The Imperial trap at the Battle of Endor turned into a definitive victory for the Rebellion. The Emperor is dead. But what about the rest of the Empire? Yes, the second Death Star was destroyed – but much of the Empire’s traditional strength remains. How do we go from an Empire on its heels to the First Order we see in The Force Awakens? Some of this gap will be filled with the new single player campaign coming in Star Wars Battlefront II.
Here’s what we know.
We play as Iden Versio. She’s leader of an Imperial special forces unit called Inferno Squad. Hell yes! We’re going to see the post-Emperor galaxy from the Empire’s perspective.
Inferno Squad is the best at everything the Empire does. Ground combat, space combat, espionage, sabotage – you name it. If the Empire does it, Inferno Squad does it even better.
During a panel for Star Wars Battlefront II, the developers gave us a bit more background on Iden. She was raised on a new planet called Vardos, and it’s about as pro-Empire as they get. Picture an Imperial Utopia. Iden was raised to be a true believer. To fully understand and embrace Imperial beliefs.
A new droid. Droids are the true stars of Star Wars. Every new movie gets a new droid. We got BB-8 and K2SO. In Battlefront II, Iden gets what looks like a miniature Imperial Probe Droid that attaches to her back.
It looks like the new droid sidekick will play a big role during gameplay as we see it twice in the trailer. Maybe for scouting during missions or performing stealth takedowns. That kind of stuff.
Iden is the star, but. C’mon, this is Star Wars. The devs were not about to make a story and not let us play as the biggest stars of the Star Wars universe. Iden is the main ‘hero,’ but we’ll also jump in the shoes of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren and others.
We don’t know much about how this works, but the perspective will shift to other heroes at key moments. We caught a glimpse of this during the trailer when Iden draws her blaster on Luke.
And maybe at the end with Kylo Ren. That could be some fancy camera work in multiplayer, but it does have a more cinematic, story feel to it.
The Emperor’s presence lives on. Through Sentinel droids. Pre-recorded messages give orders to the Empire after his death.
What does Palpatine have in store for the Empire after his death? We’ll have to wait and see when Battlefront II comes out. If you’ve been keeping up with the comics and books, you have a good idea on where EA is going with Battlefront II.
Battlefront II is being written by Walt Williams and Mitch Dyer. Mitch used to cover games for IGN before diving into the world of making them at EA Motive. Walt helped pen the story for Spec Ops: The Line. Spec Ops: The Line didn’t do much to stand out from a gameplay perspective, but it’s story was lauded by critics and gamers.
A new book dives into Inferno Squad. Following the theft of the original Death Star plans, the Empire forms a new elite team of soldiers called Inferno Squad. “Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans,” reads the official Star Wars description. We’ll learn more about the men and women making up Inferno Squad, and hopefully, more about their motivations for embracing the Empire.
Inferno Squad is coming on July 25th.
We wanted a Battlefront story, and EA is delivering one. Keeping the focus on the Empire makes things a lot more interesting. It would have been easy and expected to toss us into a Rebel’s shoes following the destruction of the second Death Star. Instead, we get to see things from an Imperial perspective.
How does the Empire respond following the death of their leader? How do we go from Empire to the First Order? And, how much of the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens is explained?
It sure sounds like we are getting a meaty single player story. I’m crossing my fingers for something along the lines of at least 8-10 hours.