Star Wars: Battlefront is a series of first- and third-person shooter video games based on the Star Wars films. Players take the role of soldiers in either of two opposing armies in different time periods of the Star Wars universe.
The series was launched in 2004 by LucasArts with Star Wars: Battlefront, developed by Pandemic Studios for LucasArts. The game received positive reviews and sold well. In 2005 Pandemic developed a sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, which was also critically and commercially successful. The games were followed by Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (2007) and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (2009) for handheld consoles and Star Wars Battlefront: Mobile Squadrons for mobile devices. LucasArts made several attempts to get a third major Battlefront game off the ground but no projects were released before The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of LucasArts. Subsequently, EA DICE acquired a license to develop a new game, titled Star Wars Battlefront which was released on November 17, 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront captures the essence of Star Wars beautifully, harnessing the most exciting and memorable pieces of the universe for a unique and spectacular combat sandbox.IGN
Games in the Battlefront series normally revolve around two armies – the Galactic Republic versus the Confederacy of Independent Systems or the Galactic Empire versus the Rebel Alliance – fighting each other on various maps. Maps take place in the Star Wars galaxy, with battlezones varying in theme and size. Across the battlefield are multiple "command posts" (objectives) that act as spawn points, and can be controlled by either the player or the computer. Units can spawn from any friendly command post, and vehicles regularly spawn at their respective command posts when destroyed. Units can capture neutral or hostile command posts by approaching them and standing within the immediate vicinity for about 30 seconds. The time to capture quickens with more friendly units within the capture zone. Some vehicles act as mobile command posts, and must be destroyed as they can not be captured. On some maps (such as Hoth or Endor), certain structures also act as command posts that can not be captured. Command post capturing works differently on certain campaign missions as well. Playable heroes and villains play a significant role in changing the course of battles.
The objective of most matches is to eliminate all of the opponents' reinforcement tickets or to capture the command points, to slowly chip away at their tickets. Reinforcement tickets are used whenever a unit is killed, or when one faction controls a majority of the command posts on the map (usually when the losing faction only has 2-3). Only one objective needs to be completed. When all command posts are captured, the team with no command posts has twenty seconds to recapture or neutralize an enemy command post. If the team cannot take over a post in this time, the match is over. Certain campaign levels and multiplayer have requirements that differ from the general game play, however the general structure remains the same.
Star Wars Battlefront features downloadable content (DLC). The first downloadable content, titled Battle of Jakku, was revealed during Star Wars Celebration 2015 and was made publicly available for download for free on December 8, 2015.A Season Pass was announced on October 12, 2015 and includes four DLC packs. An "Ultimate Edition" was announced which includes the Deluxe Edition version of the game and the Season Pass.Aside from the contents of the Season Pass, additional content will be released for free, which includes new maps and star cards.
Battlefront feels more like an homage to Star Wars than a substantial Star Wars game in itself.
Battle of Jakku is the first DLC for Star Wars Battlefront, which launched publicly on December 8, 2015. Players who pre-order the game received the Battle of Jakku DLC a week earlier, on December 1, 2015. It became free for all players on December 8, 2015, and features two maps set on planet Jakku, set 29 years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Outer Rim is the second downloadable content for the game, which is set to be released in March 2016. It adds maps set in Jabba the Hutt's palace in Tatooine and a factory area in Sullust. The game will be available for free to players who have purchased the game's Season Pass. Outer Rim is the first of the four DLC packs planned for Season Pass owners.Set for a Summer 2016 release date, the second expansion pack is titled Bespin and will allow players to fight in the setting of Cloud City, Bespin.The third expansion pack, titled Death Star, will be released Fall 2016 and will mark the debut of the Death Star in the game.
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We are thrilled to share with you the names of each digital expansion pack, as well as some details on what players can expect with each one and when they will be available.
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Outer Rim (March 2016) - Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bespin (Summer 2016) - It's hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Death Star (Fall 2016) – That’s no moon! One of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe makes its debut in Star Wars Battlefront.
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Expansion Pack 4 – Title TBA (Early 2017) – We will have more details to share about this exciting new expansion pack in the coming months.Source: EA, IGN, Gamespot and Wikipedia