‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ Adding New Mode With Free ‘Battle Of Jakku’ DLC

Star Wars: Battlefront - The Battle of Jakku (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The first, and so far only, free DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront just had a little more added to it that will possibly assuage complaints over lack of content. DICE dropped new details for The Battle of Jakku add-on, and revealed the all new “Turning Point” 40-player game mode in addition to the new maps for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Battle of Jakku serves as a tie-in of sorts to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by depicting one of the final battles between the Empire and Rebels on the planet of Jakku following the destruction of the Death Star and the Emperor’s death in Return of the Jedi. The DLC will feature two new maps, titled “Graveyard of Giants” and “Goazan Badlands.” The former is a large map meant for the “Walker Assault,” “Supremacy,” and “Fighter Squadron” modes, plus the new “Turning Point” mode. The latter map is for the remaining smaller player count modes, such as “Blast” and “Heroes vs. Villains.”

The setting of the new Star Wars: Battlefront DLC is a crashed Star Destroyer on the desert planet. For “Turning Point,” the Rebels are on the attack, and the Imperials must defend a hastily-constructed base and fortifications.

Star Wars: Battlefront - The Battle of Jakku (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
DICE Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall explained the rules and conditions of “Turning Point” in a post on the game’s website. It comes across as a new spin on Battlefield 4‘s “mode,” with a few twists thrown in.

What are the rules of Turning Point?

Rebels need to locate and capture one of three control points in Imperial control. The clock is ticking, but if the Rebel team succeeds with a capture additional time will be added and new control points will be available for capture. Moving through these increasingly challenging checkpoints, the ultimate goal is the Empire’s base where the final stand will take place.

What kinds of vehicles will be featured in Turning Point?

Since the starfighters are occupied in the battle above or simply destroyed, we wanted to highlight airspeeders and AT-STs in this mode. In contrast to its role in Walker Assault or Supremacy, the AT-ST is a slightly more defensive vehicle in this mode. Piloting it, you will need to move between areas a lot to meet the Rebel assault. If you’re in an airspeeder on the other hand, you’ll be on the offence, giving supportive fire to your Rebel team mates.

How does the chaotic battle beyond add to the overall gameplay experience?

The peripheral action on the larger map – Graveyard of Giants – is truly a great visual spectacle. The battles are ever-present; debris will be falling from the skies, and you’ll even see a Super Star Destroyer come crashing down during the round.”

The concept art shared for The Battle of Jakku so far portends possibly the most epic map yet for Star Wars: Battlefront. The AT-AT Walkers in the “Walker Assault” mode combined with impressive skyboxes of battles taking place in space above have been a visual treat on the existing maps. Now, players will get a crashed Star Destroy dominating a map and dwarfing the Walkers, while debris rains down from the sky and the ground is littered with crashed and smoking X-Wing fighters.

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This is the only free DLC that will be offered for Star Wars: Battlefront so far. The previously announced $50 Season Pass covered by Inquisitr revealed the following:

  • 4 expansion packs
  • 16 additional multiplayer maps featuring new locations
  • 4 new game modes
  • 4 more heroes and villains
  • Over 20 new pieces of “galactic tech,” including weapons, vehicles, and Star Cards

Details on the settings for the four expansion packs have not been revealed yet.

The Battle of Jakku will be released to those that pre-ordered Star Wars: Battlefront first on Tuesday, December 1. Everyone else will receive the free content a week later on Tuesday, December 8.

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