With Star Wars Rogue One now mere weeks away from cinemas, Electronic Arts are gabbing more about how new Star Wars Battlefront [official site] DLC will cross over with the movie. The DLC, Rogue One: Scarif, will debut on December 6th with levels including a recreation of that tropical beach battle seen in the film’s trailer. It’ll also add new playable heroes in Jyn Erso, the film’s hero, and Orson Krennic, the Imperial fella in the white suit (a bold fashion statement, always) who she’ll butt heads with.
Before then, hey, all players can play the other expansions’ new maps and modes for free this weekend.
Here is what EA say about the new DLC:
“In Rogue One: Scarif you’ll battle across four new maps, including the sandy beaches of Scarif – an all-new tropical planet crawling with Imperials – which should look mighty familiar to anyone who saw the movie trailer. Know that incredible scene in the trailer where the AT-ACT is marching through the waves? That’s the one!
“Joining the battle are two new playable heroes: Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic, as well as a new multi-stage game mode with space and ground combat.”
Expect it to look like this but worse:
Will it be worth it? We recently looked at Battlefront again, a year after release, to see how it is after a few patches and expansions. The patches have done a fair bit to make Battlefront feel like “a far richer, more varied game”, Rick Lane said, but the quality of the DLC has been pretty mixed.
Because Ian Arts is a pigging jerk, the Rogue One DLC will arrive on December 6th for folks who’ve bought the DLC season pass but other players will need to wait a fortnight before they’ll be allowed to give EA money for it. How petty!
Oh, and yes, as part of the game’s anniversary celebrations, until Sunday all players can play the maps and modes from the Outer Rim, Bespin, and Death Star expansions for free. If you’re looking for a recommendation, Bespin was Rick’s favourite and Death Star his second. “Outer Rim, meanwhile, is best avoided like a snog from Jabba.”
Rogue One the movie will follow on December 16th. It does look pretty fun but I am worried it’ll be missing the heart of what made The Force Awakens fun: the carpet man and robots making silly noises.