Arriving between November 17th and November 20th worldwide, the new Star Wars Battlefront is a highly anticipated title. Today, EA revealed art from the Battle of Jakku, as it was 29 years prior to its appearance in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Battle of Jakku is described as a pivotal moment, a battle reflecting the idea of a small brave force fighting against a much greater threat. You will get to experience the battle that leaves Jakku as the battle-scarred landscape that will be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In the artwork at the top of the article, you can see a crash landed Star Destroyer. From the belly of this metallic beast comes Imperial ground troops, evacuating only to enter battle with Rebel soldiers, all of them unfamiliar with the desert environment surrounding them.
One major thing DICE Concept Artist Anton Grandert was looking to convey with this battle artwork is the scale of it, with combat happening on all sides. Another emphasis was on the size difference between the visual elements, explained by the following quote:
There’s a David and Goliath theme to this. The epic, huge super structures of the Star Destroyers contrast against the tiny but brave Rebel soldiers fighting the Imperial forces.
– DICE Concept Artist Anton Grandert
The last major thing they wanted to reflect with this battle was variation in combat seen in the Star Wars universe, both taking place on land and in the sky. Grandert went on to provide the following quote, summarizing the overall goal with the Battle of Jakku:
We wanted to portray a battle completely surrounding you, in every direction. Debris is falling from the sky, telling the story of battles above. On the surface of the planet you can see ground troops as well as X-wings, all taking part of the fight.
Along with Jakku, other iconic planets such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor, as well as the previously unexplored Sullust, will all make an appearance. The Battle of Jakku, which includes two full new maps, will be coming to Star Wars Battlefront on December 1st, 2015 for all who pre-order, and a week later for everybody else, completely for free.