When Electronic Arts released Star Wars Battlefront late last year, players were quick to point out that the gorgeous game lacked real substance. The decision to exclude a single-player campaign, as well as the choice to target a more casual audience, left players anxious for new content. EA happily obliged, announcing a $50 season pass as well as free updates that expanded the game’s offerings.
Details about the Battlefront Season Pass have been sparse, but it has been confirmed to include four separate add-ons. Those four will explore, in order, the Outer Rim, Bespin, the Death Star, and a mystery location TBA later this year. The packs will include new heroes, maps, weapons, and game modes.
Today, EA detailed the Outer Rim DLC pack, the first paid content to be added to Battlefront since the game launched. The new pack will include two new maps, one located in an industrialized area of Sullust and the other in Jabba’s palace on Tatooine. Also included in the pack are two new playable heroes: the Sullustan rebel Nien Nunb and the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo. Players who purchase the DLC will also have the opportunity to try two new weapons, the Relby V-1o rifle and the DT-12 blaster pistol, as well as new Star Cards.
The Outer Rim DLC will also add a new game mode called Extraction. The premise of this mode is that Rebels have captured a valuable shipment and need to move it to a transport before time runs out. The Imperials have shown up to prevent the Rebels from reaching the transport. The mode seems to be similar to the single bomb Assault gametype popular in Halo multiplayer, though there’s currently no information on the number of players per match of Extraction.
Battlefront has consistently received free content since its initial release, including the Battle of Jakku DLC that tied the game directly to Star Wars Episode VII. Surprisingly, there have been no further ties to the new trilogy, with developer DICE choosing to explore the time frame of the original trilogy in future DLC. It’s a little disappointing that characters such as pilot Poe Dameron won’t be joining the first iteration of Battlefront, but it also allows for the inclusion of more minor characters like Nien Nunb — a move sure to delight older fans.
Despite the initial complaints about the game, sales for Battlefront have been impressive, surpassing EA’s bold predictions about overall sales. While not all players will have purchased the season pass, it’s a safe bet that a large number of active players will be purchasing the new content. EA recently revealed that they make approximately $1.3 billion per year on extra content alone, so expect a big marketing push leading up to the DLC’s release later this month.
Star Wars Battlefront is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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