Star Wars: Battlefront is looking for a way to entice owners of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC shooter to buy DLC. DICE and Electronic Arts have elected for a free trial this week of the Outer Rim expansion originally released back in March.
The Outer Rim add-on will be available to all Star Wars: Battlefront players from May 13 through May 15. The trial will include all of the new maps, game modes, Heroes, and Hutt Contracts. However, the specific weapons and Star Cards that were added via the DLC will only be accessible to those that purchased it or the Season Pass.
DICE focused on close-quarters combat for Star Wars: Battlefront with the Outer Rim maps. The new maps are located in and around Jabba's palace on Tatooine and the factories of Sullust. The two new Tatooine maps include the entire interior of Jabba's home, including the garage with the sail barge from Return of the Jedi and the Rancor Pit. The Rancor isn't alive, though, as this takes place after the events of the final film in the original trilogy.
The palace maps feature lots of long hallways combined with verticality. Players can also venture outside the palace to find flanking routes.
The new Extraction mode is a 15 vs. 15 gametype that tasks the Rebels with escorting a cargo cart through checkpoints while the Imperials attempt to stop it, similar to the Pay Load gametype in other titles. Heroes will spawn as the shipment progresses from one checkpoint to the next. Only a Rebel hero will spawn at the first checkpoint, a hero for both sides will spawn at the second, and only the Imperial hero will spawn at the third and final checkpoint. The Hero pickup for each checkpoint is set by the map and will not respawn if killed. However, both sides can have up to two heroes playing at the same time.
Nien Nunb can lock down part of a map with a turret he can place that increases in power as kills are scored. Just be aware the turret's power resets if it is destroyed or picked up. Additionally, he can drop up to four proximity mines in smaller game modes while he gains an orbital strike in larger game modes. He also features the character's laugh straight out of Return of the Jedi.
The infamous Star Wars villain who was shot first by Han Solo shares the same concept of increasing power based on actions in the game. In this case, it involves Greedo's grenades. More powerful grenades, up to the Thermal Imploder, become available as the character strings together kills. DICE calls this a "Confidence Level," and it is displayed above the health bar. Dropping out of combat will reduce their power, though. The green-skinned bounty hunter also sprints almost as fast as Luke Skywalker.
The second Star Wars: Battlefront add-on is the Bespin DLC, which brings four maps set around Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back. It is scheduled for a summer, 2016, release and will include Lando Calrissian to the stable of heroes and bounty hunter Dengar to the villains.
Electronic Arts also confirmed Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is scheduled for 2017. This is conveniently timed for the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII.