Ahead of the official trailer reveal during GamesCom this weekend, a new starfighter trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 went up early, leaking online. In an attempt to get out ahead of the leak, Electronic Arts officially released the trailer on its own channel.
The Starfigher Assault mode starts intense, as we see a fleet of Rebel starfighters going in on a Star Destroyer. We find out that the squadron is being led by none other than Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The interchange of action moves over the moon of Endor, where a small squad of X-Wings move in to take out an Imperial station, led by none other than Luke Skywalker and his co-pilot R2D2.
We don't get to see Luke in action for long. The clips move on over to Darth Vader in his special Tie Fighter, as he directs his Imperial squad to take out the Rebel scum.
A collection of clips ensue and then we get to see Han Solo's Millennium Falcon in action, canvassing the space above a Star Destroyer while taking out Tie Fighters in the process. There's also a very quick clip of Boba Fett's Slave-I starfighter making the rounds, but there's no telling exactly which side he's on (though it's a pretty fair bet he's going to be on the Empire's side).
We then get some clips showing one of the most requested features for Star Wars: Battlefront 2: The Clone Wars.
We see space battles taking place above Trade Federation outposts, where Republic fighters take on the Separatists. Amid the chaos we see Darth Maul's special ship de-cloak as he flies in over the cloning station on Kamino. It's pretty cool because Yoda pops in on his own special starfighter, revealing that most of the characters from the ground battles will make an appearance in the space battles.
A lot of people were also excited about the possibility to finally play Anakin and Ashoka from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television show, tag-teaming during the space battles.
This is basically the equivalent of the Assault Mode from Pandemic's Star Wars: Battlefront 2, where you played heroes and villains against each other, except it's designed to take place in space or in aerial vehicles here.
A lot of gamers had been asking for ground-to-space battles like what Free Radical teased in its iteration of Star Wars: Battlefront 3, but gamers will just have to settle for the visually cinematic rendition of separate ground and space battles that DICE will offer in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront 2.