Thanks to its upcoming Death Star expansion pack, Star Wars: Battlefront is finally bringing space combat through a new mode called Battle Station.
Many fans were met with disappointment when the game originally released without the said feature. Electronic Arts kept it vague, promising to add the feature in time but it has taken almost a year for the publisher to finally fulfill that promise. It’s important to note that one of the core and most-loved elements of the previous Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was in fact space combat.
During a panel at Gamescom 2016, EA announced that the new upcoming Battle Station game mode is designed for “massive skirmishes” in space. Players will choose to side with either the Rebel Alliance or Imperial. The former are going to be on the verge of staging an assault against the brutal forces of the Galactic Empire, allowing players to wreak havoc on the Death Star.
The battle sequence will take place in three phases. The Rebel Alliance will start with A-Wing and X-Wing fighters, while Imperial forces will start with TIE fighters and TIE interceptors. The objective in the first phase will be to take out as many enemy fighters as possible before taking the fight to the Star Destroyer.
In the second phase players will land in on the Death Star to pursue and capture a priority droid on foot. The Rebel Alliance will be able to choose the new hero Chewbacca while the Empire will have Bossk, the reptilian bounty hunter.
In the final stage, the fight will once again take to space as Rebel forces commence attack on the Death Star. At this point in the game, Rebel players can take on the role of Luke Skywalker as he attempts to blow the space station. Players on the side of the Empire will also be able to pursue Luke as Darth Vader in his TIE Advanced fighter.
The Death Star expansion pack is scheduled for release next month.