To the delight of “Star Wars” followers in every single place, EA’s “Battlefront II” is out later this week and can differ from its 2015 unique in that there is now a single-player story mode.
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What meaning is the sport comes geared up with a brand new story that matches into the official foremost “Star Wars” storyline, through which followers will be capable of see the after-effects of “Return of the Jedi” from the angle of the Imperial forces. Basically you may see how the unhealthy guys handled dropping their secret weapon, besides they do not consider themselves as unhealthy.
There’s additionally a PlayStation advert marketing campaign that mirrors the brand new story, one of many first business spots delivered to you right here solely by ABC News.
Lucasfilm Games Vice President Douglas Reilly and PlayStation’s advertising and marketing head, Mary Yee, gave ABC News an inside take a look at this highly-anticipated sport, together with what it means for the “Star Wars” timeline and what to anticipate in the way in which of latest characters and adventures.
The ‘unhealthy guys’ perspective
The sport takes place proper after the second Death Star has been destroyed by Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion, and has a reasonably large time hole to work with, provided that “The Force Awakens” did not occur within the storyline until a long time later.
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The sport and story additionally observe within the footsteps of a few of the universe’s boldest heroines, like Leia, Rey and Jyn, with newcomer Iden Versio.
Actress Janina Gavankar performs Versio, the chief of the Inferno Squadron crew, who’re a kind of particular forces fighter pilots on the heart of this story.
“She really came to this role and owned it,” Reilly instructed ABC News of the “True Blood” and “The League” actress. “She was prepared, she read books, She’s obviously a gamer’s gamer. She was perfect for the role on a number of levels.”
Versio and her Inferno Squad are troopers tasked to maintain the second Death Star protected, and for those who’ve seen “Return of the Jedi,” you know the way that goes. Versio additionally will get her devotion to the Empire’s trigger from her father, who’s a key Imperial officer.
“We’ve done some other Imperial storylines in books and games before,” Reilly mentioned. “This is a very unique individual person’s perspective though. Their perspective doesn’t view the Empire as the bad guys. But as somebody trying to bring order and control to a galaxy in chaos.”
‘Star Wars’ and feminine empowerment
Reilly mentioned having Versio on the forefront of this story should not shock “Star Wars” followers one bit.
“I think there’s this perception that we are suddenly now bringing female protagonists to this universe,” he mentioned. “I want to remind people that maybe the first empowered female protagonist, at least in this genre, started 40 years ago in 1977 with Carrie and Leia.”
Since then, Daisy Ridley fronted “The Force Awakens” in 2015 because the younger however highly effective Rey, and Felicity Jones starred because the artful Jyn Erson in final 12 months’s “Rogue One,” each enormous successes critically and financially for Lucasfilm.
“Janina is just an extension of that legacy,” Reilly mentioned.
Other new characters embody messenger droids, which you’ll see within the sport’s first trailer. After the emperor’s dying in “Return of the Jedi” by the hands of Darth Vader, these droids bodily hand out nefarious orders that have been put in place for such a circumstance.
“You see destruction of the second Death Star and this game takes you steps forward,” Reilly added. “What happens after that? That’s something you don’t see in the films.”
The story from this sport is simply one of many newer pushes from the Lucasfilm Story Group to fill within the “Star Wars” legacy in between movies with TV reveals, comedian books and now digital video games.
Listening to the followers
“We listened to the fans after the first ‘Battlefront’ that having a single-player campaign and story element was important,” Reilly mentioned. “We gave [EA, the developer of the game] the freedom to come to us with a story that inspired them.”
But along with the brand new story, followers can nonetheless play with a few of their different favorites in multiplayer modes with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and newbies like Rey and Kylo Ren. There’s even Darth Vader.
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The concept is “to make people feel like ‘Star Wars’ is for everyone,” Reilly added. “Young or old, there’s a piece of the universe you can relate to.”
And that was the concept behind the brand new PlayStation marketing campaign and business, which was meant to parallel the story and its feminine protagonist.
Reilly and Yee mentioned it took months to movie the brand new spot, which features a pleasant rivalry between a lady who favors the Empire and a younger boy who helps the Rebellion.
“It was as big of a commercial for games as I have been a part of in the 11 years I’ve been here,” Reilly mentioned.
Yee added, “‘Star Wars is so personal for everyone. We were so honored to bring to life this story honoring that [legacy], we developed this story that directly drops the game into this universe.”
Yee mentioned the concept of the marketing campaign and the sport is to “trigger these personal connections” that come from the “Star Wars” fan base.
“It really gave the piece heart,” Reilly mentioned of the idea. “It mirrors many people’s experience with ‘Star Wars.’ And they take those experiences and hand them down to their kids.”
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