Once Star Wars Celebration was marked down for the third weekend in April, fans began counting the days. In the past, Star Wars Celebration would not have been a worldwide event, but thanks to the looming release of Episode 7 and other Star Wars media items that all changed.
Yesterday played host to the big Star Wars movie news of the event, with fans getting their second look at Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens in action. The trailer certainly drew out a lot of nostalgia, especially once Han Solo and Chewbacca took the screen, but even more than that it featured some truly impressive effects work.
Today, however, Star Wars Celebration’s focus has shifted to the gaming side of things, with the official reveal of Star Wars Battlefront. We’ve known about the reveal for quite some time, and now that it’s here the shroud of mystery surrounding DICE’s game has been lifted.
Curious gamers and Star Wars Battlefront fans can read our gameplay breakdown and look at some of the new high-res screenshots, but the main selling piece is the above trailer. This features fans’ first bona fide look at the game in action, running in stunning detail within DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine.
The bulk of the footage is focused on an intense Endor battle, wherein Rebel forces try to contend with advancing Empire vehicles. It’s obviously going to be difficult to get a sense of the combat considering we don’t see any true first person or third person perspective, but even so this is some visually impressive content, much different in tone and style than we are used to seeing from DICE’s Battlefield franchise. For all intents and purposes, this looks like Star Wars, and that’s a very good thing.
While the focus of the footage is on the Endor battle, it concludes with a few exciting teases. We see Darth Vader appear to confront the rebel soldiers – yes, he’s playable – a few new planets like Hoth and Sullust, one brief snippet of gameplay from an X-Wing cockpit, and the money shot of the Millennium Falcon zooming amongst enemy Tie-Fighters.
It was no doubt an exciting presentation for fans, but many questions still linger about Star Wars Battlefront. While we’ve now seen the game in action, this trailer features very little in the way of actual gameplay. Rather, the trailer is more like a carefully choreographed short film, only it was created using the Star Wars Battlefront engine. We’d like to see what the game will look like as we are running around, blaster in-hand.
Luckily, there’s plenty more time for that, and with E3 2015 right around the corner chances are there will be even more footage in our future. Perhaps there may even be a chance to play the game early.
What did you think of the Star Wars Battlefront trailer?
Star Wars Battlefront releases November 17, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.