Star Wars Battlefront II Teases 2019 Content
EA DICE released information concerning the December update for Star Wars Battlefront II today. They refused to stop there, however, and also included details on their plans for 2019. While sparse, the information proves the developer remains committed to the game’s future.
The post opens in fitting fashion: with an exclusive shot of Obi-Wan’s new General Kenobi skin. This Clone Wars-inspired appearance releases December 12 alongside the game’s update. The look costs 40,000 credits or 1,000 crystals, which is a bargain compared to General Grievous’ Shattered skin (80,000 or 2,000). It’s easily one of the best looks in the game.
Obi-Wan is receiving more than aesthetic upgrades tomorrow. EA DICE took community feedback into account and made appropriate improvements to his fighting style. “We’ve focused a lot on his animations and have made improvements to his dodges, stagger and defeated animations,” the post reads. “We’ve also tweaked various other animations such as his jump and attack, and his ground attack. Further adjustments have been made, including improvements to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s model and character rigging. Many of these changes won’t be visible on first glance, but they all go together to improve the overall quality and feel of General Kenobi.”
Tomorrow’s update includes a number of minor adjustments to heroes and the art of Geonosis as well. That includes a new UI bar for Hero stamina, which should make combat more strategic. However, fans should be more excited about the teases for future changes to Star Wars Battlefront II. Rumors have been flying about potential in-game heroes, but it looks like we may have to wait some time for confirmation.
The first major change announced surrounds lightsaber combat, and it’s a massive one. Previously, attacking lightsaber wielders would stagger back against defensive ones. That doesn’t exactly resemble the elegance and fluidity of the Jedi and Sith. Early next year, EA DICE will remove that feature. They say that the new system “has helped increase the flow of combat, making it a lot more fluid, tactical and most importantly, enjoyable.” Anything is better than watching Darth Maul stumble backwards like a drunk after an acrobatic swing, but this sounds like a huge upgrade.
In January, EA DICE will roll out the changes to their recent wave of Clone Trooper skins. The fans demanded faithful representations of The Clone Wars legions, and soon they shall receive their demands. Sometime later in 2019, players will be able to acquire a new armored appearance for the Officer class. That means another of the most highly requested pieces of content joining the battlefront. It appears that EA DICE learned their lesson and have decided to honestly listen to their players.
Lastly, the game will also include a new emote wheel, which will allow more wonderful Star Wars quotes. This will include a secondary wheel with in-game commands, thus improving the multiplayer experience. I’m not sure many players requested this feature, but it’s a welcome one that adds extra flavor to the gameplay.
For quite some time, I believed that EA DICE would abandon Star Wars Battlefront II and move on to a sequel. Over the past few months, they’ve instead swooped in to save the game and turn it into a phenomenal game. With new content and gameplay improvements on the way, 2019 should make players forget all about the title’s auspicious start. Now I just need some new Starfighter Assault levels and I’ll be fully satisfied.
Star Wars Battlefront II is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can read the full Community Transmission right here.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).