Update: The livestream has ended, but you can still check out the footage in the video above!
Only minutes ago, EA set fans abuzz with an explosive new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II, but hold on, there’s plenty more action in store! EA is keeping the momentum rolling by giving fans a first real look at Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer in action via a huge livestream gameplay event.
Star Wars Battlefront II is giving the prequel era its due at E3 2017, with this multiplayer demo being set during the Assault on Threed. For those who may have forgotten the finer details of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (perhaps intentionally), Threed is the capital city of Naboo and the focal point of the movie’s big climatic battle scene. Thankfully, all the kid Anakin Skywalker bits have been cut out.
The multiplayer livestream will feature 40 top YouTube and Twitch going at it in a big 20 on 20 brawl. Who will come out on top? The Battle Droids or the Clones? Check out the livestream above, and scroll down for a rundown of everything you can expect to see during the demo…
Look forward a ton of new-to-Battlefront ships and vehicles to seen during the livestream, most of which will be fully playable. Here’s some of what you can expect, from the Battlefront II website:
“Sleek N-1 Starfighters and Vulture Droids scream overhead spewing light and fire. Nimble AT-RT Walkers race around corners, pursued by roaring AATs. Agile Clone Jumptroopers hop from rooftop to rooftop, while rampaging B2 Super Battle Droids level everything in their path.”
New Heroes and Villains
As in past games in the series, Star Wars Battlefront II will let you temporarily take control of super-powerful iconic characters from the series mythos. EA has already teased a couple characters:
“Armies of Clones and Droids sprint across cover, their blazing weapons shattering the tranquility of the once-peaceful capital of Naboo. And at the center of the swirling melee the lightsabers and Darth Maul and Rey cut swaths through the ranks of the battling troopers.”
Darth Maul and Rey are exciting additions, but word is we’ll be seeing four characters during the livestream. Recent leaked Battlefront II gameplay (which has quickly taken down) also showed glimpses of Boba Fett and Han Solo.
Star Wars Battlefront II developer DICE has also promised the sequel will add a new level of character customization. We’ll no doubt get a peek at the possibilities during the livestream:
"Master Your Hero! Not just an iconic hero- your hero. Master your craft with customizable character progression. Equip ability modifiers, unique to each hero, trooper class, and starfighter. Use these ability modifiers to adapt and modify your character’s core powers, either as lethal active effects on your opponents, helpful status boosts, or tactical assistance, to counter any opponent on the battlefront."
Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II will get Star Wars: The Last Jedi outfits, powers, and ships for Kylo Ren and Rey, an epic lightsaber mastery card for Yoda, and early access to the game’s open beta, which kicks off on [date].