When Star Wars Battlefront launched in 2015, it was a bit puzzling that there was no space combat to speak of. It’s basically the most iconic part of Star Wars and, well, it’s called Star Wars. We want wars in the stars. Fortunately, DICE is making amends with Star Wars Battlefront 2, elevating its Starfighter Assault dog fighting mode to the depths of space. This won’t just be reduced to mere background scenery either. Players can plunge through giant starships, swashbuckle through asteroid belts, and generally act like the Han Solo we’ve always wanted to be.
At launch, it looks as if there are going to be at least five Starfighter Assault maps available, presumably with more coming for free further down the line. They include the Unknown Regions, the ruins of the Death Star after the Battle of Endor, Ryloth and Kamino from the prequel trilogy, and the Fondor Shipyards from Rogue One.
Criterion, they of Burnout and Need For Speed game, have been given full creative rein over the space dogfighting mode in Star Wars Battlefront II, so it’s fair to say it’s had plenty of attention lavished on it, and it shows. Surely the next step has to be creating an actual Rogue Squadron-esque space shooter, we’ve been waiting years for something of its ilk.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is arriving on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a galaxy far, far away on November 17th, 2017.