The long-awaited trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2's single player campaign released this morning, with just under a month left before the online multiplayer shooter's launch. The trailer focuses on protagonist Iden Versio, commander of the Inferno Squad within the Imperial Special Forces, but teases certain major characters who will also be featured. Sadly, no gameplay is included in the trailer, but hopefully that means more trailers will be coming soon.
Players will be able to participate in the events following the death of the Emperor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi through Iden's eyes. This is a timespan that's largely been unexplored in Star Wars canon, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't start for some time afterward. Battlefront 2 has the opportunity to create a meaningful and impactful story bridging the two most important Star Wars sagas, but that comes with a lot of pressure, too.
The Battlefront 2 trailer shows how Iden sees the destruction of the second Death Star from the surface of Endor, escaping from Rebel imprisonment, and encountering Luke Skywalker himself. There are also hints as to the presence of Kylo Ren and Maz Kanata, implying a timeskip could be in order. It's a good thing Iden is a pilot, because it seems like she has a lot of flying around to do in order to meet so many important Star Wars characters.
Skepticism continues to surround the Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer, despite the interest in its premise. For one, it's worrying that with less than a month to release no gameplay has yet to be shown from the single player campaign. And second, the closure of Visceral Games and the reworking of its in-development single player Star Wars title puts Battlefront 2 in the spotlight. It's a month until launch and Star Wars fans are already angry, setting the stage for controversy no matter the game's quality.
Hopefully the situation turns out to be an opportunity for Battlefront 2. If the multiplayer-focused shooter puts out an outstanding single player campaign, it could shift the community's attitude and get folk looking forward to EA's future Star Wars titles.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 releases on November 17 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.