A shitload of Star Wars: Battlefront news has dropped from Star Wars Celebration.
First off, you guys have already heard that the game will be releasing on November 17. A few weeks later on December 8 there will be free DLC released concerning the Battle of Jakku. It is described as taking place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It will release a week earlier on December 1 for those who preorder the game.
[UPDATE]: There will be a Star Wars: Battlefront Digital Deluxe Edition that includes other DLC. Preorders are now live on PSN store and Origin. This edition will give players five exclusive items: “Two emotes exclusive to the edition, Ion Shock and Victory are available, along with Ion Grenade, Ion Torpedo, and the DL44 Blaster… like the one Han Solo” uses.
Producer Craig Mcleod told this to IGN about the Battle of Jakku: “This really ties in what we’re doing with the Original Trilogy era with The Force Awakens. The Battle of Jakku takes place a year after the Battle of Endor, and the only way you can experience or see it is in our game. That battle essentially leads to that battle-scarred landscape you see in the trailers. What’s even better is we’re delivering it for free to every player who owns the game. I think Kathleen Kennedy summed it up best: Star Wars is all about the fans.”
However, the game will NOT launch with any content from the Prequel era. It will not have any Prequel era settings, characters, vehicles, or battles. The developers have said they want to focus on the Original Trilogy battles, like Hoth and Endor. They have also said that the game will not have space battles. They are focusing on planetary fights, but you’ll still be able to use vehicles like TIE Fighters and X-Wings. Speaking of vehicles, the developers have said that the Millennium Falcon will be able to join the combat. They also said that Jedi, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett will be playable characters. (They didn’t detail which Jedi, but seeing as how this is set during the original trilogy, it’s not that hard to figure it out)
In surprising news, DICE has revealed that the game will not include a single player narrative campaign mode. Mcleod said “Because it’s only a two-player experience you’re sharing with a friend, they’re custom built. “It’s not about pulling a section out of somewhere else and you just do them. I can’t go into specifics about what mission we’ll have, but when we think about multiplayer and co-op, what we’re really trying to do is immerse yourself in your Star Wars battle fantasies.”
The missions will be short and will be intended to be replayed multiple times. DICE is definitely putting a lot of emphasis on split-screen and also online multiplayer.
General manager of DICE Patrick Bach had this to say: “I would say they occupy that space… where you play alone. Or you can play co-op, split screen or on the internet. The game is first and foremost a multiplayer game. Battlefront was a multiplayer game. That’s the game we wanted to create — to recreate the battles of the Original Trilogy.”
Here are some screenshots, courtesy of IGN: