Electronic Arts confirmed that Star Wars: Battlefront will be out this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC recently, as the Inquisitr reported. That means it is time to start teasing the release of the highly anticipated multiplayer shooter. Developer DICE is starting slow, though, with concept art set on the planet of Endor released Thursday while mentioning how map sizes will vary.
The concept art given to IGN shows lots of details that could end up in the final version of Star Wars: Battlefront. Eyes will immediately be drawn to the AT-ST walking forward and firing, while another damaged and smoking walker lies on the ground. This suggests a vehicle damage model similar to that of the Battlefield series, where destroyed vehicles will linger around the map for at least a little while.
Interestingly, there is either a fire burning behind the still standing AT-ST, or possibly an explosion. It’s hard to tell if one of the tree trunks has fallen, which would be a hint towards destructible environments.
In the left foreground are two rebel soldiers. The leftmost one appears to be female, indicating that both genders will be playable in the game. She is also carrying a standard blaster, while her partner is sporting a scoped rifle.
On the bottom right is two Stormtroopers. One is carrying a standard Imperial blaster, while the other is preparing to throw a grenade at an unseen foe.
Just barely in the background, to the left of the AT-ST, you can see what looks like one of the platforms for an Ewok village. Maybe players will be able to climb and attack from heights in Star Wars: Battlefront as well? That’s a possibility for at least this map, as DICE stresses the importance of map variety.
“The scale of our maps and modes offer a great variety” depending on the location, Design Director Niklas Fegraeus explained.
“We have actually made the decision to specifically tailor certain maps to certain game modes,” Fegraeus continued, “and what we get from that is not only incredibly varied scales, but also gameplay that will allow players to live out some of their most memorable Star Wars battle fantasies.”
What those game modes are is obviously unknown at this point. Conquest seems to be certain, given that it is a staple for DICE and its Battlefield series. However, the tree cluttered forests of Endor are sure to play differently than the snowy wasteland that is Hoth.
The Star Wars universe is not lacking when it comes to variety. From the six films to the upcoming December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, DICE has plenty of material to work with. Coincidentally, Star Wars: Battlefront will release this fall. Makes one wonder if what kind of tie-in we might see between the game and the movie.
[Images via IGN]