Questions about what free and paid DLC will be coming to Star Wars: Battlefront were answered Tuesday. DICE and Electronic Arts laid out their plans for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC multiplayer shooter for the next year. A new free content drop is happening this week, but the Death Star and Cloud City loom on the horizon.
DICE and Electronic Arts have been promoting the Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass with only a vague overview of 4 paid expansion packs with 16 new multiplayer maps, new locations, 4 new game modes, 4 new heroes and villains, along with new weapons, vehicles, and Star Cards. Not everything has been revealed yet, but it is now guaranteed Battlefront players will be headed to the Death Star, Cloud City, and Jabba’s palace.
The release cadence is steady, with one new paid DLC pack per season over the next year. Battlefront players may be served well when combined with the free DLC releases.
- Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim (March 2016) – Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine
- Star Wars Battlefront Bespin (Summer 2016) – It’s hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin
- Star Wars Battlefront Death Star (Fall 2016) – That’s no moon! One of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe makes its debut in Star Wars Battlefront.
- Star Wars Battlefront Expansion Pack 4 – Title TBA (Early 2017) – We will have more details to share about this exciting new expansion pack in the coming months.
Four expansion packs with 16 new multiplayer maps should equal four maps for each of these DLC releases. The Death Star and Bespin are particularly exciting for the Fighter Squadron game mode, though that never technically happened in Cloud City in the films.
The Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass costs $50 for those interested. Each DLC will also be sold individually for $15.
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On the free DLC front, the Star Wars: Battlefront January update will drop to both consoles and the PC on Wednesday. It adds new Hoth-based outfits for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, along with unlocking the Tatooine Survival map for the smaller game modes. Additionally, Private Matches can be set up, and there is a laundry list of gameplay balance tweaks to heroes, villains, weapons, and vehicles that is best read in the patch notes on Battlefront website. However, here is the high-level overview of what is being added.
- The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
- New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.
- We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.
- The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster.
In terms of gameplay changes, he most eye bits are changes to anti-vehicle weapons, such as the ION Torpedo. The time to replenish the weapon has been increased while its lock on range has been decreased. Meanwhile, the Millennium Falcon and Slave I both got a hefty nerf to their health pools, with a 30 percent decrease.
This is the first free update of 2016, with more planned in the coming months. The February update will come with a new Hoth Survival map, along with a Hoth multiplayer map that supports Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron, and Turning Point. Even better, Turning Point will finally make its way to other maps after being stuck on Jakku, like Rey.
Details for the March free update include a new Endor multiplayer map for Walker Assault, Supremacy, and Turning Point, plus a new Tatooine Survival map. It’s unknown if free updates will continue past March, but Senior Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir said DICE plans to listen to the community and provide updates throughout the year.
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