Few entertainment properties mean as much to as many people as Star Wars does. Its highly imaginative world, characters, creatures, and absurd variety of vehicles have touched many a geeky heart for decades now, with its appeal never fading for a moment. It’s no surprise then that the Star Wars videos games, for the most part, have been so far above your typical licensed gaming garbage. They almost always feel like honest, loving creations from the people who grew up with the films instead of corporate-backed, cynical cash grabs. Star Wars Battlefront, long one of frontrunners for the position of best Star Wars videogame, has had a reboot in the works for quite some time now but has remained a mystery to most.
Until today, that is. EA has officially unveiled the project with an exciting video and tons of details, including its release date and pre-order incentives. Check it out!
Aside from my annoyance that the trailer features absolutely no gameplay or in-engine footage, I must admit that the trailer has me more than a little excited about the game. If this footage is to be believed, it’ll practically be a Star Wars toy box for those of us who grew up with it. We’ll be able to battle through just about scenario imaginable with our friends and foes. Pretty damn exciting!
Journalists were reportedly given the opportunity to spend some time with Battlefront behind the scenes and initial buzz is exceptionally high. The game’s astounding detail and fun combat has especially impressed the folks who’ve gotten their hands on it, which gives me hope that the trailer isn’t a dishonest one like so many modern games. We’ll find out for ourselves when it launches on November 17 but, in the meantime, I’d expect to see a lot more of this game in the coming weeks, especially leading up to and including E3.
For more information on the game, check out the press release below. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. Studio, and Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars Battlefront will be released beginning November 17, 2015 in North America (November 19 in Europe) as the first full-length trailer for this highly anticipated title premiered to thousands of fans at Star Wars Celebration. Combining an unprecedented collaboration with Lucasfilm and the award-winning Frostbite™ game engine, Star Wars Battlefront will deliver an incredibly authentic and immersive interactive entertainment experience featuring photorealistic visuals and epic action in iconic Star Wars locations. See how this comes to life in-engine by experiencing the newest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront at http://starwars.ea.com/
“Like so many others around the world, everyone at DICE is a tremendous fan of the Star Wars universe,” said Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, Senior Producer of Star Wars Battlefront. “To be working on a Star Wars project and knowing we are helping to represent the universe we love to our generation and a legion of new Star Wars fans is truly an honor. Thanks to the access and knowledge shared with us by Lucasfilm, and the passion and talent of our team, we plan to deliver an amazing game that puts you right in the middle of the Star Wars battles you always imagined playing.”
Star Wars Battlefront will allow fans to live out a wide range of heroic moments and intense battle fantasies of their own – firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. These battles will take place on some of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Gamers will be able to play as some of the most memorable characters in the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Star Wars Battlefront will feature a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen offline or co-operatively online.
Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one-week early starting on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free† content on December 8, 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront will be available in North America on November 17 and starting November 19 in Europe for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and on Origin for PC. To join the Star Wars Battlefront conversation please visit www.facebook.com/EAStarWars, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EAStarWars or sign up for the official EA Star Wars newsletter at http://starwars.ea.com/
newsletter. Press assets for Star Wars Battlefront are available at http://info.ea.com.