That all changed today, as DICE provided an update on the official Star Wars Battlefront site about what fans can expect in an imminent update and the months ahead.
Battlefront owners will receive free content, such as new maps for both multiplayer and mission modes, new costumes and other additions like new game types. The first batch of free content will go live tomorrow, updating an existing map to include various additional game modes, iconic Hoth outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and much more:
- The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
- New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on the Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes' Holiday community mission last month.
- We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.
- The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster. We'll have more news regarding Community Events and Daily Challenges in the days ahead.
- And of course, we are also including some overall balancing tweaks to both weapons and multiplayer modes.
Future updates will include brand new maps based on Hoth and Endor, suitable for new survival missions and all of Battlefront's 20 vs. 20 game modes. Turning Point – Battlefront's attack/defend game mode will also be expanded to support other maps beyond Jakku.
That's no moon...
DICE also announced their roadmap for Star Wars Battlefront's season pass, which includes Lando Calrissian's Cloud City and none other than the Death Star, which should compensate for Battlefront's lack of space battles to some degree.
- Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Outer Rim (March 2016) - Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine
- Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bespin (Summer 2016) - It's hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin
- Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Death Star (Fall 2016) – That's no moon! One of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe makes its debut in Star Wars Battlefront.
- Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Expansion Pack 4 – Title TBA (Early 2017) – We will have more details to share about this exciting new expansion pack in the coming months.
While DICE's Battlefront reboot failed to impress everyone, I praised the game in my review for its accessible nature, polished visuals and explosive gameplay.
EA has a 10-year lease from Disney to develop video games based on the Star Wars universe. Beyond on-going updates to Battlefront and The Old Republic, it's widely believed EA Visceral (Dead Space, Battlefield Hardline) are working with the creator of Assassin's Creed, Jade Raymond, to create a Star Wars action-adventure game.
What do you think of DICE's Battlefront plans? Let us know in the comments.
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