In commemoration of the Mouse House’s upcoming intergalactic origin tale, Solo: A Star Wars Story, EA and DICE have lifted the curtain on Star Wars Battlefront II’s forthcoming Han Solo-centric free DLC.
Hitting consoles on May 16th – nine days before Ron Howard’s eagerly anticipated sci-fi prequel flick – the downloadable content will take players on a trip back to the Original Trilogy before making a hyper jump into brand new content inspired by Solo in June.
Here’s the rundown, direct from EA:
•Revisit Jabba’s Palace – Available in Blast, Hero Showdown or Heroes vs. Villains, players will be able to iron out their differences in the twists and turns of Jabba’s abode.
•New Hero Showdown Mode – In this new round-based elimination mode, players will be able to take their favorite duos into two on two Heroes vs. Villains battles. Han Solo and Chewbacca vs. Boba Fett and Bossk? Yoda and Rey vs. Vader and Captain Phasma? Players will need to bring out their wits and tactics, as once a round is won, another duo must be picked for the next round.
•Dress for the Job – Players will also be able to don new Appearances (available for Credits or Crystals) inspired by the opening act of Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi™, with Lando Calrissian looking scruffy in his Skiff Guard disguise and Leia Organa donning the bounty hunter Boushh’s gear and featuring brand-new voice-over.
•Refine Piloting Skills in Starfighter Custom Arcade – Additionally, we’re excited to add Custom Arcade mode to Star Wars Battlefront II at the request of players. Fans can hone their flying skills in the cockpit with Starfighters from all eras, whether the goal is to turn Rebellion X-Wings into stardust with a TIE/LN or hop into the Millennium Falcon to fly circles around enemy starfighters.
Though Battlefront II is known to have had a very rough time at launch, to the point where Disney were rumored to be actively shopping the Star Wars license around to other publishers, EA’s higher-ups have since stepped forward and admitted that they’re regretful over the game’s whole loot box fiasco.
Whether that’s enough to have the fanbase’s forgiveness, we’ll have to to wait and see, but if one thing’s for certain, it’s that Star Wars Battlefront II is really shaping up to be a much better experience than what was originally shipped back in November, 2017.
With this new Han Solo-flavoured free DLC and the recently added Ewoks-centric limited-time modes, both EA and DICE look like they’re working tirelessly to win back our respect, which they just might do.