DICE leaves Star Wars Battlefront behind for multi-era Battlefront 2

That’s it for ongoing Star Wars Battlefront 1 development, it sounds like. “The team has shifted its focus to creating the next great Star Wars game,” EA DICE said.

It means, as , “no future Skirmish content is planned”, which is a shame.

Skirmish makes the game’s big multiplayer maps available offline, to play alone or in split-screen, and fills the remaining 20-person teams with bots. All guns are available and the bots are wimps, which means massive killstreaks for you. My son and I love it.

Watch: 6 things from Star Wars Battlefront’s Rogue One DLC you’ll see in the movie (and one you won’t)

Greetings Eurogamers! As we inch closer to Christmas, we begin to contemplate the true meaning of the holiday. That is, buying as many excellent gifts as possible so that you win Christmas and can spend the whole day loudly celebrating your own brilliance.

One game that didn’t get the memo about it being the middle of winter is Star Wars Battlefront, which has just added the tropical planet of Scarif as DLC that ties into the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One. We’ve identified six neat things to keep an eye out for in the DLC that will also appear in the movie (and one thing that probably won’t make the cut).

Another game that comprehensively misses the ‘goodwill to all men’ message is ultra-violent multiplayer playground GTA Online. Join us as we reminisce over the times the game, and occasionally we ourselves, wasted us.

Star Wars Battlefront is coming to EA Access next week

Star Wars Battlefront is coming to and on 13th December, just in time for Rogue One’s theatrical release on the 16th.

We’ve known that EA would be adding this to its subscription service, but now we know its exact date.

It’s worth noting that EA Access is exclusive to Xbox One, while Origin Access is a PC thing, so neither will include the currently PSVR-exclusive Battlefront VR experience that .

Star Wars Battlefront is getting Rogue One DLC ahead of film’s launch

Star Wars Battlefront’s final expansion, Rogue One: Scarif, will launch on 7th December, 10 days ahead of Rogue One’s 16th December theatrical premiere.

The DLC adds four new maps, including the sandy tropical planet of Scarif, where Imperial troopers plow through the jungle in AT-ACTs. You can catch a glimpse of that in the trailer below.

New playable characters include Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic, who will be played by Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn respectively in the film.

EA Access is adding Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Star Wars Battlefront this year

The Xbox One-exclusive EA Access program will add Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Star Wars Battlefront and EA Sports UFC 2 to its vault later this year.

Origin Access, the PC-based equivalent to EA Access, will likewise receive Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Star Wars Battlefront (but not UFC 2, which does not exist on PC).

That means subscribers who pay £3.99 for either of these services will have unlimited access to these games.

Forget Chewbacca, it’s Bossk racking up the massive killstreaks in Star Wars Battlefront

Of the two new Star Wars Battlefront heroes it looked like Chewbacca would outgun Bossk, because in the right circumstances Han’s hairy friend is a beast. Sorry, poor choice of words – I mean powerful.

Chewie begins by firing one bolt from his bowcaster at a time, which does decent damage; but it’s possible for him to spray out up to eight bolts at a time, which does devastating damage. It’s like a super-powered shotgun at close ranges. Watch . But like I said: those are the right circumstances.

To rev up to that, Chewie needs to kill a few grunts and do some damage. If he does, his passive ability will add an extra bolt each time he shoots, up to a maximum of four. Then Chewie can temporarily double that using an active ability called Multi-Bolts.

Death Star DLC introduces the Star Wars: Battlefront you were looking for (sort of)

Poor DICE. One of the biggest criticisms thrown the way of its Star Wars-themed multiplayer shooter, and one of the biggest hurdles it’s faced since its announcement, is that it didn’t feel very much like Battlefront at all. Gone was the easy transition from on-foot combat to aerial dogfights, and every leaked piece of footage from Free Radical’s Battlefront 3 only serves to illustrate how far DICE’s take had fallen from the tree.

Classic Battlefront never feels far away from The Death Star DLC, the third big expansion and the penultimate before this December’s Rogue One inspired pack. It’s a step towards what perhaps people had originally envisioned of a modern day Battlefront, a three-part skirmish that takes place in the heavens before moving into the Death Star itself and climaxing in player’s attempts to stage – and thwart – the iconic trench run from A New Hope. If this was in Battlefront from the start, the perception of DICE’s game might have been very different indeed.

That’s in theory, anyway. In practice, Battle Station tends to end during the first stage as Rebel pilots struggle to get to grip with Battlefront’s aerial combat – always something of an acquired taste – while refusing to play the objective, the big Imperial Star Destroyers that must be brought down going frustratingly untouched. That’ll change over time – a little rebalancing here, and a little more acquaintance on the player’s behalf – but it’s a frustratingly stilted start for one of Battlefront’s most promising new additions.

Jelly Deals roundup: Star Wars Battlefront, Bastion, Darksiders and more

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While we all collectively mourn the loss of the Great British Bake Off we knew and loved, and wait to find out who the new hosts will be (my money’s on 90s children’s entertainers Zig and Zag), at least we can all take some solace in the fact that there are plenty of video games in the world. Possibly a little too many.

Maybe you’ve spent the week rediscovering (or just discovering) Dead Rising thanks to the brand new PC release, coming to terms with the changes made to Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, or you’re still recovering from the… let’s call it excitement, of Sony’s Tokyo Game Show conference. Whatever you’ve done with the week so far, it’s always nice to save a little bit of cash.

The Death Star DLC looks snazzy in Star Wars Battlefront

The Death Star: such a great idea the Star Wars films did it thrice. It’s coming to Star Wars Battlefront as paid downloadable content 20th September, and there’s a finally a gameplay trailer showing it off.

Most eye-catching are the new spaceship battles, which are actually in space! They’ve been a glaring omission from Star Wars Battlefront from the get-go but finally they’re here, and with all the glitz and glamour EA DICE does so well.

The space battles form a key part of that’s being introduced in the Death Star DLC. It’s a three-phase mode that starts out in spaceships, then moves to on-foot, and then back in spaceships for the iconic ‘trench run’ from 1977 Star Wars film A New Hope.

Battlefield 1 beta had an enormous 13.2m players

EA may just have a hit on its hands – Battlefield 1’s beta was played by a staggering 13.2 million people between 30th August and 8th September.

To put that amount in perspective, let’s take a look at other big-name open betas. Destiny’s beta had 4.6m players. The Division had 6.4m. Star Wars Battlefront had 9.5m.

EA trumpeted the figure to fans today and named it the most successful EA beta in history.