While the latest expansion for The Old Republic and trailers for the upcoming Episode VII film continue to keep Star Wars fans excited, recent news for Star Wars: Battlefront will give online gamers a lot more information to process before the game’s imminent release. Despite the initial dismay regarding admissions that Battlefront wouldn’t allow gaming via a server browser, the title’s producers revealed that dedicated servers will still be available for online multiplayer.
Similar to gaming clans and organizations forming their own leagues under the banner of virtual private servers like these, server browsers generally give gamers a lot of freedom to select which other gamers they want to play with, as well as map and game mode preferences. However, online multiplayer gamers for Battlefront will now have to adapt to a new dedicated server system, in which players are pitted against each other via a skilled-based matchmaking structure.
Set for release on November 17th on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, copious Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay footage has been shown, including an incredibly exhilarating trailer (see below) last month. In the preview, we have the chance to see our popular heroes, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo battle it out against dark forces, including Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine, and the one and only Darth Vader. Amidst the personal battles, we witness Rebels fighting against a whole host of Imperial stormtroopers and AT-ATs, as well as glorious dogfights between X-Wings and TIE fighters.
The game has additionally spent a great deal of time and effort in capturing one of the Star Wars films’ most popular settings: that of the planet Hoth. The barren, icy planet first appeared in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and has been a fan-favorite due to the unforgettable battle scenes that occurred during the film. The official website of Star Wars: Battlefront held a Q&A with Senior Environment Artist Pontus Ryman, regarding fan’s expectations and just what went into building the planet of Hoth:
"We were quite overwhelmed by all the positive reactions to how our recreation of Hoth turned out. Our goal was to have players immersed in the gameplay and environment through the visual and audio aspects of the Hoth environment, and the fans really took this to heart. It’s been great to see players praising the fantasy of fighting in a real, snowy environment, feeling the chilly winds of Hoth.
I think we’ve captured both aspects quite well; you can traverse the huge landscape while it feels dangerously cold and barren, but when you hit the trenches or interiors you’ll witness chaos, sparks, and explosions. We’ve worked hard to portray what we felt and experienced during our research trip to the original filming location at Finse in Norway. The trips were incredibly tough physically, with the icy temperatures taking its toll on both us and our cameras."
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