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No classes or squads in Star Wars: Battlefront

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Star Wars: Battlefront is highly anticipated, but many were worried it would be a Star Wars skinned Battlefield. There’re a lot of differences though, and they go way deeper than pure cosmetic or lore characteristics.

GamesRadar cites info from the latest issue of OXM where design director Niklas Fegraeus explained some key differences. First up, rather than having gear tied to specific classes, players can choose whatever load out they like. New gear is unlocked using XP, but it’s the next part that’s particularly appealing.

Instead of five-man groupings, there’s a new partner system. This links two players together so they can see each other on their HUD as well as spawn to each other’s locations for quick movement and regrouping.

They’ll also be able to share whatever they’ve unlocked, so if you’re teamed with a higher level partner, or someone who’s bought a different loadout with their XP, then you can have access to a different set of toys.

This could definitely make for some interesting co-op. Players can cooperate with their upgrades, unlocking two strains of gear and then swapping and sharing with each other. Alternatively, a more experienced player can easily help out new companions by giving them access to higher level gear – plus those new players can enjoy the more advanced missions without being underpowered when helping their higher level friend.

This sounds like a nice change of pace for online shooters and could help players forge fun co-op pairings. I still need to hear a lot more about the game before I’m fully convinced, but thus far I’m well on my way towards being excited for what EA is doing with this installment in the franchise.

Last Updated: May 11, 2015

17 Comments

  1. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 11, 2015 at 15:39

    IT’S ALIVE!

    Reply

    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 11, 2015 at 15:40

      OMG! What is?

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 11, 2015 at 15:40

        ITSA ME, MARIO!

        Reply

  2. Hammersteyn

    May 11, 2015 at 15:50

  3. GTVDAD

    May 11, 2015 at 15:59

    Lets hope we will be able to play split screen

    Reply

  4. GTVDAD

    May 11, 2015 at 15:59

    Lets hope we will be able to play split screen

    Reply

  5. Sageville

    May 11, 2015 at 16:03

    I’m starting to get a Destiny vibe from Battlefront……

    Reply

  6. Sageville

    May 11, 2015 at 16:03

    I’m starting to get a Destiny vibe from Battlefront……

    Reply

    • Marcus

      May 11, 2015 at 16:07

      So that would be a gay vibe?

      Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      May 11, 2015 at 17:06

      ready for “the potential”?

      Reply

  7. HairyEwok

    May 11, 2015 at 16:41

    Whaaat no classes…… No way for a shooter that’s like…. Porn without any imagery XD. Should be interesting to see how this will work since i know for sure Battlefront 1 and 2 had classes.

    Reply

  8. Marc O Polo

    May 11, 2015 at 19:20

    As much as I hate EA… They had me at Star Wars… I can’t help myself I’m on this hype train

    Reply

  9. Admiral Chief

    May 12, 2015 at 07:57

    Nice, forcing people to leave their #ForeverSP ways behind 😛

    Reply

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