Star Wars Battlefront (2015 video game)
|Star Wars Battlefront|
|Developer(s)||EA Digital Illusions CE|
|Series||Star Wars: Battlefront|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Star Wars Battlefront is an upcoming action video game in development by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and to be published by Electronic Arts. It is scheduled for release on November 17, 2015, in North America and November 20, 2015, in the UK for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is the third main entry in the Star Wars: Battlefront series.
Star Wars Battlefront is an action game played from either a first-person or third-person view; players can switch at any time seamlessly. Players traverse planets, such as Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust. To navigate the world, players use a variety of vehicles, including both air and land-based vehicles. Battles are planet-based, restricting players from exploring space. The game's weapons, characters, gear and abilities are customizable. As new weapons are unlocked, players have the ability to share them with their teammates.
The game lets players choose to control either a Rebel Alliance soldier or a Stormtrooper. 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. The game's online multiplayer mode supports up to 40 players in one match.
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.
DICE first acknowledged the game at Electronic Arts' E3 2013 press conference, along with a teaser trailer. 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. 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".
In late October 2014, it was revealed that the game would be released Christmas 2015, tying in with the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 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. In late March 2015, it was revealed that the game would be shown at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California. During the Celebration, the first gameplay details and the second trailer was released. The first downloadable content of the game, titled Battle of Jakku was also announced during the event.
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 on December 8, 2015.
Battle of Jakku
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 who own the game before December 8, 2015 and will feature two maps set on planet Jakku, preceding the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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