It’s been a while now since we’ve had any news regarding EA DICE’s reboot of Star Wars Battlefront. Previously, it was the big E3 reveal, then there were leaked videos of gameplay from the live alpha test. Now, in a community blog post, questions from the community have been answered, and there’s hints at a new gameplay mode to be shown at Gamescom next week in Germany.
The blog post mentions that a new hero type will be revealed soon, most likely during Gamescom, alongside a new trailer, and that a new mode will be available to play during the event. What’s interesting is the hint that’s given about what it could be. “Headed to Gamescom? If so, you will be among the first gamers to go hands on with a new and unique game mode I know fans of Starfighters are going to be excited about.” Hmmmm……
Now, let’s get straight to the questions taken straight from the blog post, and see if these get you excited!
“Q.) When or where can I play Star Wars Battlefront?
A.) As some of you know, we recently hosted a small-scale technical Alpha that allowed some gamers a chance to go hands on with Star Wars Battlefront. As this was testing specific technical elements on the backend, invites were limited.
But, we do have a few opportunities for you to go hands on with the game just around the corner. For our fans down under, head on over to EB Games Expo in Sydney, AU. Live in SoCal? Get your tickets for the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. For our fans in Europe, check out Gamescom in Cologne, DE, where we will reveal an all-new multiplayer game mode with which you can go hands-on.
Q.) How many Heroes/Villains will Star Wars Battlefront offer?
A.) We have only revealed three Heroes/Villains at this time – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Boba Fett – but we do have more to talk about in the near future that will fill in the ranks of Heroes and Villains.
A.) During the Technical Alpha, we did provide rough ‘minimum specs’ required to play the game, but those are not final. As the game gets closer to being finalized, we will have had a chance to optimize for a much larger range of systems and will provide the final minimum specifications at that time.
Q.) Will we offer split-screen for online multiplayer modes?
A.) We will only offer split-screen for co-op Missions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Co-op and split-screen will be available for two players only.
Q.) In Walker Assault, we saw snowspeeders, TIE fighters, and X-wings. Are these air vehicles available in every Walker Assault mode regardless of the map?
A.) The vehicles available in Walker Assault will vary based on the map. As you all mentioned, in our E3 build there are snowspeeders, TIE fighters, and X-wings. In contrast, Walker Assault on Endor, seen in our debut trailer, will feature an absolutely massive AT-AT.
Q.) Can an Imperial soldier be crushed by an AT-AT in Walker Assault? What about a Rebel?
A.) Pro tip: it’s best to avoid running beneath AT-AT’s.
Q.) How many times will the Hero/Villain power up be available in a match?
A.) Our goal is to make sure we deliver a balanced, fun experience with the Hero/Villain power ups. Right now, we are currently working on how many times in a match a power up will spawn with that in mind.
Q.) Are Hero characters available in all multiplayer modes?
A.) We are making the Heroes and Villains a part of those maps and modes that are suited to their abilities and don’t overly dominate the battle.
Q.) Can I play Missions as both Rebel and Imperial forces?
A.) While Survival Missions will only allow players to fight for the Rebels, our Battles and Hero Battles Missions give players the opportunity to fight as either the Rebels or Imperials.
Q.) What are some of the species I can play as?
A.) We’re giving fans the opportunity to play as some of their favorite characters and species in Star Wars Battlefront. You will be able to unlock the ability to play as Twi’leks, Sullustans, Zabraks, Quarrens and more while fighting for the Rebels.”
[Source: EA Star Wars Blog]