Star Wars Battlefront 2 hatching Clone Wars content

The exciting Starnews out of EA’s E3 press conference was word of Respawn’s game, Jedi: Fallen Order, but it wasn’t the only Starnews. Proving that people in E3 press conferences will cheer at anything that moves, like some sort of motion-sensitive clapbots, EA today announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will start adding things based on the Clone Wars from the Star Wars prequels movies. I fell asleep during Attack Of The Clones yet several people in the E3 audience whooped today.

Future free Battlefront 2 content updates will add Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Grievous, and Count Dooku as Hero characters, a map visiting the planet where the Clones Wars really kicked off, and more spacestuff

The Clone Wars will arrive in BF2 across monthly updates starting this autumn.

Before that, more Starstuff. After Dice finishing putting on their shades to cover up their eyes with Solo, Han Solo, they plan to add more modes. As they explained in handy written blog post format:

“Coming in July is a new Starfighter mode focused on piloting Hero ships. We’re pleased with the positive response we had on this season’s Hero Showdown, and believe players will appreciate this similar, more focused, approach to Hero Starfighter battles.

“Here, players will spawn as one of the available Hero Starfighters on their respective sides. If taken out, you’ll re-enter the game as a normal fighter, bomber, or interceptor. To win the game, your team of four needs to take out all enemy Hero Starfighters.

“And later this year, we’ll introduce a non-linear, larger-scale mode where players battle for control of objectives around the map. We’re also bringing changes to how squads will work, including spawning on squad mates.”

I never expected them to cut and run, not even after that stinking loot box mess (now… less of a mess?), not with Star Wars, but it’s still good to see Dice lay out plans.

“To our passionate Battlefront community: we’ve heard you,” they said. “You asked for more Clone Wars content. You asked for new ways to play the game. You asked for more frequent and transparent communication from us.”

Some probably asked for more things too but hey, BF2 is never going to become something else.

Check out our E3 2018 tag for more announcements, trailers, news, and goodness knows what else.

64 Comments

  1. HotFightingHistory says:

    LOL!! Weyun and the Gem Hadar!! Damn you for making me think we were getting a DS9 or Voyager game……

    • napoleonic says:

      If you’re interested, Star Trek Online has just released a big DS9 expansion.

    • airmikee99 says:

      I was going to say something similar, except Star Trek Online just released their newest DS9 expansion so I was just going to ask why they put a Star Trek picture on a Star Wars story.

    • ColonelFlanders says:

      Fun Fact: Jeffrey Combs has had more roles in Trek than anyone else. He’s in DS9, and plays Brunt, Weyoun and Tiron, in Voyager plays the guy who runs the Tsunkatse ring that Seven is captured by, and finally in Enterprise plays Shran and Krem.

      I’m pretty sure he still holds the record for starring in the most different Star Trek spin offs too. Dude’s been around.

      • Vandelay says:

        That record would likely actually be held by Majel Barrett. Except for Discovery, she has appeared in every TV series, even the animated one, as well as many of the films. I’ve not done the calculations, but I’m almost certain that she will have appeared in more Star Trek episodes then any member of the main cast. Chuck in the video games and she is likely lightyears ahead of anyone.

        Her role was pretty much always as the computer, but she has also done Lwaxana Troi, Nurse Chapel and Number One. Also a whole bunch of characters in the Animated Series according to IMDB, so she will surpass Combs on different characters too.

    • MacTheGeek says:

      You know, it’s always kind of bothered me that Trek’s writers never followed up on the one Jem’ who had plastic surgery to look like a human teenage girl and then was sent back through time to the 20th century to destroy Earth through rock music or whatever.

  2. napoleonic says:

    Proving that people in E3 press conferences will cheer at anything that moves, like some sort of motion-sensitive clapbots, EA today announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will start adding things based on the Clone Wars from the Star Wars prequels movies.

