At yesterday's EA Play briefing, fans got a healthy serving of Star Wars Battlefront II footage via a new trailer and a big 40-player livestream. It was impressive stuff, but almost all of it focused on multiplayer – what about players who are primarily interested in Star Wars Battlefront II for its new single-player campaign? Do we get anything?
Well, several outlets, including Kotaku and GameSpot, got to go hands-on with a Star Wars Battlefront II single-player mission. No gameplay footage has been released, but some interesting things have been described.
The mission, entitled "Dauntless," starts with the scene glimpsed at the end of the most recent trailer. Our Dark Side protagonist Iden Versio receives orders from her admiral father to put together a squad to carry out an "unusual assignment." They're approached by a red-robed figure bearing Emperor Palpatine's face, but don't worry, he's still dead. The red sentinel is merely transmitting the Emperor's final command – enact Operation Cinder, a plan to take down the Rebel Alliance in the event of the Emperor's death.
Reportedly, we later see Iden preparing for Operation Cinder at an Empire shipyard, when, suddenly, the base is attacked by a huge Rebel force. You then hop into a TIE fighter for a big outer space dogfight. After wiping out the Rebel forces and protecting a teammate from ambush, you enter the Rebel mother ship, at which point the game switches to on-foot action.
The game lets you take down scores of enemies with blasters, grenades, and your droid sidekick as you make your way down narrow corridors. Eventually, players enter a more open area, where you can dispatch enemies via stealth takedowns if you so choose. After destroying the ion cannons, there's an explosion, and Iden is sucked into space, ending the demo on a cliffhanger. Word is, the mission lasts around 15 minutes in total.
Reaction to the Battlefront II single-player demo is somewhat mixed so far. Kotaku seemed impressed by cinematic touches, while GameSpot felt it was standard fare that "left something to be desired." Hopefully we'll get more of a consensus once more people try the demo out.