As anticipation grows for the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in December, Star Wars pandemonium is spilling into almost every other facet of the media. With the series’ characters coming to Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars, the release of the franchise’s first Marvel comic books in almost 30 years, and the “May the 4th” sales on Steam and Good Old Games, Star Wars fans have a lot of content headed their way. For gamers, however, the upcoming release of Star Wars Battlefront is by far the most important news, and to keep the hype train on schedule, Electronic Arts recently released the first in-game look at Star Wars’ iconic AT-ST Walker.
The picture was originally posted by DICE and Electronic Arts via Twitter, and later made its way over to the Star Wars Battlefront Reddit thread, where the photo was confirmed as an official screenshot by an EA community manager. This image builds on Wednesday’s announcement that the AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) will be a playable vehicle in Battlefront.
Ever since livestreaming Star Wars Battlefront gameplay footage during the Star Wars Celebration last month, fans have been hanging on every word regarding the Battlefront’s developers’ interesting choices – both the good ones and the bad ones. For instance, there won’t be any Battlefield-style environmental destruction, and the series’ popular space battles won’t make the cut either.
While such news is discouraging, one should try to look at the situation rationally. When reviving popular titles, developers often have to make radical, sometimes unpopular, changes. Sometimes, modifying or dropping old ideas can breathe fresh air into a game. Besides, nobody wants to play a static recreation of a beloved favorite. The original game’s still there; let’s take this opportunity to try something new.
Possible shortcomings aside, fans of Star Wars Battlefront have plenty to look forward to, especially with twelve multiplayer maps included at launch. In addition, a few weeks after the game’s launch, DICE will release of Battle of Jakku, a free DLC pack that ties in to The Force Awakens.
With such exciting details already surfacing, it’s safe to say that EA and DICE have more surprises in store. They’d better, anyway, if EA hopes to sell 9-10 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront on release.
Besides the AT-ST, which vehicles are you most excited about commandeering? If it comes down to it, do you consider yourself a Rebel, or a cog of the Empire?
Star Wars Battlefront will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17.