    I suspect it’s even less interesting than you think, Alice: it sounds like the stuff they’re adding is from the “Clone Wars” animated TV series.

  3. HotFightingHistory says:

    Star Wars is so over. There will NEVER be a movie that comes anywhere close to the originals, no matter how badly people wish for it. Unfortunately it’s going to take another 3 or 4 terrible entries in the series before everyone finally admits it to themselves. Maybe a few more beloved characters reduced to milking space baboons.

    • brucethemoose says:

      Isn’t there a “gritty” SW TV series coming from the GOT writers?

      That doesn’t mean it’ll be good, but it does put very few limitations (big budget, not PG) on the monkeys with typewriters. It could end up being a hit more than the new movies ever will be.

      • Horg says:

        The PG tag isn’t what’s causing problems with the new Star Wars films. The pacing, scripting and character development issues from the Abrams main trilogy and the stand alone films would be present at any age rating. It’s poor writing and directing that can’t be papered over by a national GDP sized special effects budget. A TV series could honestly be the breath of fresh air the Star Wars license needs, with more time to develop the characters, and (crucially) tread some new ground.

      • Werthead says:

        No, they’re doing some new movies which will likely be terrible (given their track records with original material, they’re much better at adapting extant stories).

        Jon Favreau is doing the Star Wars TV series, which is set 7 years after Return of the Jedi. Apparently they’ve finished writing the first half of the first season and it’ll be in production later this year to air on Disney’s new streaming service in late 2019 or early 2020.

    • ColonelFlanders says:

      As a Star Wars fan, I couldn’t care less if they aren’t as magical or whatever nonsense intangible metric you can think of. As long as they are good movies and John Williams does the music, they are going to be fun sci fi flicks that young people and grown ups get to enjoy together.

      I can’t stand this gatekeeping that exists in sci fi fanbases. I love the fact that I’m alive in a time where I get to see my 10 year old nephew staring slack-jawed at the swashbuckling space action, and as long as the movies are good, then long may it continue.

      • SaintAn says:

        Sounds like you’re a fan of John Williams and action movies, not Star Wars. And yeah, the slak-jawed types are the Disney “Star Wars” target audience.

        • mike69 says:

          Yes, that kind of gatekeeping, great example.

        • Janichsan says:

          The “slack-jawed types” *always* we’re the target audience of Star Wars. And I say that as massive fan of the *original* original trilogy since I first saw ANH in the cinema when I was six.

        • ColonelFlanders says:

          Thanks, that’s exactly the kind of snarky r/iamverysmart attitude I needed to have my point proven! I wonder if you could flounder about, trying desperately to come up with an argument as to why the original trilogy is fundamentally better than the new movies? That would be really helpful

        • Stellar Duck says:

          I mean, have you even seen the originals?

          They’re just a silly space adventure, made for all ages. They’re banal, inoffensive and slick. They’re great, but god damn, they’re the pop music of movies.

          • khamul says:

            No – they’re fairy stories. Populist, sure. Nonsense, sure. But archetype nonsense. The honest, simple young man is guided by the crone (Yoda) and uses the magic sword to defeat the bad knight and win the princess’ heart. Of course, Star Wars plays with those themes a bit – but that’s what good fairy stories do. Everything else is just set dressing.

            Episodes 1 to 3 don’t fit the narrative of a fairy story. That’s why they fail. Episode 7 was a good fairy story. I withhold judgement on 8 until I’ve seen 9. Rogue 1 was a cracking WWII yarn in the vein of Where Eagles Dare. Haven’t seen Solo yet.

      • Stellar Duck says:

        I shall now engage in gatekeeping. Please don’t call Star Wars sci fi. It’s really not. And I say that as someone who likes Star Wars.

        • Werthead says:

          Depends on your definitions (there is a huge generational divide over whether “sci-fi” is a disparaging term that should be ignored or not). To some “SF” is proper, serious, hard science fiction (2001 etc), whilst “sci-fi” is fun, carefree, pulp and not really rooted in actual science at all, which is Star Wars down to a tee. Other people prefer “science fantasy” as a descriptor for lightweight pulp SF like Star Wars.

