Star Wars fans seem awfully excitable lately, and it’s not just about Star Wars Battlefront [official site]. Surprisingly, for a fanbase usually so discerning and wary of merchandising, they’re worked up about a new Hollywood movie adaptation of EA’s video game. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the silver screen later this month, and fans are going wild even though the only connection is the movie’s inspired by a level that wasn’t even in Battlefront at launch.
That inspiring level, The Battle of Jakku, has sorta arrived, with EA unpleasantly holding it back from people who didn’t pre-order Battlefront. Oh, and a new patch is here.
The Battle of Jakku introduces the new forty-player mode Turning Point, EA explain, which sees the rebels trying to capture control points and, ultimately, a wee base the Empire have built. Apparently the new movie assumes a rebel victory on the map and is set thirty years after that. That sounds like a pretty tenuous connection to me but hey, that’s Hollywood for you: no respect for video games.
If you pre-ordered Battlefront, you can play Jakku now but it won’t install automatically. You’ll need to pop into the game’s expansions bit in your Origin library and install it manually. Everyone else must wait a week for EA to let we hoi polloi onto Jakku.
Also out today is Patch 1.03 for Battlefront, which has some encouraging but vague patch notes.
I’ve slapped in a trailer for Jakku below, or EA played a bit on a livestream yesterday, or presumably all sorts of folks have now downloaded it and are streaming away.