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With Star Wars Battlefront II not set to launch until late fall, fans of the series have quite a while to wait before they can finally get their hands on the game. Thankfully, the developers yesterday offered up all sorts of extra information for folks to ponder over the next seven months.
CinemaBlend had boots on the ground during the recent Star Wars Celebration event, offering attendees their first look at both the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, as well as the upcoming video game, Battlefront II. During the Battlefront panel, team members fielded questions and offered insight into the development of the game. Those in attendance included Paula Joyaux, Bernd Diemer, Mark Thompson and Matt Webster.
One of the coolest pieces of information to come out of the panel was the fact that Battlefront II's campaign mode will be canon. It picks up at the end of Episode VI and will help fill the gap between that film and The Force Awakens. That's a 30-year jump in time, so we're curious if this single game will somehow span that entire era or if other games, books and maybe even shows and movies will continue to add additional details.
Anyway, you'll be taking on the role of Iden Versio, leader of the Empire's Inferno Squad. As I stated yesterday, this is probably the coolest piece of information we've received about the game so far. We don't want to say "you're playing the bad guy," because she's definitely on the right side in her own mind. We love the idea of giving a more believable, human face to the Empire proving that they genuinely believe they are fighting for what is right. That narrative will be further bolstered by a Christie Golden novel arriving on July 25 called Battlefront II: Inferno Squad.
It sounds like a new planet, Vardos, will serve as your hub in the campaign, allowing you to interact with members of the city before heading out on missions.
As revealed in the trailer, players will get to enjoy battles from all eras of the Star Wars universe in the multiplayer portion of the game, which means pretty much every major hero and villain imaginable will be up for grabs. You'll be able to upgrade them, too, so your Yoda might play a bit differently than (insert your friend's name here)'s Yoda.
While space battles eventually made their way into the first Battlefront, they'll be a big part of the picture right out of the gate this time around, according to the developers. Also, and possibly the most exciting news for some players, you'll be able to customize your very own droid to follow you around and help out when the going gets tough.
Finally, there's the release date. Look for Battlefront II to launch on November 17, giving you about a month to enjoy the game before it's time to head to the theater and watch The Last Jedi.