Arcade is an offline single-player or co-op/versus splitscreen (only on consoles) feature in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront II that centers around fighting AI bots and/or practicing your skills as a specific soldier class, Reinforcement unit, or hero. It is somewhat similar to Skirmish in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront and Instant Action in the original games by Pandemic Studios.
Game modes Edit
Custom Arcade Edit
Custom Arcade allows players to choose their map to play on (all maps in the game are available in Arcade), the game modes to play with (which are featured in Arcade; Arcade modes are separate from online multiplayer modes), and the rules of the match (such as the number of AI bots, the difficulty of the AI bots, classes that can be used, etc.).
Team Battle Edit
Team Battle is very similar to Blast in the online multiplayer of Star Wars Battlefront II. It is a team deatchmatch mode. Two teams start out with a number of tickets that are determined by the player (anywhere between 25 and 999). The first team to totally deplete the enemy team's ticket count wins. Based on the rules determined by the player, all soldier classes, reinforcement/special units, and heroes and villains are available to play.
Starfighter Team Battle, introduced in the Han Solo Season Update as part of the Starfighter Arcade, is a variant of Team Battle that allows players to pilot a starfighter in one of the game's space or high atmosphere maps. Hero and villain ships are also available to play as.
Onslaught is a time-based mode, with the time being determined by the player, as they (and a buddy in co-op) must fend off attacking AI bots, the number of which is also determined by the player. The player must defeat a certain number of AI bots before time runs out, though the player can earn additional seconds with each elimination.
Starfighter Onslaught, introduced in the Han Solo Season Update as part of the Starfighter Arcade, is a variant of Onslaught that allows players to pilot a starfighter in one of the game's space or high atmosphere maps. Hero and villain ships are also available to play as.
Battle Scenarios Edit
Battle Scenarios are predetermined and thematic versions of the Custom Arcade mode, allowing players to play as certain classes, special units, or heroes based on the map being played on. Each Battle Scenario comes in three tiers, with the subsequent tiers tweaking the settings found in Custom Arcade to make the scenario increasingly more difficult than the previous tier(s).
The tutorial teaches the player the basic mechanics of DICE's Star Wars Battlefront II. Players play from the side of the First Order on Starkiller Base. Players are able to choose from the four trooper classes and earn battle points by defeating AI enemies to play as the First Order's Enforcer unit, the First Order Flametrooper, and eventually Kylo Ren. It is based off of the Onslaught mode.
- The Arcade is somewhat similar to Skirmish in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront and Instant Action in the original Star Wars: Battlefront games by Pandemic Studios. However, at launch, Arcade does not feature large scale battles, AI count, and maps, nor the online multiplayer game modes, but instead its own game modes, somewhat like Missions in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront.
- It has been confirmed by lead designer Dennis Brännvall that a "large scale, non-linear, sandbox mode" will be coming to Star Wars Battlefront II that will be available both online in multiplayer and offline in Arcade, making it the first mode to be featured in both.
- Dennis Brännvall, later at EA Play 2018, confirmed this mode to be similar to Conquest, where command posts can be captured and capital ships can be destroyed, though it is unclear if this will be part of the Arcade.
- Unofficial, player created mods available on PC have enabled AI counts to be increased to a total of 50 (teams of 25 versus 25), though in the official version of Arcade, AI counts can only reach 20 in Team Battle (teams of 10 versus 10).
- Added Starfighter Arcade: Starfighter Team Battle and Starfighter Onslaught.
- Added additional locations to Arcade: Kashyyyk, Hoth, Endor, Crait, Jakku, and Death Star II.