Whenever a discussion on the best Star Wars video games comes up, Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 are always mentioned. Fans just loved those games (full disclosure, I’ve never played either). So when EA announced that they were working on a new Battlefront game, most fans were thrilled.
Last fall, EA tweeted that Battlefront would be released in December 2015 (you might have heard something else Star Wars related is coming out around that time):
May the Force be with you: Star Wars Battlefront will release for Holiday 2015.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) October 28, 2014
According to Game Informer, during a recent earnings call, EA confirmed the release schedule, stating that “the game would be out before Christmas, and would ‘be aligned with the Star Wars movie rollout.'”
Today, the good folks over at IGN have posted an exclusive piece of concept art for the game featuring the Battle of Endor.
You can view a hi-res version here.
The game’s Design Director, Niklas Fegraeus, delved a bit into the game play and features:
“The scale of our maps and modes offer a great variety” depending on the location, Fegraeus explained. Hoth, where the Rebel Alliance fought off invading AT-ATs in snowy plains, will differ in size than the dense woodland of Endor.
“We have actually made the decision to specifically tailor certain maps to certain game modes,” Fegraeus continued, “and what we get from that is not only incredibly varied scales, but also gameplay that will allow players to live out some of their most memorable Star Wars battle fantasies.”
Be sure to read the full article over at IGN.
For those of you who prefer a more immersive experience, the new Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game (NOT to be confused with Hasbro’s recently abandoned Fighter Pods) by Bandai Namco was released this week. StarWars.com released an interesting new video going behind the scenes into the game. The option of playing as Vader in his TIE Advanced immediately after the Death Star battle looks EPIC:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find some quarters…