Battlefront II D23 livestream plans outlined, plus dev tweets and more

This is the first week where’ll I’ll be writing news summaries on Wednesdays and Saturdays, instead of doing write-ups as news happens. I went into more detail behind my rationale on Monday; hopefully the decision works out, even if it’s not really ideal.

So from here on out, expect similar posts to be published every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. PT, with a few other posts covering major news sprinkled here and there.

Battlefront II plans for Disney’s D23 expo revealed

In the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, we learned that at Disney’s D23 fan expo this Saturday, July 15, the voice of Battlefront II’s protagonist, Janina Gavankar, will show off a behind-the-scenes reel on the making of the game’s single-player story. Additionally, the above poster featuring Iden Versio with her helmet will make its debut.

Gavankar will reveal all this at D23’s “Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase” panel via a livestream on Satuday at 1 p.m. PT:

Disney confirmed that the livestream of the games panel will be hosted by JackSeptic Eye and Stawburry17 and can be watched via JackSepticEye’s Twitch channel or Strawburry17’s YouTube page. Disney Games will also share the stream on their Facebook page.

Personally, I had hoped we might get more that this at D23, but fingers crossed that we’ll get plenty of new nuggets and details on Battlefront II’s campaign during the behind-the-scenes reel!

Dev comments on Battlefront II heroes, era expectations

Battlefront II associate design director Dennis Brannvall discussed how much stuff from each era players should expect in Battlefront II:

This isn’t too surprising, but hopefully this means that we’ll see a focus on prequel and sequel era content in the post-launch schedule.

Brannvall also ignited a quite, erm, passionate discussion on Ahsoka versus Padme in Battlefront II after stating he preferred the padawan from The Clone Wars TV show:

Of course, this is simply a personal opinion of the game’s associate design director, and not something official from EA or DICE, so I wouldn’t consider this a “confirmation” in any way. Still, this comment led to some heated debates across Reddit, Twitter, etc. as to which character people preferred.

Interestingly, the largest poll I saw (via BattlefrontUpdates’ Twitter) gave Ahsoka a heavy lead over Padme:

Personally, I would prefer Ahsoka, as I consider her one of the best characters to come out of the Star Wars universe. However, I don’t mean that to disrespect Padme, as I also feel she provided her own unique aspect to the prequel era. Hopefully we’ll get both in Battlefront II when all is said and done!

Theed battle with a clone specialist.

Beta dates, maps revealed

This was covered in the post I wrote Monday, but a quick refresher:

  • The Battlefront II multiplayer beta will begin October 4 for those that pre-order the game. The open beta for everyone else kicks off two days later on October 6. It’s currently planned to end on October 9.
  • Maps include: Galactic Assault on Naboo (previously featured at EA PLAY) and a space battle map set in the original trilogy era.

Sourced via the PlayStation.com blog.

EA’s first Battlefront gets more mods

The modding community for Battlefront continues to grow strong. Here are some of the recent highlights:

Revamped Jango Fett

Iden Versio skin

Making Y-Wings playable in Walker Assault

The “Box Star Card”

Forcing DLC maps to load into Skirmish

Fan crafts Jedi Outcast short film with LEGO characters

YouTube channel raptor5120 posted a LEGO short film based on the 2002 classic Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Revolving around Kyle Katarn, this short film is seriously well-done and is rather professional-looking (H/T ComicBook.com).

Some LEGO clone troopers got the Battlefront II treatment

LEGO modding site Clone Army Custom posted this image featuring the four Republic classes from the EA Play build of Battlefront II (it’s actually from last month, but I just found out about it thanks to Cosmic_Quark on Reddit):


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Ever since he saw A New Hope at four-years-old, Jared (aka leftweet) has been in love with Star Wars. Besides his passion for Star Wars and video games, Jared's hobbies include watching football, soccer and basketball, plus competing in fencing.

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