Starting today, November 13, Star Wars Battlefront fans can go hands-on with DICE’s and Electronic Arts’ sci-fi shooter four days ahead of its release at Walmart.
Today, Walmart announced that this weekend, over 3000 of its stores in the United States will be holding myriad Star Wars Battlefront celebrations in anticipation of the game’s launch next Tuesday, and will allow fans to play the final version of the action title. The retailer’s chains are expected to have tons of Star Wars Battlefront-themed decorations and displays peppered throughout each outlet, including adornments featuring the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, as well as the the action game’s playable Milennium Falcon.
Star Wars Battlefront is not the only merchandise to be promoted, as the Walmart-exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars PlayStation 4 bundle will have advertisements galore as well. The mega-emporium has also been clear that it will also be selling exclusive Star Wars figures for the Disney Infinity playset, in addition to the Darth Vader-styled PS4 controller.
Should gamers wish experience Star Wars Battlefront from the comfort of their own home before its release, they can skip the upcoming events at Walmart, and play it now on EA Access. If anything, the only real action that the fans will miss out on is the camaraderie with their fellow Star Wars geeks in person.
All of this hoopla is definitely to be expected, not only because of the impending release of Star Wars Battlefront, but also because Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens—the first Star Wars film in a decade—is set to hit theaters a little over a month from now on December 18. And with such massive amounts of hype centered around the science fiction universe, it’s quite possible that Star Wars Battlefront could outgross all of its competitors in the long run. After all, the player count for the title’s beta reached well over 9 million users, which should translate to some respectable sales.
However, DICE’s and Electronic Arts’ reboot of the franchise hasn’t been without its criticisms. Countless fans have lambasted the game, arguing that it’s nothing more than a rehash of the developer’s and publisher’s Battlefield series. Of course, the studios have continually denied the accusations, assuring gamers everywhere numerous times that Star Wars Battlefront is not a Battlefield clone.
At any rate, allowing the general public to test out Star Wars Battlefront at Walmart before its launch is a good sign for fans of the series, as it shows that DICE and EA have confidence in the final product. Having said that, hopefully we’ll all find that the Force is strong with this one.
Star Wars Battlefront is set for release this Tuesday, on November 17, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7