It’s taken two years, and much of the shine has worn off the potential of what the game could ever have been, but Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is finally about to become the game it should have been.
Star Wars Battlefront II - Celebration Edition is out today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, including the base game, every content update, and each and every bit of cosmetic content that could ever have been bought or ‘earned’ from loot crates. This includes more than 150 different character appearances, over 100 emotes, and more than 90 victory poses. And, while it’s been this way for some time now, all hero characters are unlocked right out of the box.
The only things you don’t get right away are experience and Star Card progression, both of which are unlocked through normal gameplay, as well special customisation options which can be obtained via in-game events.
It smacks of locking the stable door after the tauntaun has bolted but it is what it is. This sounds like the Star Wars Battlefront II which always should’ve been. Who knows what would’ve happened to this franchise had it launched properly.
Anyway, it seems there’s still a bit of life in this old dog yet. We’ve no idea how active the player numbers are although we’d imagine they can’t be particularly healthy after all this time. Still, there’s a brand new Star Wars movie about to hit our cinema screens and that surely means an influx of new players. The next update for Star Wars Battlefront 2 will tie in with Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker, introducing new co-op content, a new planet, Sith Trooper, First Order Jet Trooper, Gunner, Spy, and two new playable alien species. Looking further afield, BB-8 and BB-9E will become two new playable heroes in January, with more to come in February and March.
Lots happening then, although whether you can muster up the energy to care after the absolute train wreck that was Battlefront 2’s launch is a different matter entirely.
Star Wars Battlefront II - Celebration Edition is out today, December 5th, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It's priced at $39.99 for new customers or it's a $24.99 upgrade for those who already own the base game. Alternatively, you can just play it through an Origin Access Premier subscription.