Let’s break down Battlefront II’s pre-order options, classes and hero abilities
Battlefront II has been officially unveiled for almost a week now.
This image from the UK gaming store GAME started circulating around yesterday and—while it doesn’t include too much new information (the pre-order info released across a slew of store sites last Saturday)—I thought it might be fun to summarize what we know about classes and heroes in Battlefront II into a single place. I’ve also attached a section on the pre-order options because they tie in very closely to what we know about the other bits.
Note that what I’ve written below isn’t exactly new information. However, hopefully it’s still in a concise format that might lend a hand in getting a better sense of the game.
Pre-ordering either edition will grant you access to exclusive “The Last Jedi themed looks” for Kylo Ren and Rey. You’ll also get “epic ability” modifiers for the Millennium Falcon and a new First Order hero ship. There will also be a pair of epic ability modifiers for both Kylo and Rey.
The Deluxe Edition provides a bit more. Besides all those The Last Jedi bonuses, the Deluxe Edition offers “Upgrade Packs” for each of the four infantry classes. Each upgrade pack includes a weapon, a weapon modification and one infantry “epic ability”.
In addition, the Deluxe Edition grants three-day early access to Battlefront II. That means that while the worldwide release of Battlefront II is on November 17, those with the Deluxe Edition can start playing on November 14.
It’s also worth noting that one of the game’s weapon designers Christian Johannesen confirmed via Twitter that the Deluxe Edition bonuses can still be unlocked simply by playing and progressing with the Standard Edition.
What’s the cost difference of each edition? The Standard Edition retails for the normal US$59.99, while the Deluxe Edition costs $79.99. Note that you can save a bit of cash if you have access to Amazon Prime, EA Access or the Best Buy Gamer’s Club.
Finally, GameStop has an exclusive six-inch “Inferno Squadron Agent Figure” (shown above), although it’s not currently wrapped into any pre-order bundles. It will set you back $22.99.
I won’t tell you to purchase or not to purchase the Deluxe Edition over the Standard Edition. I also won’t tell you if you should pre-order or not. I think that these decisions will vary from person to person and that there isn’t a universal answer.
What I will say is that I do find it a tad worrying that there are pre-order bonuses for gameplay-affecting abilities. Hopefully the game is properly balanced so that we don’t end up with any sort of potential pay-to-win issues.
Known class details
Battlefront II has four known infantry classes:
Bast on pre-order listings, we can gain a few clues about these classes.
To start, the Officer class has access to the Blurrg-1120 pistol and its enhanced grip modification. The Battle Command ability is also available for this class.
Heavy troopers will be able to use the FWMB-10 “Megablaster” with its barrel vent modification. It also seems like the Personal Shield will return in some form, as pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition will unlock the heavy’s Personal Shield epic ability.
The Assault class has access to the CR-2 blaster and its trigger modification. This class also has access to the Grenade epic ability, which allows the player to split their grenade into three separate grenades to cover a large area of damage.
Finally, the Specialist class can utilize the A280-CFE blast with its scope modification for enhanced zoom. They can also use the Laser Trip Mine, which also returns from EA’s first Battlefront.
If you want to read more about the specific weapons that have been connected to Battlefront II, I went over them in this post.
Before I launch into the known hero abilities, I thought I should gloss over which heroes we know will be in the game.
Confirmed (first five are shown in the reveal trailer):
- Kylo Ren
- Luke Skywalker
- Darth Maul
- Han Solo (source: EB Games)
Probably in the game based on clues:
- Jango Fett (above concept art)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (same concept art)
- Darth Vader (mentioned during the reveal panel; although the context isn’t quite clear)
Additionally, I should note that JackFrags mentioned Chewbacca and General Grievous as heroes in this video. However, Elliot from BattlefrontUpdates spoke to Jack, who clarified he was just using those characters as example heroes and that they aren’t confirmed.
Also, I’ll be curious if campaign characters, like Iden Versio or the sentinel droids, will somehow carry over into the multiplayer side of things. However, EA has kept silent on that topic so far.
Known hero abilities
One of the exciting bits about Battlefront II is that we’ll be able to level up and customize our heroes. What I guess from this is that we’ll be able to swap out abilities to suit our play-style and then also unlock and choose looks we like best.
Based on those pre-order pages, we know a couple of hero abilities, although the details on this topic are still quite scarce.
We know two abilities for Rey:
- Mind control
- Can scramble enemy abilities
We also know two abilities for Kylo:
- Force freeze
- Force pull
Additionally, Iden’s ID9-inspired droid can shock enemies, similar to R2-D2 and the shock grenade in the first Battlefront. So it appears that ability will return in Battlefront II in some fashion, although it’s currently unknown if it’s exclusive to Iden’s droid or not.