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EA announces Rogue One expansion for Star Wars: Battlefront and delivers first look at September’s Death Star content
“That’s no moon… It’s a space station.”
Today at the Star Wars Celebration, Electronic Arts and DICE unveiled the first teaser trailer for Death Star, this September’s upcoming expansion for Star Wars: Battlefront.
In the Death Star expansion, players will be able to pilot their X-Wing through the famous Trench Run in a new map, as well as take part in a raid inside the massive space station. Like the previous expansions, DICE will also add new new vehicles, blasters, and Star Cards to the game, as well as two new Heroes: bounty hunter Bossk and Han Solo’s lifemate, Chewbacca.
Finally, the publisher and developer looked into the future to deliver a a sneak peek at the game’s fourth (and final) expansion, which will be based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Known as Rogue One: Scarif, the expansion will be available “this Holiday season” and give players the chance to play as Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).
EA and DICE plan to reveal more about both expansions soon.
EA and DICE are making good on their promise to bring an offline mode to Star Wars: Battlefront. Beginning next week, Star Wars: Battlefront owners will be able to head into battle against offline bots in a special Skirmish Mode, which will also be splitscreen-compatible for two players on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Skirmish Mode will be available to download on July 20, and here’s what Lead Designer Dennis Brannvall had to say about it on the Battlefront Blog:
The new mode will be available starting July 20 and offers players the option to play offline against bots in a solo mission or with a friend using co-op split screen (Console only). Skirmish can be played on a difficulty level of your choosing and across two modes, Walker Assault and Fighter Squadron. With multiple locations that span the galaxy, from the frozen planet of Hoth to the lava encrusted planet of Sullust, we hope Skirmish brings players a new way to enjoy Star Wars: Battlefront.
The developer also confirmed that Battlefront’s next expansion, Death Star, will be available in September.
Sony’s next big thing, the PlayStation VR, made a splash during their 2016 E3 Press Conference. Firstly, the consolemaker announced that the virtual reality headset will be released on October 13, 2016 at a price point of $399. Sony also showed off several trailers for upcoming VR projects, including a few surprises.
So be sure to take a look at trailers for Batman: Arkam VR, the first person shooter Farpoint, Here They Lie, and Star Wars: Battlefront – X-Wing VR Mission after the break. (more…)
Strike up the “Star Wars Main Theme,” EA and DICE have announced that Star Wars: Battlefront‘s Bespin expansion will be available to download (for Season Pass owners) on June 21. All other Star Wars: Battlefront owners will be able to access the DLC two weeks later, on July 5.
Along with a release date, EA and DICE also revealed a bit more about the expansion’s new heroes, weapons, and vehicles on the game’s official website:
Join legendary smuggler Lando Calrissian and cold-blooded bounty hunter Dengar in the Cloud City of Bespin. Take to the skies in the new Cloud Car vehicle and journey through Cloud City and the Administrator’s Palace. The Bespin digital expansion will feature two new blasters to add to your arsenal. No matter your preference of short or long range combat, there will be something new to try out in Cloud City. Hunt enemies within the Bioniip Laboratories or carbon-freezing chambers with the new X-8 Night Sniper and EE-4 blasters.
Lando and Dengar both feature new traits that will give them unique gameplay abilities. Dengar is a villain that thrives on being in a fight. He wields the DLT-19, which makes him the first Hero with a heavy blaster so far. Lando is very skilled with a blaster too, but his greatest talent comes from knowing the odds and using tricks against his enemies.
EA and DICE will release more Star Wars: Battlefront content over the next year including two additional expansions. The Death Star expansion will arrive this Fall, and an untitled expansion will follow in Early 2017.
While Star Wars: Battlefront has been massively successful for Electronic Arts, many players were disappointed it continues to require an Internet connection to play as an “online only” game. Thankfully, it looks like EA plans to remedy that mistake in an upcoming Spring update.
According to the official Battlefront Blog, developer DICE will release a free update in “the next few months” that’ll add new in-game events, new Hutt Contracts, special May the 4th (AKA “Star Wars Day”) activities, and some kind of offline content to the game:
- New In-Game Events – More double score weekends, community missions and Special Login Events are coming for players to earn more experience, credits and items.
- New Hutt Contracts – Unlock powerful Star Cards like the Berserker Trait, Bacta Bomb, and Ion Neutralizer.
- More New Content – We also have a couple of surprises in store that we know our fans have been looking for, especially those who have been clamoring for ways to have more options to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront offline. More to come soon.
- Specific for May the 4th – In celebration of Star Wars Day we have cool activities planned that we’ll announce soon.
In other Battlefront news, the Bespin expansion will be released this June, and include four new maps set in and around Cloud City. The expansion will also include new Blasters and Star Cards, along with two new Heroes… Lando Calrissian and the bounty hunter Dengar. While the lack of Lobot is a blow to Star Wars fans everywhere, Dengar’s ability to look extra schlubby while standing next to Darth Vader in Empire Strikes Back has made him a beloved part of the franchise’s lore.
Actually, no, that’s not true, not even a little bit.
The NPD Group recently delivered their monthly report on the state of retail video game sales, and the market research firm once again crowned Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the best-selling game of the month. The military shooter’s January 2016 victory is its third straight, but the industry as a whole is in a bit of a slump due to last month’s lack of new releases.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, retail sales for new games totaled $212.7 million last month, down from $235.6 million in 2015. The NPD Group speculated that the lack of a highly-anticipated new title like Techland’s Dying Light might be the cause for the dip, which makes sense when you realize that only one new release, Lego Avengers, was able to crack the top ten. Across the entire industry, US consumers spent $605.2 million on games, consoles, and accessories in January 2016, which was slightly down from January 2015’s total of $627.6 million.
Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Minecraft, and a few others continue to tally impressive sales. And you can find them all in the full top ten list of January 2016’s best-selling games, which is available after the break. (more…)