Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press.
According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” with the option to choose either the Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire.
A team of “jetpack-equipped rebels” were shown in a game demonstration flying across Endor as Stormtroopers on speeders and in walkers met them head on.
Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust which was mentioned in Return of the Jedi are locations players will visit. Players will be able to take on the role of Boba Fett and Darth Vader on the battlefield as well. Other characters from the films which will be encountered include C-3PO and R2-D2.
“You can storm in as the Dark Lord himself,” said design director Niklas Fegraeus. “You can wield a lightsaber. You can Force choke the rebel scum, which is fun. Basically, you are the boss of the battle. This means that you, as Vader, can lead your team to victory — if you play well.”
There will also be free DLC released two weeks prior to the December 18 theatrical premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The DLC will be titled Battle of Jakku and those who pre-order the game will receive the DLC on December 1 before it releases to the public on December 8.
The content is set on the planet of Jakku from the film, starting off where Return of the Jedi ended as the New Republic discovers an Imperial presence in the Outer Rim enclave.
There will also be dogfights with TIE Fighters, X-wings and the Millennium Falcon through dedicated space battles will not be included. Instead, the team is focusing on vehicle and ground based battles.
DICE’s Executive producer Patrick Bach said the team wanted the game to be an authentic Star Wars experience both from the ground and while operating the wide variety of vehicles and machines such as AT-STs and AT-ATs.
Bach also told Eurogamer’s gal om the ground Aoife Wilson that Battlefront will not feature a single-player campaign, instead it will contain “crafted missions” playable solo or with a friend via split-screen offline or through online co-op.
Along with the two-player splitscreen mode is a Partner feature which means both players can “share experience and unlocks” as well as spawn at each other’s location.
The game will also include modes with different player caps which will be smaller than the aforementioned 40 player battles.
Players will also be able to switch between first-person and third-person perspectives “at will” and characters can be customized vi armor, weapons and abilities but only to a point. iconic characters Darth Vader and Boba Fett are two examples of clothing and armor options being unavailable.
Yesterday, new artwork and the first teaser screen appeared for the upcoming shooter. A video clip was also shown at the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer which was shown to the public during the day one of the Star Wars celebration.
It was also revealed through code included on the game’s official website that Star Wars: Battlefront would release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One November 17 in North America, in Europe on November 19 and November 20 in the UK.