Star Wars: Battlefront 2 unleashes Ewok terror next week

The small, fuzzy face of fear

Ewoks are scary, okay? Those dead eyes, those chattering teeth; they look like a man bitten by a radioactive Teddy Ruxpin under a full moon. EA Dice clearly agree, as the next new playmode for their initially wonky (but now recovering) team shooter Star Wars: Battlefront 2 features a squad of terrified stormtroopers trying to hold out just a few precious seconds longer against an ever-growing tide of murderous teddy bears.

The upcoming new mode is called Night on Endor, and will be rolling out as a free update on April 18th. In a rather brilliant twist on the classic ‘zombie’ game mode, a large team of Imperial stormtroopers must hold out until they can be evacuated from Endor after that whole Death Star v2.0 thing went south. The other team starts out as a small guerrilla force of Ewoks, but for every stormtrooper felled, another endlessly respawning Ewok joins the fight.

Clearly, what we initially assumed were Endor’s natives are actually the result of some horrible strain of space-lycanthropy. Don’t let them bite you!

Along with the fun new gameplay gubbins comes the reinstatement of the in-game cash shop. No longer are loot crates or random character upgrades part of the economy, after the massive rework to the skill and progression systems recently, but you can spend real money on alternative costumes for your rebels, stormtroopers and assorted Star Wars heroes and villains. There’s also the option to buy these dress-up items with in-game credits earned through play, so those unwilling to pay anything over the box price (such as myself) still have a chance to dress up all fancy-like from time to time.

Accompanying the announcement of the update is the confirmation that, yes, Battlefront 2 is still strapped in for the long haul. A new season of updates is on the way, with more information due in early May. DICE are keen to reiterate that new seasons will be themed around notable Star Wars events, so it seems almost certain that we’re going to be seeing some tie-in content with the upcoming Han Solo movie. Some sort of heist-themed scenario aboard that giant rollercoaster-train-thing in the trailer could be fun.

You can read the full list of upcoming balance tweaks and costumes being introduced in the developer Q&A/patch-notes page here, and the Night on Endor update will be live next Wednesday, April 18th.

12 Comments

  1. tigerfort says:

    Consider this comment to represent me clicking “like” on the first paragraph and alt-text for the image. More people should recognise the terror inherent in killer teddy-bears.

  2. jonnychimpo says:

    This basically sounds like the battle of rorke’s drift in game form

  3. Eightball says:

    Whatever happens, we have got / The TIE Fighter, and they have not.

  4. Tallfeather says:

    So, Vermintide: The Fur Awakens then?

  5. Coming Second says:

    It’s a shame I would never purchase this game under any circumstances, because killing like a million ewoks with an automatic weapon does sound pretty fun.

  6. grimdanfango says:

    Man, the responses to this announcement on Twitter are pretty much unanimous in their impotent rage. Apparently “the community” demanded clone wars content, and are unhappy they were ignored.

    What are the chances that a single one of those people remember this next time they rush out to fling vast sums of preorder money at an exploitative publisher on the basis of hollow promises of future content?

    Do people really not see how shouting loudly “we won’t stand for this!!” while actively flinging wads of cash at someone at the exact same moment is a tad ineffectual as a way of getting what you want?

    See – it doesn’t bother me in the slightest what theme they choose for their DLC, as I’m never touching this game with a barge-pole. I’m less angry, *and* considerably better off :-P I could even enjoy the marvelous spectacle of other people playing against waves of ewoks in lets-plays, without any sour grapes spoiling the joy of it!

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      That’s just odd… I’ve seen some people grumbling that they’re not including enough clone trooper skins (apparently authentic unit patches are super important… I don’t get it) but surely there’s plenty more interesting things they could add before more prequel gubbins.

      Maybe I just don’t get Star Wars anymore. I adored The Last Jedi, after all.

      • sosolidshoe says:

        I mean, I wouldn’t say you’ve stopped getting Star Wars, some of the best EU content Star Wars ever had was explicitly deconstructionist of the “core trilogy” themes & tone. I would say you have bad taste in films though, since pretty much all aforementioned EU content covered the same ground a lot better and with much, much less smugness about how clever they were for doing it.

        • skeletortoise says:

          The problem with this perspective is it assumes a familiarity with the Star Wars EU that the vast majority of people who will watch most of the movies don’t have. It also assumes movies can be smug, but that’s a whole other thing.

  7. dr.mabuse71 says:

    Excellent base-game.

    No need for cruelty towards teddybears though.

    /Dr. Mabuse, angry gamer since the C-64

  8. Ham Solo says:

    Is this game still alive? Oh well, too little, too late…

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