As has been extensively trailed by EA over the past few weeks, today is Star Wars: Battlefront reveal day. The promised trailer, as well as a few new screenshots (although those are just trailer caps,) plus some actual game details have indeed been released.

Yesterday’s semi-accidental leak from the source code of the official website suggesting a 17 November release has been confirmed as accurate (20 November for the UK, 19 November in Europe.)

Pre-orders for the game are, inevitably, up already. But the good news there is that there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of exclusionary bonuses. Pre-ordering people get to fight the battle of Jakku a week earlier than everybody else (it’s apparently going to be free DLC,) but aside from that and some Deluxe Edition items the pre-order stuff actually doesn’t seem to objectionable at first glance.

Star Wars: Battlefront is promising “a wide range” of competitive multiplayer modes, battles in famous Star Wars locations like “Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust,” 40 player matches, and solo missions which can also be played co-operatively across split screen or online. We’ll see about the split-screen stuff in the PC version, as developers sometimes don’t bother with that on our platform.

You’ll also apparently be able to play as characters from the series like Darth Vader and Boba Fett.

Here’s the Star Wars: Battlefront trailer, which claims to all be “in engine” footage. Fancy.

Peter Parrish

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