        • Bull0 says:

          It’s a lot more grounded than space opera usually is, but still falls more on that side of the line than sci-fi.

        • ColonelFlanders says:

          “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.”

          contemporary jazz is still jazz

      • HotFightingHistory says:

        if gatekeeping is wanting a movie that is as good or better than the originals, then yes by all means I am the gatekeeper from hell and none shall pass, ever.

      • HotFightingHistory says:

        Also “Magical or whatever intangible nonsense metric you cant think of”? Are you fucking serious? HOW ABOUT GOOD you retard, as in, actually enjoyed by the people watching it? If knowing whether or not you like a movie is intangible, then please, go have a few more people do your thinking for you.

        • ColonelFlanders says:

          I enjoyed the new Star Wars movies (haven’t seen Solo yet, I’ll wait for a DVD release), and so did millions of other people, but if it makes you feel better to call me a retard then go ahead. If you didn’t like the new Star Wars movies then fine, but being hostile and petulant doesn’t do anything for the discussion. What did you not like about the new movies?

    • SaintAn says:

      The TV shows are as good as the original trilogy. But they are done making them in the canon era, and now they’re making the next one in the fanfic era.

    • airmikee99 says:

      If Star Wars was over for everyone, Episode 7 wouldn’t be the third highest grossing film at the box office ever. You’re welcome to not like Star Wars, but you don’t get to pretend like your opinion is anything close to a fact.

      • SaintAn says:

        How’d Solo do?

        • airmikee99 says:

          It’s #479 on the list, and the only Star Wars movie release that followed huge blockbusters like Black Panther and Infinity Wars. Star Wars movies released after the first trilogy include #11, #25, #30, and #64 before arriving at A New Hope at #81.

          Do you not know how to Google?

      • Horg says:

        Don’t be conflating ticket sales with critical reception. As an example of why that doesn’t work, I went and saw the first Hobbit film at the cinema, based off the strength of the LotR trilogy, and was quite disappointed. Despite that, my ticket sale is still there to enhance the opening fortnight take, which some people might consider an endorsement. It isn’t. I did not see the following two films as a result. Considering the downward trend of all the Star Wars films since TFA, it’s not outside the realms of possibility that something similar is happening here.

        • mike69 says:

          ‘Critical reception’ of a bombastic space opera that wasn’t all that great to begin with.

          I sometimes wonder what people like you think the Star Wars franchise is, or was.

          • Vandelay says:

            It isn’t even true. Critically, the newer main Star Wars films are doing really well. Both Solo and Rogue One were a bit mixed, particularly Solo, but both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are very well regarded.

            Not always the most reliable source, but using their metacritic score, only the original film has a higher score than Last Jedi. Return of the Jedi has significantly lower score than even the standalone films.

            Obviously, those that have some weird axe to grind will blame this on some kind of conspiracy. The more likely reason though is that there are actually people that like these films.

          • ludde says:

            Reviewing of 40 year old cinema is not very comparable with how new releases get reviewed. Although the whole argument is rather silly when episode 7 was pretty much a copy of the old movies anyways.

        • airmikee99 says:

          I’ll stop confusing ticket sales with what other people have to say about something as soon as you stop confusing your opinion with facts.

          I don’t care if you didn’t like The Hobbit or Star Wars movies after TFA. Individual opinions are worthless when looking at broader trends. The public loves Star Wars movies (and Hobbit movies), always has, and probably always will. You have nothing other than an opinion to counter that fact.

          • ludde says:

            Sounds like you’re using opinion as fact yourself. You can say that ticket sales were high, but how do you equate that to “loved”? Adjusted for inflation, episode 1 is the next-most successful Star Wars movie. Yet, we’re not seeing Jar Jar everywhere.

