Star Wars Battlefront 2: release date, setting, campaign, modes - everything we know

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2017 is the year of Star Wars (again). Not only do we get the eagerly anticipated second movie in the saga’s third trilogy, but we also get a brand new Star Wars Battlefront game. And with a name like Battlefront 2, it better be as good as the last game to hold that title, otherwise there will be a great disturbance in the Force. 

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Need to know what the developers at DICE have in store for their second Star Wars game? Look no further than the words below, which contain everything we know about Battlefront 2. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 release date

Battlefront 2 will release November 17, almost a whole month in advance of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. EA used a similar release schedule for the first Battlefront, and marked the release of The Force Awakens with some movie tie-in DLC. There’s a similar move happening this year - a pre-order will nab you some Kylo Ren and Rey skins from The Last Jedi, plus some ability modifiers.  

If you’ve got an Origin Access subscription, you’ll be able to play a week early, from November 9. If you’d like to play early but don’t fancy subscribing to EA’s service, a pre-order of the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will allow you access from November 14. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 setting

Star Wars Battlefront 2 TIE Fighters

Battlefront 2 will be set across all three eras of Star Wars, from the Republic days of the prequel movies, right up to to the age of the First Order and the Resistance. This means that not only will we be seeing classic trilogy planets such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Yavin IV, but also the likes of Kamino, Geonosis, Hosnian Prime, Scarif, and Jedha. We’ll also be playing with the relevant technologies and characters, so you’ll almost certainly be able to try out the new Stormtrooper F-11D blaster rifles and (hopefully) the Z6 riot control baton.  

Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign

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Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront 2 will have a single player campaign. It sounds incredibly interesting, too: rather than casting us as the typical Rebel good guys, Battlefront 2 is seen through the eyes of the Imperials. The story spans 30 years and places you in the uniform of Iden Versio, commander of the Imperial black-ops team Inferno Squad. 

Taking place after the destruction of the second Death Star as seen in the final act of Return of the Jedi, the campaign will work as a bridge between the original trilogy and the latest trio of films. Versio and her team will be seeking revenge for the death of the Emperor, and will come face-to-face with a variety of familiar characters on their journey. 

The story is being co-written by Walt Williams, who is most famous for Spec Ops: The Line, a game which has been continually praised for its non-typical look at the darkness of war. He seems a pretty good fit for a story about the galaxy’s bad guys and their battle against the terrorist Rebels. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 maps

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Naboo Theed map

DICE have announced a few of the planets that we’ll be fighting over in the game’s multiplayer maps. Theed (capital city of Naboo), Takodana, Starkiller Base, and Yavin IV will feature, as well as returning worlds Endor, Tatooine, and Hoth. Each map will dictate the look and design of character models. For example, battles on Theed will feature Battle Droids and prequel-era equipment, while Starkiller Base will pit the Resistance against the First Order. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 modes

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The first announced mode for Battlefront 2 is Galactic Assault, a brand new gametype that’s split over two phases. The first phase involves an attacking team escorting a vehicle and, should they succeed, phase two sees defenders repelling the assault in a newly unlocked section of the map. The mode was shown off at E3 2017, and you can see an entire match being played in the video above. On this Naboo-set Theed map, the Separatist droid army must escort an ATT through the streets of the city in phase one, before storming the royal palace in an incredibly close-quarters second phase. 

No other modes have been announced yet, but you can probably expect to see the flagships of 40-player Supremacy and Walker Assault to return. The first game had a solid variety by the end of its DLC run, including Drop Zone, Extraction, Cargo, and Droid Run, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of those return. It’s almost certain that we’ll see Heroes vs Villains, too; the mode that sees players take control of key Star Wars characters rather than standard ground troops. 

A key new addition is 24-player space battles. Taking place above the orbit of classic planets, this mode was sorely lacking from the first game after being a fan favourite in the original Pandemic-developed series. Hopefully these laser-fuelled dogfights will live up to expectations. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 classes

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Stormtroopers

This time around Battlefront will be using a class-based soldier system, akin to its DICE stablemate Battlefield. Playing as a specific class will unlock new abilities and upgrades, and increased experience with a class will gain you access to new weapon mods and improvements. It sounds a deeper alternative to the simplistic card loadout system of the first game, and having multiple roles should make it easier for you to find your own combat niche.  

