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Battlefront II’s Multiplayer Is Everything & More!

Posted on June 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm by Felix Mui

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During EA’s own pre-E3 2017 event EA Play today, the eagerly anticipated return of the recent blockbuster Star Wars Battlefront II game got a little less mysterious when developer DICE in collaboration with both Criterion (Need for Speed) and Motive (upcoming Jade Raymond-lead action adventure games) cracked open the Multiplayer side of things.

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The original announcement trailer back in May 10th showcased more of the Empire focused single player as well as the, “spanning of all eras” content. But today we were treated to the realization of the latter with both a brand new trailer and a live gameplay demonstration of a battle on the Naboo capital of Theed. Check it out below!

The trailer itself had a nice iconic beginning paying homage to the First Order Stormtrooper shot from The Force Awakens, transitioning backwards to Imperial Stormtroopers on board the Tantive IV and ends on Clone Troopers on Kamino. The whole showcase is notarized as “Game Engine Footage”, which is powered by the famous Frostbite engine, which the equally impressive 2015’s Battlefront had also used with of the unique technique of “photogrammetry”, scanning and photographing actual locations and props to get a level of realism involved.

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The rest of it has a nice cinematic mixing of Clone Troopers fighting Battle Droids on Theed, AAT & MTT tanks converging on the temple, dogfighting with N1 Naboo Starfighters against Vulture Droid Fighters, and hero class Darth Maul slicing and dicing. The massive teasing of other locals and eras was on full display: Wookies on Kashyyyk, First Order on Starkiller Base, Death Troopers on the moon of Yavin IV, Boba Fett on Tatooine, Yoda and Maul fighting in the Theed generator room (which we saw in the teaser trailer), Rey and Kylo dueling in Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana. Space battles also got a quick tease with Rebel Alliance ships navigating an asteroid field.

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Afterwards an entire showcase of a Battle on Theed involved many YouTube gaming personalities playing a new game mode which gave us glimpses at the class systems: Assault, Heavy, Officer, and Specialist and the new Battle Point system which is a revamp of the in game abilities system from the first game. Instead of powerups on a spawn timer around the map, progressive and supportive gameplay with accumulate points to be used to call in vehicles and hero units. The latter of which you can customize to your hearts content in addition to your basic player character.

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The best part of it all though is that all of the game’s DLC in regards to maps, heroes, and new units will be free in various waves after the game has launched; ultimately ditching the paid DLC system from the last game that segregated the player base. The Last Jedi content is the first of this, which includes playable heroes like Finn and Captain Phasma, the planet of Krait (seen in The Last Jedi teaser), and more!

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Even the pre-order bonuses of The Last Jedi outfits for Kylo and Rey, various ability modifiers for ships and heroes, early access to the game’s upcoming beta, as well as an upgraded Epic Lightsaber Mastery Star Card for Yoda, will eventually be available to late adopters of the game.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II is still slated for a November 17th, 2017 release on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Keep it here on Geek Legacy for the latest on Star Wars and Battlefront II!

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