EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II is one of this holiday’s most anticipated games. And Battlefront fans yearn for a game to deliver the gameplay they remember so fondly from the original Battlefront II. DICE nails the presentation, but it’s the gameplay and depth that gamers criticized in the 2015 game.

Folks wanting a taste of 2005’s Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer can get it right now. With no extra effort on your part. Disney and GOG teamed up to bring official multiplayer support back from the dead.

“Powered by GOG Galaxy, the multiplayer function of the game has now been restored AND with added Crossplay support between GOG Galaxy and Steam to boot,” reads a GOG blog post.

Official multiplayer support fell to the dark side when GameSpy shut down in 2014. Battlefront II fans found other ways to keep the community alive, but without official multiplayer support, the player base dwindled.

That changes today thanks to the work between GOG and Disney. Timing seems a bit weird with this year’s Battlefront II beta about to kick off, but I’m not complaining.

Disney jumped on Steam to announce the news with a little Star Wars flavor. “It’s Back.. And in Even Greater Numbers!,” reads the announcement.

“Star Wars fans rejoice! Multiplayer support has returned for Battlefront II. Now you can draft your friends to the 501st legion and join up to 64 other players in a heated online battle for control of the galaxy.”

You can see why Battlefront II fans call the game a classic for yourself for just $4 over at GOG.

Do you like your Star Wars with a shinier coat of paint? This year’s Battlefront II beta kicks off on October 4 for folks who preordered. It opens to everyone on October 6 and lasts until October 9. Here’s a slick thirty-second trailer showing a taste of what you’ll be playing.

The beta includes:

Galactic Assault on Naboo
Starfighter Assault on Fondor
Strike on Takodana
Arcade Mode (battle AI opponents with a friend)

Star Wars Battlefront II is coming on November 17.


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