'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' Unveils a Darth Sidious Robot in a New Trailer

Monday, 02 October 2017 - 10:06AM
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Monday, 02 October 2017 - 10:06AM
'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' Unveils a Darth Sidious Robot in a New Trailer
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Emperor Palpatine just won't stay dead.

A new cinematic trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has teased the return of Darth Sidious in some kind of robot hologram body that supposedly contains a series of recorded messages detailing his posthumous plans for the Empire.

The first thing that stands out about this short clip is just how phenomenally good this game looks. The level of CGI animation here is so sophisticated that it brings to mind the resurrected Peter Cushing from last year's Rogue One, and while it's not quite as advanced as what ILM can muster when given an unlimited budget, the fact that the entire scene is CGI really helps to make it less jarring than seeing a digital Grand Moff Tarkin talking to a flesh-and-blood Ben Mendelsohn.



SWB2's approach to the story campaign actually creates an interesting parallel with the older Star Wars canon. When Disney first bought the rights to George Lucas' iconic space opera, one of their first decisions involved stripping away the Expanded Universe in order to start again with something that was less unwieldy and convoluted.

This meant getting rid of a post-Return of the Jedi timeline in which the Emperor lived on for a time in a series of clone bodies, recruited Luke Skywalker as his new apprentice, and essentially undid all the big events of the third Star Wars movie in order to give the heroes a villain to face.

It made sense to ditch that storyline, but bringing back a simpler version of it (a pre-recorded battle plan from the Emperor) may allow this new story campaign to hit similar plot points that have already proven to be a big hit with Star Wars fans.

There's a lot riding on the story in this game. The biggest complaint about the first Battlefront was its complete lack of a single-player mode, especially since the now-ancient Battlefront duology of the last decade managed to pull off such a good job of storytelling. Now, it's clear from the new trailer that the big selling point of this game will be its cinematic experience.

And hey, if EA isn't above resurrecting dead characters from earlier Star Wars tales, there may be a canonical reason for why Darth Maul is fighting Yoda in an earlier trailer for the game.
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