BY ALEX WAKEFORD
May the fourth be with you!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Star Wars: Battlefront games are where you’ll find some of the all-time best Star Wars action the franchise has to offer.
Sixteen years later, that still holds true…
This week, we’re looking at the latest news for the Battlefront series – from its first instalment to its latest – to see how these games are still living their best lives.Last week, it was announced that 2017’s Star Wars: Battlefront II would be receiving its final content update, stating that, after more than two years of free updates, the vision for the game is complete.
For more than two years, the team has deployed 25 free content updates that have shaped and expanded Star Wars Battlefront II into something truly special for Star Wars™ fans. We’ve introduced game-changing heroes, fan-favourite reinforcements, exotic planets, and epic new ways to play across all three cinematic eras. We’ve also shared in your excitement along the way. As developers, it’s incredibly fulfilling to see players of all kinds living out their Star Wars fantasies in our game! [Dennis Brännvall, EA (29/4/2020)]
What this means is that support for the game – in terms of content updates – is now winding down, following years of dedication and hard work to make the game the best it can be.
Over the years, we’ve seen a campaign expansion continue the events of campaign protagonist Iden Versio’s journey, tying into The Last Jedi; we’ve had playable Ewoks, new heroes (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Grievous, Count Dooku, Finn, and many more), co-operative and instant action modes, new worlds, new characters skins, and a complete overhaul of the progression system.
A touching tribute to the developers’ commitment to the game has been uploaded by Battlefront II cinematography-dedicated channel Cinematic Captures, with messages from fans at the end of this great journey.
I myself picked this game up on release to experience the story of Iden Versio, after reading Christie Golden’s marvellous tie-in Inferno Squad novel. It is, quite appropriately, a story about redemption – about family, and hope, and (unconventionally for Star Wars) a mother and her daughter fighting the good fight against the First Order.
The multiplayer spans all eras, across every film (including spin-offs Rogue One and Solo), on the iconic battlefields with your favourite heroes and villains and starships in a broad variety of game modes.
If you’ve not yet dived into Battlefront II, now is the perfect time to do so. The suite of features and sheer amount of content will keep you busy for many months to come.
But that’s not all…Remember the 2004 original Star Wars: Battlefront from Pandemic Studios? It’s hard to believe that was sixteen years ago, but it’s just received a big update!
This classic for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC also supported online multiplayer for up to 64 players, but official support was dropped in 2014 when GameSpy closed its doors and went defunct.
However, players on Steam and GOG will find that the game has received an update that restores its online multiplayer component – and not only that, but there’s crossplay between them as well!
Star Wars has very much been about endings lately.
The nine-film Skywalker Saga concluded in December last year, the animated shows Rebels and Resistance have been resolved, the final episode of The Clone Wars brought this seven-series epic to a poignant end today…
It feels as if a huge chapter of Star Wars has drawn to a close, and while there’s still plenty more to come one has to wonder what the next big step is going to be.
And, of course, will history repeat itself, or will we see a Battlefront III on next-generation consoles?
Only time will tell. Until then, stay safe and may the Force be with you!
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- Pick your side – Rebels, Imperials, clone troopers or battle droids.
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