Star Wars Battlefront 2 News: UK Release Date, Early Access and Gameplay

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It’s official, Battlefront 2 is coming in November. The game was revealed at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida on 15 April 2017. It’s one of the most anticipated games of 2017, and the sequel to the immensely popular (but divisive) Battlefront.

Below we’ve listed everything we know about Battlefront 2 so far. The trailer from Gamescom 2017 is above, showing the new Starfighter Assault mode, but there are more trailers further down this article, including how you can get access to the game right now. Also check out our Battlefront 2 preview to find out what we thought after hands-on time with the game.

What you need to know about Star Wars Battlefront 2:

  • Release date: 17 November 2017
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • Developer: EA DICE
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

When is Battlefront 2 coming out?

First announced almost a year ago at E3 2016, Battlefront 2 will come out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 17 November 2017.

That’s just days away, but if you’re after an immediate Star Wars fix you can buy the first Battlefront for just £20. If you have PlayStation VR, be sure to get the X-wing VR Mission which is a free download for Battlefront on the PS4. Rogue One, of course, is the most recent Star Wars film, and the VR DLC is a tie-in.

How can I play Battlefront 2 right now?

Battlefront 2 may not be available until Friday 17 November, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play a bit of the game right now. As is becoming a habit with high-profile EA game releases, the company has provided a limited early access trial for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2.

The trial is part of EA Access/Origin Access and provides subscribers with ten hours of multiplayer action, along with access to three single player levels from the game’s brand new story campaign.

If you haven’t got an Access subscription, you can sign up to Origin Access on PC and EA Access on your Xbox One. It’ll set you back £3.99 a month or £19.99 for the year, with new subscribers able to take advantage of a free one-month trial.  

Everyone else will have to wait until 17 November to play – keep reading to find out the best pre-order deals for Star Wars Battlefront 2. 

What are the best Battlefront 2 pre-order deals?

As is typical for a major AAA game release these days, there are both multiple versions of Star Wars: Battlefront II available, and bonus content for anyone who pre-orders the game.

The pre-order bonus is tied to the upcoming film The Last Jedi, and includes alternate outfits and additional abilities for Kylo Ren and Rey, presumably based on what they get up to in Episode VIII. Anyone who pre-orders can get The Last Jedi Heroes, but it’s not clear yet if it will also be able to buy after the game is out later this year.

As for different versions, you can pre-order the base game for £54.99 on console or £49.99 on PC from Game in the UK, or $59.99 for any platform from Best Buy in the US.

If you don’t mind spending a bit more, the Trooper Deluxe Edition includes the Elite Officer, Heavy Metal, Armored Assault, and Master Specialist upgrade packs, which include new weapon modifications and epic abilities. It will also let you play the game as much as three days early.

That version of the game is available in the UK for £79.99 from Game, or in the US for $79.99 from Best Buy, though right now it looks to be console-only.

Battlefront II pre-order bonus

If you’re really keen, Game has a UK exclusive on a Star Wars themed PS4 Pro console, which is bundled with the game itself for £369.99.

What will Battlefront 2’s gameplay be like?

EA revealed the game and its first trailer (see above) during the ‘The Galaxywide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II’ panel at this year’s Star Wars Celebration event in the US on 15 April.

The biggest reveal was that Battlefront 2 will feature characters, units, and missions from all three Star Wars film eras: the original trilogy, the prequels, and the new trilogy that launched with The Force Awakens. That means Luke and Darth Vader will be joined by the likes of Rey, Yoda, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren and more when the game launches later this year.

Those heroes will also be customisable, with new abilities to unlock, as will be the base troopers. Those standard troopers have also had a bit of an overhaul: not only are there more varieties (including battle droids!) but they can also unlock new heroic abilities. 

Vehicle combat has reportedly been improved too, with better handling and more varieties, including animals like tauntauns. There will also be massive space battles, so you won’t always be stuck near the ground.

Those space battles were the focus of the Battlefront II presentation at Gamescom, where EA showed off a new trailer along with a live gameplay demo (at the top of this page) of the new Starfighter Assault mode, which it promises will include “vastly improved starfighter combat, with superior controls, deeper customization, and role-based team play featuring an all new class-based system.”

We played Starfighter Assault ourselves at Gamescom, so you can check out our preview to find out what we thought, or watch the full footage of one of our rounds further down this page.

Player progression will be handled partly through loot crate drops – similar to Overwatch – which will also be where microtransactions fit in.

Loot crates can be bought either with in-game Credits or real-world money, and you’ll also get one free daily crate each day. They contain Star Cards that you use to customise your abilities, gear, and vehicles.

Crates may also contain crafting elements which you can use to upgrade your Star Cards, and any duplicates will automatically be converted to crafting components.

These caused controversy even before the game’s launch, with early access players claiming it would take 40 hours of play to unlock just a single top-tier hero like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, almost forcing players to buy loot crates to make up the difference. In response EA slashed prices by 75% before the game even came out, in an effort to reduce the massive fan outrage – including the single most downvoted post in Reddit history, from an EA community manager.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 heroes

Thanks to a closed alpha that EA has been running for the game, we now have a list of heroes that will playable – via Reddit.

  • Boba Fett
  • Han Solo
  • Leia
  • Luke
  • Bossk
  • Chewbacca
  • Darth Vader
  • Emperor
  • Grievous
  • Iden
  • Kylo Ren
  • Lando
  • Maul
  • Phasma
  • Rey
  • Yoda

Single-player campaign

Unlike the first Battlefront, this game features a full single-player campaign mode. You’ll play as Iden Versio, an Empire trooper and leader of the elite Inferno Squad, and the game’s campaign will follow her from the destruction of the second Death Star up to the era of The Force Awakens.

She vows to destroy the Rebellion and avenge the Emperor after the Death Star explodes, so it looks like for one of the first times, players will get to step into the shoes of an Imperial soldier trying to kill the good guys – though we’d hazard a guess that she switches sides before the end of the story.

Those interested in finding out the backstory of Iden Versio can head over to the EA website as the company recently posted a blog post detailing the life of Versio, weaving her into the events of previous Star Wars films and giving her story more credibility in the Star Wars universe.

She was in pursuit of a fleeing Rebel starfighter when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing fired the shots that blew the Emperor’s superweapon apart. Iden managed to escape to a nearby moon of Yavin and eventually back to Imperial forces.”

In addition to controlling Versio, the story will also allow you to step into the shoes of major existing Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and more. 

Perhaps most excitingly of all, the devs confirmed that the Battlefront II story is canon in the Star Wars universe, so it could offer some insight into the upcoming films.

Here’s the latest Battlefront 2 single player trailer:

Full gameplay footage from Gamescom

Here is us playing a full Starfighter Assault round from Battlefront 2 at Gamescom, running on a PS4 Pro:

What DLC will be available for Battlefront 2?

DLC will arrive as themed seasons, with the first arriving in December and focusing on The Last Jedi film that comes to cinemas on 15 December. It will be free to download and will include Planet Crait as well as Force Awakens characters Finn and Captain Phasma.

DLC beyond that will continue to be free, with more maps, characters, and potentially game modes on the way.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer

As well as the first trailer which you can watch at the top of the page, a second trailer talks about Massive Worlds and Dilemmas. Check it out below.

Another trailer was offered at Paris Games Week 2017 just weeks before the game’s release:

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