Star Wars Battlefront II Reveals New Roadmap, Hero Star Cards
EA DICE continue to win back fans after months of silence regarding Star Wars Battlefront II. Today, they released a pair of Community Transmissions detailing the game’s future. By providing specific details and key dates, the company is providing real hope for the game’s once shaky future.
The first post detailed an update to Hero Star Cards, which provide stat and ability boosts. Only some heroes currently have the ability to regain health through buffs or kills, making them slightly OP. Later this month, EA DICE will give Health Star Cards to every hero who does not already have one. Boba Fett, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Kylo Ren, and Darth Maul will all have “Health on Defeat” Star Cards added to their arsenal. Any kill will instantly regain the hero at least 20 health. Chewbacca, Yoda, Finn, and Captain Phasma will gain “Defeat with Ability” Star Cards, meaning only certain kills will recover life.
Unfortunately, the comedy of errors that is Star Wars Battlefront II must go on. EA DICE did not design a way to add new Star Card slots. Therefore, they need to swap out older cards to add in new ones. Fortunately, some Star Cards are borderline unusable, so they found some easy fixes. Players who already own a replaced card will receive the new card at the same level. As far as EA DICE’s mistakes go, this one’s on the low end of the scale.
In the afternoon’s post, EA DICE finally delivered the updated Star Wars Battlefront II roadmap. The company released the basics of their plan months ago, but now they’ve provided some much-needed specifics.
We already knew that General Grievous was joining the Star Wars Battlefront II universe this month. What we didn’t know was that he would arrive with two skins: Jedi Hunter (default) and Battle-Damaged. The latter can be purchased via in-game currency. Perhaps even more exciting is that the banana yellow N1 Starfighter from The Phantom Menace will join the Hero Starfighters game mode. Currently, they are only usable in the Naboo Galactic Assault map.
In November, General Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives, also with a pair of skins. His Jedi Master look comes standard, while his Robed look will be available for purchase. A third General Grievous skin will also arrive, but no word yet on what that will be. The 212th Attack Battalion Clone skins will also become available for players, who should expect the promised changes by then.
Most exciting of all, Battlefront players will finally receive a new planet. Geonosis will finally arrive, and according to some leaks, one part will make players gasp with delight. I’m imagining a wide-open battle in the Attack of the Clones arena. The Community Transmissions notes that the Geonosians will be a part of the world’s non-interactive environment. With many people calling for a new Hunt Mode, could that be a subtle hint at other future plans?
After a month off, Count Dooku joins the game with, you guessed it, two skins. Obi-Wan will receive his General Kenobi skin, and the Coruscant Guard Clone appearance will be available as well.
Finally, in February, the Chosen One is born. Anakin Skywalker will bring balance to the Heroes vs. Villains matchups. The 501st Legion will accompany him to battle across the galaxies. And players will finally witness the promised large-scale game mode involving “capture points and capital ship takedowns.”
Rumors continue to run rampant about the future of Star Wars Battlefront II. Some say that EA DICE will abandon the game after Anakin’s release and start on Battlefront III. Others believe that Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, and Coruscant will follow the announced characters and skins. At this point, I have no idea what to think. I stopped wishing for new content long ago. Now, I simply sit back and enjoy what we are given. Today’s news, however, means my next few months should be filled with plenty more space skirmishes.
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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).