What’s new in Star Wars Battlefront 2’s multiplayer

Michael McWhertor

DICE overhauls Battlefront’s heroes, space combat and more DICE’s original Star Wars Battlefront was designed with the goal to give Star Wars fans a chance to live out their own personal battle fantasies, but this year’s sequel dreams bigger than that. Rather than focusing just on George Lucas’ original trilogy, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is targeting Star Wars fans young and old. At Star Wars Celebration today, Electronic Arts and developers DICE and Motive Studios revealed that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will feature battles from Star Wars’ three cinematic eras: the original trilogy, the prequels and the recently launched sequels.

“My first touchpoint [with Star Wars] was the original trilogy,” said Bernd Diemer, creative director at DICE. “But there are so many kids whose first experience with Star Wars was the prequels. ” Naturally, there are some relatively new Star Wars fans whose introduction to the series is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

They’re being catered to in Battlefront 2 as well. With Battlefront 2, DICE is giving Star Wars fans access to planets, weapons, characters, gadgets, ships and more “from all eras. ” Players will be able to battle AT-ATs and Snowtroopers on Hoth while riding tauntauns or flying Snowspeeders; fight TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers in an X-wing; and play as heroes like Darth Maul, Rey, Kylo Ren and Yoda.

And while playing as iconic characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker will once again be a big draw in Battlefront 2, DICE also wants players to feel heroic playing as a rank and file trooper, whether that’s a Rebel soldier, a First Order stormtrooper or a Trade Federation Army battle droid. Electronic Arts Star Wars Battlefront 2 Diemer said DICE had to “do a little deconstruction” about what’s exciting about stepping into a Star Wars battle. “What gives you goosebumps about stepping onto Hoth?

” he said. “What elements do we need to have? Your blaster, your lightsaber, your ship, your family … the Force — one thing that stood out to us was there’s a chance for everybody to become a hero… “Multiplayer, at…

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