Few things could be sweeter than playing in an HD Star Wars sandbox where Yoda, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, and Darth Maul all vie for the same screen time.
Throw in a dedicated single-player storyline that sweetens an already-touted (and — we can’t stress this enough — enormous) multiplayer mode, and you’re looking at a tough wait until Star Wars Battlefront II releases next month.
Publisher EA just made that wait even harder today, releasing a new two-minute launch trailer as part of the Sony press conference during the kickoff to Paris Games Week.
The trailer features the walk-on of a major new character, Iden Versio, who will head up the single-player story arc as the leader of an Imperial Special Forces unit known as Inferno Squad. The game’s setting finds Inferno Squad taking the offensive during the period between the end of Return of the Jedi and the start of The Force Awakens.
Iden’s got no love for the Rebellion, we can tell you that. Game Informer spent some hands-on time with her character earlier this month, and came away impressed by her commitment to — well, to nothing less than “wiping out the Rebel Alliance.” Hey, if you’re gonna write a bad check, might as well go all in and make it a good one.
The trailer also makes it clear that developer EA Motive is pulling no punches in setting a new graphical standard for the newest installment in what’s already a storied game franchise. Seriously, we’ve never seen Wookie fur shimmer so gloriously in sunlight.
Graphics aside, Star Wars Battlefront II wants you to be able to go absolutely everywhere, play as nearly anyone, and have your battles both in the cockpit and down on solid terra firma. RPG elements suffuse the highly flexible character progression arc in multiplayer mode, so be thinking about where you want to pad those stats.
Although EA got a head start by revealing the launch trailer at Sony’s press conference, rest assured Star Wars Battlefront II will be available on your chosen current-gen platform. It’s slated for a November 17 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and — never fear! — PC.