Battlefront Roadmap Charts a DLC Course

DICE has unveiled upcoming content for Star Wars: Battlefront, both free and paid. Will this placate players disappointed by the way in which the game launched? People did climb the tallest peaks and shout out, “Content!” DICE, and EA, seem to be listening. They do have to recoup however much it cost to make Battlefront, but evidently the game sold well, so maybe they’re just doing this out of the goodness of their corporate heart.

The official post is available on the Battlefront site here, but below you’ll find the juicy tidbits.

Tomorrow, we are adding more free content to the game for all Star WarsBattlefront players, including:

  • The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.

  • New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.

  • We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.

  • The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster. We’ll have more news regarding Community Events and Daily Challenges in the days ahead.

  • And of course, we are also including some overall balancing tweaks to both weapons and multiplayer modes.

I suppose you can call that the “January” update. More maps are always welcome, but considering that the vast majority of players gravitate primarily toward the Walker Assault and Supremacy game modes, a lack of those maps is fairly disappointing. But I do have to say Heroes Vs Villains was the pleasant surprise of Battlefront. Too bad the same could not be said for hero balance. But for anyone aching for a new Supremacy or Walker Assault map, fortunately you’ll not have to wait too long.

In February, we will continue to add more free content for all players, including a new Survival mission on Hoth, and a brand-new Hoth multiplayer map that will support our larger game modes including Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron and Turning Point. Speaking of Turning Point, we are also excited to make this popular mode available on all maps that currently support Walker Assault and Supremacy in the February update.

It’ll also be great to see the Battle of Jakku game mode, Turning Point, being made available across other maps as well.

The content coming in March is a less fleshed out, so they’re probably still trying to decide what will ultimately be included:

In March, we will be adding another exciting new multiplayer map on Endor that will support Walker Assault, Supremacy, and Turning Point, and an additional Tatooine Survival map.

That’s the free content DICE has in store for Battlefront in the immediate future, but they’ll “continue to listen to our community throughout the year and provide updates designed to make Star Wars Battlefront even more fun for everyone.”

I haven’t touched Battlefront since prior to the Jakku DLC’s release, but maybe it’s finally time to give the game a spin. I didn’t hate it, but I could definitely understand why people were calling it shallow. Let’s just hope the community hasn’t completely jumped ship by then. The player base is dwindling as we speak. We’re not talking Battlefield: Hardline levels, yet, but it’s getting there.

DICE rounded out the roadmap by detailing the paid DLC expansions that will be sold separately, or included in Battlefront’s season pass:

  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Outer Rim (March 2016) – Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bespin (Summer 2016) – It’s hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Death Star (Fall 2016) – That’s no moon! One of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe makes its debut in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Expansion Pack 4 – Title TBA (Early 2017) – We will have more details to share about this exciting new expansion pack in the coming months.

The Death Star and Bespin have been popular among fans since the get-go, so it’s nice to see that both those locations will be coming to Battlefront before year’s end.

There are certainly some exciting updates in store for Star Wars: Battlefront. It might’ve launched in a somewhat anemic state, but DICE seem committed to continued support. Perhaps in a year or so it’ll be the game it should’ve been from the get go, with or without paid DLC. That would make its life mirror that of Battlefield 4. That game was a mess when it launched, but thanks to DICE LA, as well as EA for not pulling the plug, Battlefield 4 is one of the best modern shooters out there.

Maybe with a little blood, sweat, tears, elbow grease, vinegar, as well as lightsabers, Battlefront will follow a similar course.

Let’s just hope there are still people playing it in a year to reap these content benefits.

About Josh Price

Josh Price is a writer who probably spends too many hours of the day playing video games. At some point he decided to put the two together to (hopefully) great effect. He also wrote some fiction. You should check that out if you're into such things, which you should be. Reading is FUNdamental.

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