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One of the biggest stories of 2017 related to Star Wars video games (apart from the loot box fiasco that now has legislators looking into regulating premium loot boxes in commercial AAA games) and the unforeseen revival of Pandemic's 2005 outing of Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Well, the game has received yet another update.
Getting kicked out of lobbies and having to re-enter should be a thing of the past now that the lobby bug has been fixed and functionality has been improved. Additionally, Steam names should now appear correctly while in-game and playing against other players. Ping calculations were also improved to better reflect accurate numbers so you have an idea if you're lagging or if your opponents are lagging.
While Eurogamer was baffled at who at Disney could be running around the offices, issuing patches and fixes for the 13-year-old Star Wars: Battlefront II, the reality is that it was GOG.com all along.
As pointed out by Video Gamssite, GOG.com has been working on the patch since the initial announcement, and has been providing feedback on the progress of the patch via the GOG.com forums, where the team was monitoring and working on the network code to accommodate the massive traffic generated from the initial announcement.
Since then, GOG.com has been allowed access to Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which was originally made by the now defunct Pandemic.
The latest update made some changes to the dx_xplay_beta, and was packaged into a 269MB patch, according to the Steam database entry.
A lot of gamers have been happy that the old Pandemic version of the game had its multiplayer restored, given that it originally shut down when Gamespy went kaput some four years ago.
The timing of this update and GOG.com reviving the old servers for the 13-year-old game came at the most opportune time, because EA had really messed up with DICE's outing of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 by having premium loot boxes added to the game where players could spend real money to acquire loot boxes and upgrade their characters.
Well, everyone who was disappointed with the new release to coincide with the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi can still hop back into the 2005 release, especially now that the latest update has addressed some of the more pressing problems, such as the lobby issues that prevented people from properly forming groups, or the constant instability that caused match disconnections. The 2005 outing of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has a healthy playerbase at the moment, much more-so than highly promoted games like Lawbreakers, so feel free to check it out if you're in the mood for some massive online TPS action.