Hello! We’re off! The lights go down and a video plays…!
Rebels and scout troopers battle on Endor on speeder bikes, walkers attack. Sound is booming, graphics look like they’re right from the movies! Plus, Vader and the Falcon! Huge ovation.
Host David Collins takes the stage! He introduces Doug Chiang of Lucasfilm and three developers from DICE.
“It was a mind blowing experience to get the chance to work on something like this.”
They were nervous at first, as Star Wars is “sacred,” but then said “we’ll figure it out.” The audience cheers.
They’ve collaborated with Doug Chiang — concept artist at Lucasfilm. “It’s been amazing,” Chiang says. “I totally admire the team at DICE. This could be a feature film.”
The DICE team was invited to Lucasfilm, and thought of the movie Fanboys — now it was real. Seeing the props, Darth Vader’s helmet, “feeling you’re amongst history” was amazing. “It’s been an incredible journey making this game.”
The team photographed original props in the Lucasfilm Archives for the game.
They also visited Star Wars locations, including the redwood forests. Collins clarifies — all the graphics shown in the trailer are in-game graphics. “I think we all agree the results were pretty incredible.”
Gameplay! You can play first person and third person in the game. The crowd cheers!
Darth Vader and Boba Fett are in the trailer — and our iconic Star Wars heroes will be in, as well.
The planet at the end of the trailer? Sullust! Chiang says they’ve done early development on the planet a long time ago, and he’s thrilled that DICE has used that exploration to introduce the planet.
Chiang: In a film, you only get “a glimpse” of a planet. Here, you’ll get to explore it all.
Fond memories of the films? The label on their VHS tapes wore off from watching them so much.
When can we play Star Wars Battlefront? On November 17!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18 — one month later. Is there any connection between Battlefront and The Force Awakens? “Yes, there is.” Remember the downed Star Destroyer on Jakku from the trailer? Not long after the Battle of Endor is the Battle of Jakku — and it’s coming as free DLC on December 8!
If you pre-order the game, you get to play the Battle of Jakku one week early. Cheers from the crowd!
Special giveaway for three fans — a Battlefront-themed box with PS4, and a download for Battlefront! Winning tickets are taped under three random seats!
First winner is Chase, second is Larry, third is Matthew! Big applause.
Chiang: “To see these environments come to life…that was a really fun treat for me.”
“A lot of love has went into the game, and I think you’ll agree.”
And the trailer rolls one more time!
That’s it! Thanks for reading!
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