Star Wars Battlefront sequel is getting a proper campaign mode

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For somebody whose love for both Star Wars and gaming borders on the manic, I sure didn’t play too much of the latest incarnation of Star Wars Battlefront. Well, to be entirely accurate I played quite a bit of EA’s multiplayer shooter when it launched in 2015, but then my time with it tapered off sharply. And I have no idea why.

With its gorgeous graphics, impeccable sound design, powerful hero system and well designed (and incredibly accurate) maps recreating some iconic moments, it was one the closest ways to ever feel like you’re in a Star Wars movie. If there was one commonly cited hit against it though, it’s that while its multiplayer mechanics in recreating Star Wars battles were great, those very same mechanics could have been used just as well – or even better – in telling a proper Star Wars narrative. Alas, Battlefront shipped without a single player campaign. Something which EA will now be remedying in its sequel.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson released an official statement to shareholders yesterday, in which it was revealed that the “next Star Wars Battlefront will be even bigger, taking players into more locations, and allowing them to play with more heroes and characters across multiple Star Wars eras”. Battlefront basically restricted itself to the time period matching the original film trilogy, so I am really excited about the multiple eras, as it will instantly fuel my (probably futile) dream of another Old Republic-set game.

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Most importantly though, Wilson also revealed that Battlefront 2 will be “including an all-new single-player campaign”. The statement also goes on to say that they have “much, much more that we are excited to share with our players in the months ahead,” but who cares? Single player campaign!

This is of course the same steps that EA recently took with Titanfall 2, a game whose predecessor also boasted fantastic multiplayer elements but no traditional single player campaign mode. The completely brilliant campaign we ended up getting in Titanfall 2 made up for that glaring oversight in spades though, so I’m hoping the same goes for Battlefront 2.

No other details were given about this campaign, but seeing as how Battlefront featured some DLC tie-ins to both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw something aligning with the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Especially since it was confirmed that Battlefront 2 will be releasing in the “2017 Holiday season”, i.e. from around September to December, just in time for the release of The Last Jedi.

Last Updated: February 1, 2017

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  • PurplePariah

    INB4 the single player is that tacked on tripe made to appease fans of multiplayer-only games.

    Rock, meet hard place.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Will be nice to have a campaign. Previous game was horrible.

  • Hammersteyn

    “an official statement to shareholders” this is what is wrong with AAA games

    • konfab

      What is wrong with people wanting to make money from entertainment?

      Those shareholders are no different than the beardy hipster who decides to make a pixellated side-scroller so he can fuel his Starbucks addiction.

      • Hammersteyn

        I’m fine with people wanting to make money but EA is more in the business of exploiting people for money. Most people would agree that Battlefront was nothing but fan service, had a ridiculous preorder bonus and with less features than a burned out Ford Kuga when you compare it to Battlefront 2

        • konfab

          That still isn’t exploitation.
          No one forced people to buy Battlefront.

          • Hammersteyn

            True, they can still play Battlefront 2 from 2005 or wait 30 years for another company to make a proper Battlefront game when the rights with EA expire or they get bored with milking the Star Wars name

          • Lu

            I’m holding out for Galaxy in Turmoil. EA and Disney sank the Star Wars part, but Frontwire still wants to make a game true to the BattleFront series. So new IP, same awesome gameplay. Apprehensively looking forward to it.

  • Hammersteyn

    It’s awesome that they are adding a SP campaign, but I’m still hoping for a Galactic Conquest mode, like the one they had more than a friggin decade ago

    • Admiral Chief

      ^^^THIS^^^

    • Lu

      Hell yeah.

  • cookiemonster

    They can start with “Twilight Company”

  • Nikola

    Great there is a campaign just hope they will put some thought and effort into it worried it will be just there for the sake of it and they will just focus on the multiplayer!!

    Just give us a new KOTOR game now, nobody want this crap!

    • miaau

      I dread this: New Kotor game becomes Action game, Diablo style… NOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Nikola

        Oh God no:( They will probably do this all new rpg games are not full blown button button mashers…..

        • miaau

          Mass Effect, so far, has the formula down pat, for my money.

          Dragon Age too.

          • Nikola

            Yeah true Dragon Age 3 was a lot of fun I enjoyed it.

            Man I am soo excited for the new ME game pre-ordered it I just wish I had a 4K TV and a PS4 pro to play it on:((

          • Lu

            I want to pre order ME:A, but with my current screen I’d rather not do it the injustice.

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