There are four main classes. Assaults are all-rounders; essentially your classic Stormtroopers and Rebel soldiers. Heavies bring in big weapons like rapid-fire lasers, and can use a combat shield to defend themselves. Specialists are hunters, equipped with sniper rifles, deployable traps, and the ability to reveal enemies on the map. Finally, Officers are a supporting class that can buff and heal allies, and build automated sentry turrets. 

There are a second set of advanced, special classes too, but these must be unlocked by spending Battle Points. Scoring kills, assists, and fulfilling objectives will earn you points, and these can be spent on a variety of things during a match. Special classes cost around 2,000 Battle Points, and include the jetpack-using Clone Jumptrooper, and Super Battle Droids. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 vehicles

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A key component of Battlefront is its vehicles, and the sequel will be widely expanded with not only new rides for the original trilogy era, but complete fleets for the newly added prequel and new-era trilogies, too. Expect to see notable emphasis on starfighters thanks to the new space battles, but also new ground vehicles as well. 

The Naboo-set Theed map, shown off at E3, features the droid AAT-1 hovering tank, as well as a fun AT-RT walker platform that turns Clone Troopers into mini mech-style menaces. Up in the sky, N-1 Starfighters and V-Wings engage in dogfights with Vulture droids. 

All of these pale in comparison to the news that we’ll be able to ride on the back of a tauntaun on Hoth, though. Hopefully cutting it open to hide inside its warm guts won’t be a mechanic.

The vehicle pick-up tokens from the first game are gone and will be replaced with the Battle Points system. You can earn points by scoring kills and completing objectives, and then spend them on unlocks. This has been implemented to make sure vehicle use is fair for everyone, not just those who want to camp in the areas where the vehicle tokens spawn. The new system will include both vehicles on-map that must be climbed into Battlefield-style, and the spawn-in-vehicles akin to the previous Battlefront.  

Star Wars Battlefront 2 heroes

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Darth Maul

Hero and villain characters are making a return and, once again, the multiple eras means we can expect to see a much expanded roster. Confirmed so far are Darth Maul, Yoda, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Captain Phasma, and Finn, and we’ve seen leaked footage of Emperor Palpatine. It also seems unthinkable that there’d be a Battlefront without Leia. 

As seen in the E3 demo, Darth Maul is an energetic fighter with a spin attack that propels him forward, as well as a classic Sith choke hold move. Rey has the ability to perform a Jedi mind trick and confuse enemies, while Boba Fett can fire barrages of rockets from on-high thanks to his jetpack hover. 

Like vehicles and special classes, heroes and villains are unlocked using the Battle Points system, and cost 5,000 points to use. 

As a novelty, Battlefront 2 will allow the merging of characters from different eras. Sure, it’s not canon to have Rey face off against Darth Maul, but who wouldn’t want to know the outcome of that lightsaber duel?

Star Wars Battlefront 2 DLC

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Like many multiplayer shooters, Battlefront 2 will be expanded with new maps and modes over time. Importantly, all Star Wars Battlefront 2 DLC will be free; you won’t pay anything for any of the expansions. Yup, that means no season pass, and no splitting of the playerbase.  

We don’t know the full plans for DLC, but the first batch will include The Last Jedi-themed maps, heroes, weapons, and vehicles, with the first new heroes being Finn and Captain Phasma. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes

With no paid-for DLC to finance it, Battlefront 2 will instead be making money via microtransaction loot boxes, or “supply crates”. These crates, which can also be earned in-game by playing matches, will contain random assortments of cosmetic cards. You can also find Star Cards in them, which are used to add new abilities to your classes and hero characters. Like many other games that use this system, cards are ranked as common or rare. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta

The Battlefront 2 beta will be available sometime in the Autumn (late September/October seems a solid guess). A pre-order of the game will grant you early access to the beta, along with a handful of in-game goodies like the ability-granting Star Cards and The Last Jedi outfits for Kylo Ren and Rey. 

That’s everything we know about Star Wars Battlefront 2 so far. We’ll be continually updating this post as our Rebel spies smuggle more intel from the data points, so be sure to check back regularly. 

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