A new cinematic trailer for the next announced Star Wars video game, Battlefront II, was briefly advertised on an official EA Twitter account before being deleted. As of press time, mirrors of the video still haven’t been taken down. Normally, an all-sizzle, no-gameplay trailer doesn’t constitute a reason to break into your regularly scheduled news feed, but the trailer does hint at new things for the multiplayer-focused series, including an expansion to “all eras” and a possible new-character campaign.
The trailer opens by focusing on an unidentified woman, and she shows up at the same time as the climactic moment of Return of the Jedi. We see the woman among a group of apparent Imperial guards—clad in mostly black, helmeted armor with red accents—who look up and see the in-construction Death Star explode. This unnamed woman is the only one without a helmet on, and she looks up at the explosion with astonishment, not anguish. Moments later, a TIE Fighter flies through the busted Death Star’s debris, and then we see the same kind of black-and-red helmet in a TIE Fighter cockpit engaging hyperdrive. Since this was combined with teaser text about “a new soldier’s story,” it’s not crazy to expect a structured campaign as a result, in which players use the new character to complete missions within the game’s multiplayer battlegrounds.
The rest of the rapid-fire, 30-second video, which crawl text swears was rendered by the Frostbite engine running on PlayStation 4, jumps from crazy moment to crazy moment. Multiple outer-space conflicts take place, suggesting multiplayer modes that look more like the Rogue Squadron series than the mostly ground combat of 2015′s next-gen Battlefront reboot. (These also include a fair number of prequel-era craft.) Rey runs through one sequence with her staff in hand, while Yoda and Darth Maul stare each other down in another with their respective signature lightsabers drawn. My favorite moment was also the video’s blurriest, in which one soldier just rides a tauntaun directly over a stormtrooper. (Who wouldn’t want to do that over and over online?)
The ad includes a sales pitch for pre-ordering the game: unnamed “heroes” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi to use in Battlefront 2.
The video might have leaked ahead of a more formal unveil during the usual May 4 Star Wars fan events, but a lack of takedown notices as of press time suggests that the EA and Disney powers that be are just gonna let fans enjoy this one. No official release date was included in the trailer, so we’re still expecting something in a “Winter 2017″ release window. And EA can’t feel too bad about its Twitter snafu, considering it still has multiple games set in the Star Wars universe that it has yet to formally reveal.
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