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Star Wars Battlefront II, Two Years Later

by Ethan Anander


When it initially released on November 17, 2017 Star Wars Battlefront II was mired in controversy. Loot boxes, pay to win, and even the most down-voted comment in Reddit history initially plagued the game. However, after two years and a number of updates, Star Wars Battlefront II is a great video game, one that every Stars Wars or multiplayer fan should play.


When it launched, Battlefront II had a decent amount of iconic Star Wars content spread out through all eras of the story. Players could take control of Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, and Rey — just to name a few. The game also launched with six different modes. One large-scale mode called Galactic Assault, a dogfight mode called Starfighter Assault, Heroes vs Villains, and a couple of smaller modes. While this seemed like a step up from its predecessor, it still was lacking. 


When the game was released, it was met with a lot of flack. Not only were there key characters and locations missing from the saga, but the loot box scandal got out of control. Even now there are still naysayers and people who refuse to play the game because of all the drama surrounding it. The good news is that developer DICE has done a wonderful job supporting the game and making it one of the best Star Wars games ever. 


The initial updates were on a smaller scale. Removing the loot boxes and changing the way the end of round credits were paid out, were just some of the changes. Things really started ramping during what was called The Han Solo season, coinciding with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. New appearances were added that gave the resemblance of Alden Erienrich and Donald Glover for heroes Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectively.

During EA Play 2018 it was announced that for the next year or so, all the content drops would be centered around one thing; The Clone Wars. During the next few months, players were given the chance to fight on iconic Star Wars battlefields such as Geonosis and Felucia. DICE added in four new playable heroes. Fan favorites Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, the droid army General Grievous, and the villainous Count Douku could now be seen fighting across all Clone War locations. 


Alongside the heroes, the Clone Wars content added in new reinforcements for both the Separatists and the Clone Army.  Clone Commandos and ARC Troopers joined the Clones. While Commando Droids and the Droidekas came into play for the Separatists.


There was also a brand new large-scale mode called Capital Supremacy, that harkens back to the original Star Wars Battlefront II (2005). The mode lets players fight over control posts to try and turn the tide of the battle. If you are successful, you then board an enemy cruiser and try to take it down from the inside.


After all of the Clone Wars content, there was still more to come. The Star Wars Battlefront II Celebration Edition was released on December 5, 2019. This upgrade gave players all of the appearances, emotes and victory poses that had been added throughout the years. New appearances for Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren were added to line up with the release of Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker and a new map and new reinforcements were also added. Another update is being planned for the end of January 2020 which sees fan favorite BB-8 make his way to the battlefront as a playable hero.


Even with all of the hate and controversy that surrounded its launch, DICE has been able to pull off one of the best turnarounds in video game history. Are there still things that fans are clamoring for? Of course, but what game doesn’t have that. Every Star Wars fan should give Battlefront II a try. It nails the feel of a Star Wars movie, and is plain and simple a good video game. 


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