As promised, Electronic Arts and DICE revealed Star Wars Battlefront during the Star Wars Celebration event held in California. The reveal trailer stipulates “Game Engine Footage” at the start, and it’s certainly likely considering DICE is using the Frostbite Engine. The result is the most spectacular looking Star Wars game the industry has ever seen. That being said, this is not gameplay; in fact there’s no gameplay to be seen at all, but that still doesn’t stop this reveal from being amazing.
The trailer is primarily set on the forest moon of Endor, and those familiar with Return of the Jedi will likely get a kick out of the prospect of playing one of the most memorable battles in the franchise’s history. There are speeders, AT-STs, AT-ATs, a Sullustan who looks like he’s in a support role, Y-Wings dropping bombs, and a deployable shield generator that looks like it would be at home on Naboo in the middle of a Gungan army.
Yesterday it was rumoured that the game would be out on 17 November. The trailer you can watch after the jump is the UK version, and that stipulates 20 November for us in this territory.
Star Wars Battlefront will feature a 40-player cap for battles. That being said, DICE has promised that different game modes will have different player caps. The game, which is out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will run at 60 fps according to DICE. While they didn’t specify the resolution they’re aiming for with the two consoles, they have promised that a smooth framerate is the highest on the agenda.
Finally, for those excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, EA and DICE have a mission set on the planet of Jakku: the desert planet that you can see in the two trailers for the film. That crashed Star Destroyer in the beginning of the second trailer? That’s likely from the Battle of Jakku, which you’ll be able to play a week before the movie comes out. Here’s the official blurb about the mission:
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.
Those who pre-order the game (ugh) will get this add-on Battle of Jakku one week early on 01 December 2015. Those who don’t pre-order will get the add-on on 08 December instead. The add-on, however, is free.
You can check out the game’s official website over here.