“Lock S-foils into attack position.” EA gave us a brief tease of Fighter Squadron mode a few days ago. Today, we got a much better look at EA’s Gamescom conference. Check out the 2-minute trailer below.
Alright, let’s take a closer look. First up, we see a few new starfighters. The A-Wing and TIE Interceptor are in. That brings the total number of base pilotable aircraft (that we know about) to five. We’ve seen X-Wings, TIE Fighters and Snowspeeders before today. Y-Wings are also in Battlefront, but only as AI-flown bombing runs.
Late last month, EA teased new a hero type. In Fighter Squadron, we’ll all get the chance to pilot the fastest ship in the fleet – the Millennium Falcon. What could make the trailer even more badass? How about Slave 1 cruising through the clouds at the end.
Not everything was awesome about the trailer, though. What was up with the insane amount of auto-aim? Maybe it won’t be that noticeable in the final game. It is a trailer after all. You want to show everyone great gameplay. Still, I’m hoping for a server option to disable it.
Also, DICE is opting for 20 human players and 20 AI ships. There was some confusion on this, but DICE lead multiplayer designer Dennis Brannvall cleared it up on Twitter.
Fighter Squadron is 20 players + 20 AI = 40 fighters + transport ships in the sky
— Dennis Brännvall (@DICE_FireWall) August 5, 2015
I don’t mind the addition of AI. Not everyone can be great at multiplayer games. If it lets the more casual players have fun, I’m all for it.
We also saw a bit more of Darth Vader.
All in all, it was a fantastic showing from Star Wars: Battlefront. The amount of auto-aim is a bit concerning, but I still had a silly ass grin on my face the whole time watching the trailer.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be out November 17 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
What did you think about the auto-aim in the trailer and the addition of AI bots?