‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ Takes On Team Deathmatch With ‘Blast’

Star Wars: Battlefront has already revealed the Walker Assault, and have talked of an air combat mode to go along with the co-op mode. DICE revealed a more traditional mode on Thursday with “Blast,” a Team Deathmatch mode for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC shooter.

“Blast” is a 10 versus 10 Team Deathmatch mode for Star Wars: Battlefront that pits Rebel and Imperial forces against one another. The winner of the match is the team that reaches 100 kills first or has the most kills once 10 minutes have passed. DICE explains that the goal is for the mode to be “Immediate, addictive, and exciting until the very last kill.”

The same planets from “Walker Assault” will be used for “Blast,” but will vary both in size and overall look. The maps are designed for Team Deathmatch, with only 20 players in mind, and are not just smaller versions of existing maps, according to DICE. Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall explains these differences in a post on the Battlefront website.

“One battle you’ll be fighting within interior levels on Endor or Sullust. In the next battle, you might find yourselves among Tatooine’s dusty canyons, or inside the undeniably cool Ice Caves on Hoth. My favorite is the verticality of Tatooine, fighting by the Sandcrawler.”

“Say you’ve just played Walker Assault mode on Hoth and then switched to Blast, still on Hoth. Thanks to variations in lighting and time of day, you’ll definitely see a difference,” he continued.

There are some other significant differences between “Blast” and “Walker Assault.” For starters, Hero and Villain characters will be excluded from the team deathmatch. That means no upgrade to Darth Vader in an attempt to dominate the battlefield. Additionally, vehicles will not be present either, which means that fighting will strictly be on foot and in-person.

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DICE says this makes choosing your weapon load out more critical in the mode, along with the weapon pickups scattered about the map.

“Whether you pick up a Droid scanning for nearby enemies or a turret that’ll control a zone for you, the pickups can really turn the tide of a Blast match,” says Brännvall. “They are not around every corner though, so keep your eyes peeled.”

No new Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay footage was released with the announcement of “Blast.” It is likely that will be shown during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, next week where DICE is planning several other reveals for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC shooter.

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