Star Wars Battlefront 2’s new trailer teases December plans

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Even setting aside the loot box debacle for a moment, it’s easy to argue that Star Wars Battlefront 2 was incomplete at release given that the singleplayer campaign ending on a To Be Continued screen. That should change soon, as there’s a sizeable pile of content rolling out for the Star Wars shootyfest. The latest trailer details the first season of updates for the game and gives us a good peek at what to expect this December, as the singleplayer campaign continues and The Last Jedi tie-in content rolls out.

Anyone else notice that the First Order AT-AT walkers have been upgraded to look like they’ve got grumpy red-eyed faces? I know that the imperial remnant forces are trying to look as big and tough as possible, but that’s just silly. Plus, they look a bit like oversized knock-off Cylons. Still, I adore the look of the new planet they’ve been deployed en-masse to, Crait. It seems that every walker footstep, weapon impact or hover-vehicle’s wake cuts through a thin white crust on the surface, kicking up a plume of dense, dark red dust below. It’s a stunning bit of sci-fi spectacle, and should make for an interesting battlefield, even if there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of cover to dig into. The surface looks to be a rather vehicular-focused setpiece while footsoldiers duke it out in the crystal-lined caverns below.

December 13th will see the first bundle of Season 1 content arrive in the game, including playable heroes Finn and Phasma, Crait (a Galactic Assault map), a new Starfighter Assault map called D’Qar (along with a new hero A-Wing) and the continuation of the single-player campaign, resuming the story of Iden Versio as she continues to skirt around the periphery of the setting, playing witness to important events but having no lasting impact upon the larger series canon.

You can see the full calendar for December here, although the vast majority of notable events are happening on the 13th, with the rest of the month being dominated by weekly events, nudging players from one play-mode to another in search of time-limited rewards. It’s a logical enough way to run a multiplayer game intended to survive long-term, but feels a little bit half-hearted in the midst of the current issues reported with the game.

43 Comments

  1. Xzi says:

    The faster this game dies the better, so that somebody can start some modded servers without P2W MTX to finally make it worthwhile.

    Or everybody can just play Battlefront 2 Classic on Steam, since giving EA even $5 is contributing to the downfall of gaming.

    • stevex says:

      Well said

    • Turkey says:

      First one sold like 14 million copies. I kinda doubt this controversy is hurting them that much.

      • Zombiwan Kenobi says:

        It already did.

        link to fortune.com

        • Darth Gangrel says:

          Although, the real question is whether that’s bad enough to make them actually DO something about it.

          So far it’s just damage control, with the threat/promise of bringing microtransactions back at some point.

          This is the kind of situation where it’s hard to know what to wish for. Will lower sales mean a shift in direction towards something better for gamers or just more safe bets and mainstream trash?

          I didn’t want KoTOR to become TOR, an MMO (because MMO’s are where franchises go to die), but a failure might mean that Star Wars RPG’s are seen as unprofitable, rather than that the MMO-genre is what made TOR fail.

          • ZeroWaitState says:

            I doubt it. They’re basically married to the concept at this point. My opinion is that their stock value prices in the predicted future revenue from the intangible PTW garbage, and their stock tanked precisely BECAUSE they were forced by circumstances to remove it. The lesson they’re likely to draw will be tactical (how can we make the loot boxes more appealing) rather than fundamental. I don’t put faith in money being a motivator for positive behavior.

          • Baines says:

            Microtransactions aren’t just supplemental income for EA; they have become a driving force in the eyes of upper management.

            EA earlier announced that it was now making $800 million per year from Ultimate Team. In the previous fiscal year, EA reported making $1.682 billion with “recurrent consumer spending” (stuff like microtransactions and other services) from console and PC.

            Someone in another RPS thread linked to a video Skill Up made about EA’s history with microtransactions, which from a consumer point of view paints a pretty bleak future.

          • Vandelay says:

            Thanks for the video Baines. I have always just assumed that this kind of thing was were the majority of games that included made their money. It is good to see someone refuting this with actual numbers.

