modes themselves. As revealed in tweets and announcements over the last few months from DICE developers, Star Wars Battlefront does indeed feature single player missions that can be played offline and/or cooperatively with a friend (even with splitscreen support for the PS4 and Xbox One versions).
Update: During the PlayStation E3 2015 conference a second Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer was showcased, highlighting the game's co-op, wave-based survival mode.
While there is vehicular gameplay, Star Wars Battlefront will not however, feature iconic space battles from Star Wars lore and will be solely focused on planetary battles across four planets: Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust. As with all EA published major releases, Battlefront will undoubtedly feature a heavy load of downloadable content (DLC), the first of which was already announced to release for free on December 8th as a tie-in to the theatrical debut of Episode VII. This content is titled the Battle of Jakku and features two battles that setup the film.
We can only hope that the game will eventually support virtual reality as well with Sony's PS4 Project Morpheus and Oculus VR's Rift headsets debuting next year, the latter of which was just announced to work with the Xbox One.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015; Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016; and Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017.
Star Wars Battlefront releases for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 20, 2015.