The Star Wars universe is rife with exotic planets and locations that often magnify temporal features akin to those found here on Earth. For instance, the dense forestry of the Sanctuary Moon of Endor is reminiscent of North American woodlands, the sand dune populated planet of Tatooine recalls the deserts of Northern Africa—obviously, since A New Hope was filmed in Tunisia—and, of course, there’s the ice planet of Hoth that is evocative of Antarctica. And interestingly enough, all three of the aforementioned locales will be featured in the upcoming reboot of Star Wars Battlefront.
With such a diverse range of iconic environments at their disposal, Electronic Arts and DICE decided that the best footage with which to reveal their take on Star Wars Battlefront would be a first-person view of the Battle of Hoth, with the snowy planet setting the stage of the conflict, as a Snowspeeder crashed into an AT-AT walker. Now, the game developers are giving fans yet another glimpse of the frozen landscape with a new screenshot of Star Wars Battlefront that shows off the remote ice world of Hoth.
Electronic Arts and DICE officially unveiled the image via Twitter, and the picture displays several rebels defending their base on the arctic planet, which is suggestive of the polar conflict featured in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back. As previously reported, Hoth will be one of the four settings used in the the 12 multiplayer maps for the game alongside Sullust, and the aforementioned Endor and Tatooine.
Anticipation has never been higher for Star Wars Battlefront, especially since the game’s release is less than five months away. Plus, with DICE‘s announcement of features like the ability to play as Darth Vader, the ultimate Sith Lord, and tight-lipped bounty hunter Boba Fett, it’s no wonder Star Wars fans’ midi-chlorians are all in a tizzy. And with the addition of a playable Millennium Falcon, gamers of all ilks will certainly be lining up to shout at shopkeepers to shut up and take their credits.
However, some gamers are concerned with the direction in which Electronic Arts and DICE are taking Star Wars Battlefront. With the game’s lack of space battles, some fans believe that an exclusion of such an important feature is indicative of a much larger problem and could take away from the charm that made the original so great. Regardless, with such claims being specious at best, we’ll be able to form a much more cohesive opinion once Star Wars Battlefront gameplay is shown at E3 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront is set for release on November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.