Star Wars Battlefront will allow players to become several legendary heroes and villains from the series. A new preview from DICE explains what players can expect when they become Luke Skywalker.

The Luke Skywalker in Battlefront isn't some wide-eyed farmboy. Instead, this is his Return of the Jedi incarnation: a Jedi Knight kicking ass in battle with his custom-made lightsaber. He's able to change the tide of any battle he joins.

Luke can use Force Push to knock over enemies from afar. Saber Rush, meanwhile, lets him close the gap with foes so he can slash them with his lightsaber. He can also perform a heavy attack with his lightsaber that lets him take out multiple targets at once. We saw his combat potential in the recent Hoth gameplay video:
Like many heavy weapons in Battlefield, Luke Skywalker is a pickup that you find somewhere in the map. Once you've grabbed the pickup and become Luke, you'll have a limited time to unleash your Jedi powers. Your health will decrease over time. Senior producer Jamie Keen said on the official Battlefront blog that a skilled player can extend that window of time, though:
Our goal was to give an average player around two minutes as a Hero or Villain,” says Keen. “But if you’re good enough, you might stretch that to around five minutes. In theory, you could play as Luke Skywalker for a whole match, but that is extremely unlikely. That said, the gauntlet is thrown!

Maybe I'm alone in this but I'm more interested in just being a front line trooper than Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. I guess it's because I'll be playing more as a Battlefield fan than as a Star Wars fan. My hope that they balance these heroes and villains well enough that they don't completely murder the rest of us.

DICE has only announced Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker for inclusion in the game thus far. I'm curious who else they'll let players become? Obi-Wan? Chewbacca?

The open beta for Star Wars Battlefront will be held before the game's official launch on November. The test will be held on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and include the Walker Assault and Drop Zone modes. Players can also tackle one of the Survival missions alone or with friends. Beta testers can also try out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion, a Battlelog-like interface that tracks their in-game progress and also gives them access to a competitive card game called Base Command.

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