There’s already an iconic moment for Star Wars fans in the new teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. It’s that part at the end where space pirate Commander Riker is standing next to Dr. Zaius and he says “We’re home.” That’s what the announcement of Star Wars: Battlefront feels like. We’ve known about Electronic Arts and DICE taking on big multiplayer in the Star Wars playground since a few weeks after Disney bought the whole lot from George Lucas, but it’s nice to finally tear away the tarp and see what they’ve been working on. It’s a Battlefield game!
It’s the Frostbite engine and explosions and next-gen super graphics with a jillion polys and plenty of pew-pew. Teams will square off against each other with Star Wars equipment and vehicles in familiar places like the forest moon of Endor or the snowdrifts of Hoth. EA will even offer a free map download just before The Force Awakens premieres that depicts a battle on Jakku, the desert planet shown in the latest movie trailer. And since Star Wars is all about pulp heroes and villains, players will be able to embody their favorite cosplay subjects like Darth Vader and Rebel Trooper #12. Basically, it’s all the fan-service you could want outside of a remake of Wrath of Khan starring Smaug.