The Star Wars: Battlefront series consists of seven installments: two baseline games, three spin offs, one reboot and its sequel.
Star Wars: Battlefront Edit
Star Wars: Battlefront is a first-person shooter/third-person shooter (interchangeable) video game based around battles featured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as battles that took place in Expanded Universe content. It was developed by Pandemic Studios and Lucasarts, and released on September 21, 2004 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Windows, the same day as the release of the Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD set. Aspyr released a Mac port in July 2005. People can either play Battlefront online with up to 32 players on PC, Mac and Xbox, and 16 players on PS2, or offline with up to 2 players. The Xbox version is backwards compatible with the Xbox 360. See Star Wars: Battlefront for more information. After November 7, 2012 GameSpy no longer hosts the game for online multiplayer gameplay. The only way to play online is by downloading Tunngle or GameRanger which is used as the server.
Star Wars: Battlefront II Edit
Star Wars: Battlefront II is a first-person shooter/third-person shooter (interchangeable) video game developed by Pandemic Studios and Lucasarts, and released in North America on November 1, 2005, for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, and the PS2. There are several differences between Battlefront II and the original Star Wars: Battlefront, such as playable Jedi characters, new unit classes, space battles, and story campaigns, as well as Episode III content. The release date coincided with the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on DVD.
Battlefront II expands upon the original game's single-player experience with mission-based objectives drawn from Star Wars Episodes I through VI. It is a story-based campaign which revolves around the 501st Legion as the unit evolves from the Old Republic Clone Troopers to Imperial stormtroopers. The storyline spans more than 16 new locations, many from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, including the volcanic planet Mustafar and the Battle of Coruscant. Many maps were brought over from the original Battlefront were edited and improved, like the Naboo battlefield. Also included are battles from the Original Trilogy, such as fights aboard the Tantive IV, Princess Leia's blockade runner, shown immediately at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Star Wars: Battlefront II is an Xbox Platinum Hits game and a Sony Greatest Hits game in the USA and an Xbox Classics and Playstation Platinum game in the UK. See Star Wars: Battlefront II for more information.
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron Edit
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is the 3rd installment in the Star Wars: Battlefront series and is available exclusively on the PSP. It was developed by Rebellion Developments and published by Lucasarts, and was released during the second half of 2007.
The game follows Renegade Squadron, a unit of the Alliance to Restore the Republic organized and led by Han Solo. The game's story mode has 11 missions. Renegade Squadron includes several new features, including support for 16 player infrastructure online play, and customizable players. Space heroes, as well as the hero Capture the Flag mode, Enter Capital Ships (previously unavailable on the PSP), and online leaderboards were new features as well. See Star Wars: Battlefront Renegade Squadron for more information.
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite SquadronEdit
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is the fourth installment in the Battlefront series. Exclusively on the PSP and Nintendo DS portable gaming systems, this game has not been released on any home consoles. It was released on November 3, 2009.
Elite Squadron was originally going to be the portable versions of Free Radical's Battlefront III. When Free Radical went bankrupt, the console versions of the game were cancelled, but the portable versions remained because they were developed in different studios.
New features to Elite Squadron include the ability to fight on the ground and space on the same map (available in single player only), melee weapons and attacks, and a new point-based Conquest mode.
Elite Squadron follows the story of X2, a clone of a Jedi, struggle against his clone brother, X1, throughout both the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War and into the New Republic era.
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE Reboot)Edit
Electronic Arts presentation at E3 2013, a teaser was released along with a confirmation of Battlefront release. This Battlefront is not meant to be a sequel, but rather a reboot to the franchise. The game was developed by DICE and published under Electronic Arts and was released on November 17th, 2015 in America and November 19th in Europe and Australia.
Base Command is a free turn-based strategy game that serves as a tie-in to Star Wars Battlefront. Players can log in and earn credits and experience for playing the game, and can use their Star-Cards unlocked in Battlefront in this game. It can be played from Star Wars Battlefront's website and companion app.
Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE)Edit
- In June 2016, EA's CFO revealed that a sequel to DICE's Star Wars Battlefront was in development by both DICE and Motive Studios. On April 15th 2017, a reveal trailer for the game was released and it was confirmed that the game would feature content from all three cinematic eras and have a campaign.
Shortly after the reveal, Bernd Diemer, Creative Director of Battlefront II, revealed the game will not feature a Season Pass, sighting a desire to keep the community whole. In regards to what will replace the Season Pass, Diemer stated that DICE will have "something different in mind that will allow you to play longer." This was later revealed to be post-launch content seasons, where all players would get access to new DLC's.
Mark Webster, executive producer of Battlefront II, announced on April 15th, 2017, at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, that the worldwide release of the game would be November 17th, 2017, with those who pre-order getting the game three days early, and those with EA Access on November 9th.
On the 5th of October, it was announced that Battlefront players on the PC, Xbox and PS4 would get a chance to test out the game in Star Wars Battlefront II’s official Beta. The Beta was downloadable from the 6th of October, and was intended to end on the 9th of October, but so many people were playing it and giving feedback that EA extended the end date to the 11th of October.
At EA Play 2017, the first multiplayer gameplay trailer for the game was unveiled, along with a livestream featuring the Galactic Assault on Naboo: Theed. It was also confirmed that the post-release content would be free, starting with the first season including heroes Finn and Captain Phasma and the planet Crait from The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: Battlefront III EditStar Wars: Battlefront III was set to be the fifth game in the Star Wars:
Battlefront video game series. (After Battlefront I, II, and Renegade Squadron and Elite Squadron) but officially a third installation of the baseline series including the original Battlefront and Battlefront 2. Although Lucasarts never officially claimed that the third installment would be made; as it was a leaked Pre-Alpha footage from Free Radical that made the claim public in 2008. But soon, Free Radical's shift their focus on finishing their other games, the "Battlefront 3" project was canceled.
In 2009, the rumors of Battlefront III development shifted over to Rebellion Developments. However, the outcome turned out to be Elite Squadron. A small preview was shown on GameSpy and the game was thought to be presented at E3 2010, but - to the dismay of many players, it was not.
Spark Unlimited became the focus over the next few months due to the video analysis by a YouTuber named "Tuggiegamesreview" and their website's subsequent match-up with Lucasarts own website concerning an "Unannounced Game" which states:
"We are in FULL PRODUCTION of a high-profile, popular game property for a major publishing partner. With the public disclosure expected sometime in 2012, we are looking for innovative and creative professionals to bring to life a Triple-A game for an awaiting, highly critical audience. Employing agile techniques (SCRUM) we are developing this product utilizing our experiences with the Unreal engine."
But, again, this ends with disappointed fans as the game was revealed to be Lost Planet 3.
Star Wars: Battlefront OnlineEdit
In 2010, it was rumored that an online-only Battlefront title was in development by Slant Six Games. However, it was later revealed that this game was canceled after the developer missed its 2010 release deadline.
Star Wars: First AssaultEdit
In 2012, Lucasfilm ltd. purchased the domain name starwarsfirstassault.com. Soon after, leaked concept art and gameplay surfaced, revealing it to be a multiplayer shooter by Lucasarts downloadable in the X-Box Live Arcade. However, the game was never released before Lucasarts was shut down in early 2013. It would have featured infantry combat between Rebel Soldiers and Stormtroopers, and many viewed it as a prototype to a future version of Battlefront III. It would have included microtransactions.
- Official Star Wars: Battlefront site
- Official Star Wars: Battlefront II site
- Official Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron site
- Star Wars: Battlefront III Confirmed
| Battlefront Series |
|Main Series||Star Wars: Battlefront (2004) • Star Wars: Battlefront II • Star Wars Battlefront (2015) (Expansion Packs include: Outer Rim, Bespin, Death Star, Rogue One: Scarif) • Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)|
|Spin-Offs||Renegade Squadron • Elite Squadron • Mobile Squadrons|
|Other||Star Wars: Battlefront III • Battlefront: Twilight Company • Star Wars Battlefront Companion