Star Wars Battlefront (2015 video game)

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Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront 2015 box.jpg
Developer(s) EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Distributor(s) LucasArts
Series Star Wars: Battlefront
Engine Frostbite 3
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4[1]
Xbox One[1][2]
Release date(s) NA November 17, 2015[3]
AUS November 19, 2015[4]
EU November 20, 2015[3]
Genre(s) Action, shooter
Mode(s) Single-player,[5] multiplayer[6]

Star Wars Battlefront is an upcoming action video game based on the Star Wars franchise. The third major release in the Star Wars: Battlefront series, it is being developed by EA DICE and will be published by Electronic Arts. Despite this, it is not being considered a sequel to the previous games, but rather a reboot.[7] It is scheduled for release on November 17, 2015 in North America and Brazil, November 19, 2015 in Australia and November 20, 2015 in Europe for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gameplay[edit]

Players have the ability to control characters from the films, such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Star Wars Battlefront is an action game played from either a first-person or third-person view; players can switch at any time seamlessly.[8] Players traverse planets from the Star Wars universe, such as Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the newly introduced planet of Sullust. To navigate the world, players use a variety of vehicles, including both air and land-based vehicles.[9] Battles are planet-based, restricting players from exploring space. The game's weapons, characters, gear and abilities are customizable.[10] As new weapons are unlocked, players have the ability to share them with their teammates.[9] Battlefront will not feature iron sights.[11]

The game lets players choose to control either a Rebel Alliance soldier or an Imperial Stormtrooper. There will also be playable characters from the films, such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Boba Fett,[12] as well as non-playable characters, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO.[13] The game includes cooperative missions which can be played offline but does not have a campaign mode. Players can complete the missions both independently and with bots or another player; the game supports split screen.[14] The game's online multiplayer mode supports up to 40 players in one match and 12 multiplayer maps will be available at launch. These maps will feature five locations from the Star Wars universe - Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, Sullust and Jakku.[15][16]

Development[edit]

In May 2013, publisher Electronic Arts obtained exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games for gaming consoles, and its subsidiaries DICE, Visceral Games, and BioWare started work on Star Wars games.[17][18]

DICE first acknowledged the game at Electronic Arts' E3 2013 press conference, along with a teaser trailer.[19] The game is built with the Frostbite 3 engine; studio head Patrick Söderlund stated that the game would be "DICE's interpretation of what Battlefront should be", while still incorporating elements from the previous two games. As such, DICE did not brand the new game as a sequel to Battlefront II, but a reboot of the franchise.[2][20] Söderlund said that the game almost wasn't developed, but that staffers at DICE lobbied to be given the project; he called DICE's development of Battlefront "a match made in heaven".[21]

In June 2014, it was revealed at EA's E3 2014 press conference that the ice planet Hoth and the forest moon of Endor would be playable maps for the game.[22] In late October of that year, it was revealed that the game would be released Christmas 2015, tying in with the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[23] In early March 2015, the first gameplay footage of the game was shown at a private retail event and received "superb ovation" from the audience.[24]

In late March 2015, it was revealed that the game would be shown at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California.[25] During the Celebration, the first gameplay details and the second trailer was released.[26] The first downloadable content of the game, entitled Battle of Jakku was also announced during the event.[27]

In April 2015, EA announced that Battlefront would release in North America on November 17, 2015, and in Europe on November 20, 2015.[3] It was also confirmed that the game would not feature the Battlelog system, but to use a new system developed by Uprise, an Electronic Arts subsidiary based in Sweden, which has previously worked on the Battlelog system of Battlefield 4.[28]

On 15 June 2015, further gameplay was shown at E3 2015 depicting the Walker Assault mode on Hoth from perspectives of both the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire using various weapons, items and vehicles such as the AT-AT walker, Snowspeeders and TIE Fighters ending with playable characters Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader engaging in battle.[29] Another gameplay trailer featuring cooperative missions was also shown at the event.[30] A beta of the game is set to be released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early October. The mode is set to include the Walker Assault mode, the Drop Zone mode, and the Survival mission mode.[31]

Downloadable content[edit]

Star Wars Battlefront will feature downloadable content (DLC). The first downloadable content, titled Battle of Jakku, was revealed during Star Wars Celebration 2015 and will be publicly available for download for free on December 8, 2015.[32]

Battle of Jakku[edit]

Battle of Jakku is the first upcoming DLC for Star Wars Battlefront, which launches publicly on December 8, 2015. Players who pre-order the game will receive the Battle of Jakku DLC a week earlier, on December 1, 2015. It will be free to all players on December 8, 2015 and will feature two maps set on planet Jakku, preceding the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[33]

Reception[edit]

Projected sales[edit]

On May 5, 2015, Electronic Arts announced that the company is expecting the game to sell nine to ten million units before the end of the company's 2016 fiscal year on March 31, 2016.[34]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ Scammell, David (March 4, 2015). "Star Wars Battlefront gameplay footage receives "superb ovation" at secret showing". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  25. ^ Tach, Dave (March 19, 2015). "Star Wars Battlefront will debut in April at Star Wars Celebration". Polygon. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
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