Yesterday, DICE took to the official Star Wars: Battlefront website to reveal an all new game for for the upcoming highly anticipated FPS. This new game mode which is named Drop Zone, has been described as a tactical, yet action filled, mode where players would need to keep their senses sharp and their eyes on the sky.
The game mode is similar to the "King-of-the-Hill" styled gameplay where players would need to control a certain point for as long as they possibly can. The main objective of the Drop Zone mode, is to focus on the Drop Pods falling from the atmosphere to the ground below. Teams of 8 vs 8 need to fight to capture and control these Drop Pods.
When a player makes it to the Drop Pod, they need to stand by it in order to officially capture it. If you ever played a game of Conquest in the Battlefield series, this mode will feel right at home with you. In order to win, one team will need to capture all 5 Drop Pods, and control a majority of then after the 10 minute match is up. If a pod is constantly changing possession with no team able to defend it long enough to claim it, another pod will be sent down to break the stalemate. Then, there would be two pods that the teams have to gain control over.
Claiming Drop Pods comes with another perk: they contain Power Pickups. Once successfully claimed, the pod will start to open. It may take a few moments, but being patient will be worth the risk as the reward will be great. The mode is set to conflict player choices, because when claimed pod is opening up, another one will hit the surface on another part of the map and claiming the other pod may be the wiser move.
Lead Level Designer, Dennis Brännvall, says that "camping doesn't pay off" in this mode due to campers most likely being destroyed by an Orbital Strike by the enemy team, or some explosives planted by quick thinking players. “We’re promoting the idea of a fast, action-packed game where you need to be mobile and think on your feet."
Using Droids and Turrets to give your team a tactical advantage is always a wise move. For instance, throw down a turret and give your partner a shout that you've got this section covered, or deploy a Viper Droid that outlines where enemies are coming from.
Star Wars: Battlefront releases on November 17th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.