In case you guys missed it, a short teaser trailer leaked out all over the internet earlier this week, strongly hinting at the direction this sequel looks to be going. Even though EA and DICE are holding a Star Wars Battlefront II panel this coming Saturday at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, take most of what I’m going to be talking about with a grain of salt. EA has been doing a hell of a job taking down all of the leaked videos, so unfortunately you won’t find it here either.
One of the big knocks against the first game was it’s lack of single player content, which was a hallmark of the older games from Pandemic Studios. Even Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega mentioned it to EA over Twitter as well.
A line in the teaser trailer hints at a story regarding an soldier, then showing a ranking female imperial looking up at the sky as a large explosion (could be the Death Star at the end of Episode 6) lights up the sky over a heavily wooded planet (Endor?). Could this campaign take players through the time period between the 6th and 7th movie? Could this soldier switch sides during the campaign after figuring out that the Empire isn’t all its cracked up to be? While it’s certainly exciting to speculate, the inclusion of an expansive campaign isn’t surprising considering all of the flak the studio took with the first game.
What has me really excited though is the potential scope of this sequel’s multiplayer. While the 2015 title was pretty much locked into original trilogy territory with Luke, Han, and Vader (yes, there was a Rogue One expansion late in its life), Battlefront II appears to be throwing all of that out of the window. The short trailer showed material that spanned over the entire timeline of the movie franchise, from tie fighter space battles, to shots of Rey and Kylo Ren. To cap it all off however, the trailer confirms prequel era movie content as well showing a lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and Yoda. Tell me that doesn’t get your midichlorians tingling.
From a technical standpoint, the trailer appears to be using an in-game engine which is visually stunning. At this point, it’s not much of a surprise these days considering the work DICE typically does with the Frostbite engine. Battlefield 1 is still gorgeous, and for it’s time, 2015 Battlefront is quite the looker as well. Here’s hoping the game features more content, customization options, and maps on day one this time around.
I never found myself getting into the 2015 version of Battlefront, which was disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the older games in the franchise. With this new one due out later this year, I have to admit that the teaser trailer (if true) does look promising. I mean, this won’t be the first or last time a sequel has improved the formula of it’s predecessor.
Could this be the game that many fans originally wanted? We’ll certainly know more later this weekend.