            Why do you say that it paints a bleak picture for the consumer in the future though? He is saying that the likes of Overwatch are making the vast majority of their money from sales of the actual game and that the massive backlash over Battlefront means others are unlikely to follow suit. EA has had successes with this form of monetisation in the past with FIFA and Mass Effect 3, but attempts this year have been disastrous for them. Finally, it shows that multiple governments are sweeping in and looking at what they are doing, likely to be classifying it as gambling. The video ends up saying that they will be required to get rid of the CEO and change direction or they will crash and burn.

          • ludde says:

            Fantastic video Baines, thanks for linking that.

      • Xzi says:

        Of course it didn’t hurt them much, all of their games are full of P2W MTX now. At least maybe Disney will consider another partner for future games if this one tanks.

        Also, EA managed to get the attention of lawmakers because of the loot box gambling controversy, so maybe something good will come of that and we can start playing complete games again.

    • Unclepauly says:

      Good luck on getting 99% of people to play the old ones. I’m rooting for ya.

  2. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    They named it “Crate”?

    • Janichsan says:

      It wasn’t EA who did that: Crait is that planet from The Last Jedi were that battle between the Resistance and the First Order takes place.

      It’s still surprisingly fitting.

      • Pheriannath says:

        Maybe they’ll set the final battle of episode IX on the planet Lutbaux?

  3. Ghostwise says:

    Oh, that stings.

  4. Jokerme says:

    BONUS CONTENT: You will all get paid microtransactions back for free!

  5. AdverseE says:

    The spice must flow….in the Empire?

  6. syllopsium says:

    Great picture! I loved G’Kar off Flash Gordon.

    • ColonelFlanders says:

      That’s clearly Dr Benjamin Janeway

      • Catterbatter says:

        Wait isn’t that Gul Rautha the Unforgettable? Or am I missing a joke or something?

        • Asurmen says:

          You’re missing several jokes, both these names and the use of the picture itself.

  7. vecordae says:

    If the First Order is to survive, they must loot Crait for the precious crystals and cards required to defeat the Resistance.

  8. Zombiwan Kenobi says:

    Am i the only one who was really excited to finally see something about Dune until i…well, Battlefront 2.

    • ZeroWaitState says:

      The problem is the Sardauker in the background all got the Standard Edition of the game, so their costumes all look stupid.

  9. Imperialist says:

    Not the only one. I too came here just for the Dune picture, regardless of the article. I am unashamed to love David Lynch’s Dune…

  10. Spacewalk says:

    I remember Ewoks being shorter.

  11. aircool says:

    Harkonnen Vehicle Destroyed.

  12. Raoul Duke says:

    My personal opinion is that RPS should just stop covering this dumpster fire of a game.

    • urughak says:

      I was thinking the same thing as I clicked the link, wondering why they feel like a mouthpiece for EA now. Think I liked the old RPS alot better.

  13. Nouser says:

    Those AT-AT walkers has clearly been robotized and became Cylons. They are just awaiting for the silly humans to kill each others to take control.

  14. Rindan says:

    Eh. Pass. I’m not going to play their stupid and fucked up game where I get stomped by someone a higher level than me in a competitive FPS because they have vastly better equipment.

    That’s just stupid.

    Thankfully, we live in an era of plenty. I’ll take a look at their next Star Wars game and consider it if it is any good. Otherwise, I have a massive backlog of game to play. It’s great we live in a time where you don’t have to settle for garbage.

  15. fuggles says:

    Time to Crait?

  16. dylan says:

    If we can’t trust Star Wars to show dignity and restraint in its marketing tie-ins, who can we trust…?

  17. hobsons_choice says:

    Why the photo from ‘Dwayne: the movie?’

  18. AbyssUK says:

    The random Syfy photos makes me crave a battlefront/battlefield style game but with different franchises against each other.. imagine Star Trek vs Dune or Star Wars vs Battlestar Galactica.. a but like super smash bros but with whole armies.

  19. wombat191 says:

    Now I want a new Dune game

    *EDIT*
    I have an idea for a Stellaris mod

    • dylan says:

      One of the Stellar devs said the earliest concept of the game was heavily inspired by Dune, with the player being dropped into a well-established political landscape, similar to CK2. They dropped the idea, but it exists as a cool “what if…”