10 years ago, the Star Wars brand was one of the most prevalent names in the video game industry. It seemed like every other title was connected to the franchise somehow, and to its credit these games were usually pretty high quality. Whether it featured podracing through the canyons of Tatooine or dueling Darth Vader in the cloud city of Bespin, the variety was matched only by the sheer entertainment factor.
As Disney acquired the rights to the IP however, the flood of games became a trickle. Aside from a couple of Lego titles and occasional updates for the Star Wars MMO, there’s been little interactive content released in the past few years.
So when Electronic Arts posted an announcement related to the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront 2, the gaming community collectively caught its breath.
Okay so maybe we’re exaggerating, but it’s exciting news regardless.
According to the blog post, gameplay for Battlefront 2 will be streamed live from E3 on June 10 at 3:30 PM EST. The stream will feature a battle in the city of Theed on Naboo between the Republic Clonetroopers and the Droid forces of the Separatists.
“Sleek N-1 Starfighters and Vulture Droids scream overhead spewing light and fire. Nimble AT-RT Walkers race around corners, pursued by roaring AATs. Agile Clone Jumptroopers hop from rooftop to rooftop, while rampaging B2 Super Battle Droids level everything in their path. Armies of Clones and Droids sprint across cover, their blazing weapons shattering the tranquility of the once-peaceful capital of Naboo. And at the center of the swirling melee the lightsabers and Darth Maul and Rey cut swaths through the ranks of the battling troopers.”
That’s right, the battle will be joined by the two most iconic names in the Star Wars prequels, the villainous Darth Maul and the heroic… Rey? Apparently in an effort to appeal to newer generations, the developers at DICE Interactive have mashed together characters from different timelines while showing off their newest title.
It’s little to complain about when we consider that we’re finally getting the Clone Wars in a modern Battlefront installment. The variety of settings in the original series was one of its greatest strengths and thus, one of the most-often heard criticisms when the 2015 title was announced.