This Is Good News For ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ – Forbes

Star Wars Battlefront II

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Star Wars Battlefront II

I’m increasingly excited by the prospect of a full-blooded single-player campaign in Battlefront II. It’s been a really long time since we had any sort of solo Star Wars game to speak of, which is pretty much criminal as far as I’m concerned. Certainly one of my biggest gripes about the last Battlefront game was its lack of a campaign (though that was far from its only shortcoming.) The fact that the new game’s campaign is told from the Imperial point-of-view is just icing on the cake.

What really has me excited, though, is the writing team. This consists of ex-IGN writer, Mitch Dyer, and Spec Ops: The Line writer, Walt Williams. If you’ve played Spec Ops: The Line you’ll understand why this is exciting. The third-person shooter was a new take on the Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now fable. Instead of a novel or a movie, this time around the story was told as a video game. Whether or not you agreed with the point the game was trying to make, it did so in a smart, fascinating way, really leveraging the medium’s unique form to help drive home the story’s message. That’s something not enough video games, and certainly not enough shooters, accomplish. (I won’t spoil the story…you should really play the game!)

All of which is to say that this is decidedly good news for Star Wars: Battlefront II and the story of Iden Versio (played by Janina Gavankar) and her Inferno Squad. It’s good news for gamers, too, of course, and hopefully for critics. After all, I’m always pining for better, more compelling stories in my video games. Maybe that’s what we’ll get with Battlefront II, though we won’t know until November.

On a separate note, a new book titled Battlefront: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, is landing this July as a preface to the upcoming video game. Here’s the publisher’s description:

“After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire–no matter what the cost.

“As the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?”

Star Wars: Battlefront II blasts onto PS4, Xbox One and PC November 17th.

Fun Trivia: Rockstar Vancouver was initially working on a franchise reboot of the Spec Ops series in the early 2000′s. The project was canned, however, and later German-based Yager Development pitched a new idea to publisher 2K Games. The original pitch was for a futuristic shooter that didn’t include a sand-buried Dubai. 2K rejected the idea but gave the project, along with lots of creative freedom, to Yager nonetheless—just without the futuristic backdrop. Thank goodness.

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