            Also, looking at user scores on IMDb, the new movies are ranking below the original trilogy, with episode 8 dipping quite severely.

    • Ejia says:

      Except Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie.

      • khamul says:

        No it isn’t.

        It’s the best World War 2 movie. It just accidentally gave the Stormtroopers blasters and put them on a beach.

    • woodsey says:

      I’m inclined to agree.

      Five films in under the new management and we’re already sucking on empty morsels like “how Han Solo got his name,” (someone made it up; it’s called screenwriting) and bringing back characters that should be very dead (their equally stupid presence in a spin-off children’s TV show being no excuse) – not to mention distastefully voodoing long-dead actors for fan-service.

      Who knows, maybe Disney will collapse in the far-flung future (assuming they haven’t enslaved us all) and someone else will get a shot.

    • Turkey says:

      Star Wars will never be over as long as there’s still one person left to moan about it. Even if a nuclear apocalypse happened, there’d still be some wasteland raider running around somewhere explaining where Lucas went wrong with the prequels.

  4. Phantom_Renegade says:

    So they’re now adding content that was in the original Battlefront 2… over a decade ago. And we’re supposed to cheer?

    • airmikee99 says:

      The Clone Wars campaign in the first Battlefront ended at the Battle of Kashyyyk because Episode 3 had not been released yet. So there’s quite a bit they can add from that story arc that wasn’t in the first game, isn’t there?

      • Phantom_Renegade says:

        That’s not the point. The point is that a game from 2005, with which it shares a name, has more content and is superior in every way but graphics and sound. And now they’re playing catch-up… with a 13 year old game, and they want praise for it.

  5. aircool says:

    Great, even more confusion. The few times I’ve banged my head against Battlefront II multiplayer I’ve got confused with all the factions…

    There’s good Stormtroopers and bad Stormtroopers, a bunch of Officers that look the same for either side and then those stupid robots.

    The whole game is a giant arse of a mess.

    • airmikee99 says:

      You can’t keep track of six factions?

      And you’re willing to admit that in public? How brave of you.

      • aircool says:

        Allow me to add a little amplification. I can never remember whether I should be shooting at Stormtroopers or not.

        • Coming Second says:

          Are you a stormtrooper? Then you shouldn’t be shooting at stormtroopers.

          Are you not a stormtrooper? Then you should be shooting at stormtroopers.

    • brucethemoose says:

      Don’t ever play KOTOR I/II then. There are all sorts of factions in many different shades of grey.

      That’s one of my favorite things about those games, actually. Lots of factions with their own motivations running around creating chaos, as opposed to light v dark.

  6. SaintAn says:

    The people that cheered in the audience probably thought they were talking about Clone Wars TV show content for the game and not Attack of the Clones movie content, which this is. Clone Wars TV show is very very good and makes the whole prequel trilogy worth it. Damn shame since there are some awesome characters in Clone Wars.

    If you ever want to watch it you need an episode guide because the episodes are severely out of order on Netflix.

    Official Star Wars site viewing order: link to starwars.com

    A Reddit user turned that viewing order into links to Netflix to make things much easier: link to reddit.com

  7. syllopsium says:

    Great game shot, I really miss Lexx.

  8. kwyjibo says:

    The EA audience.

    Clone Wars – Massive cheers
    Grievous – Cheers
    Kenobi – Cheers
    Christopher fucking Lee back from the dead – Silence
    Emo Vader – Cheers

  9. Ham Solo says:

    There are really people who didn’t refund this travesty?
    Lol.

    • airmikee99 says:

      Yeah, how weird that people like something that you don’t. It’s almost like those magic beans that homeless guy sold you that were supposed to make you a superpowerful being that could dictate what other people enjoy didn’t actually work, right?

  10. Jimbo Jones says:

    “some sort of motion-sensitive clapbots.” That’s gold Jerry! Gold!

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