Star Wars: The Last Jedi is nearly upon us, and EA is celebrating the occasion by introducing content based on the film into Star Wars Battlefront II. Rey was playable from the start, but now the game has added both Finn and the First Order's Captain Phasma.
In addition, the update brings two new maps: Crait, a mineral-rich planet where Resistance fighters and First Order agents battle in Galactic Assault; and D'Qar, a Starfighter Assault arena based on the Resistance's base from The Force Awakens. The final big additions in the new update are a new vehicle--Tallie's A-Wing--and free campaign DLC titled Resurrection, which adds three more chapters to the story.
Outside of new content, Battlefront II is changing much of its balancing. Heroes such as Lando and Emperor Palpatine have received significant buffs, while Boba Fett's powerful anti-Hero rockets have been nerfed. Finally, the game's online stability has been improved in the patch, says EA, with plenty more bug fixes also included. The update weighs in at approximately 10 GB, depending on platform, and it's out now on PS4 and PC with an Xbox One release coming within a few hours. For more, check out all the patch notes at the bottom of this article.
Star Wars Battlefront II's Last Jedi celebrations started earlier this week with a new in-game event, which allows you to ally yourself with the First Order or New Republic. Doing so presents you with special, weekly faction quests over the next few weeks with rewards that correspond to your side.
"Completing these will not only reward you with Credits and Crafting Parts, but help edge your faction closer to victory, giving all members of that side additional rewards," developer DICE explained. "The other faction will get a crate of their own with lesser prizes, but it will hopefully come with a drive to fight back even harder."
For this first challenge, players have to rack up 50 kills with each trooper class. This doesn't need to be completed before the next challenges arrive; you have until the end of the season to finish and can complete them in any order.
Throughout the month, other new challenges and special events will also arrive, including a holiday playlist on December 27. Everything will be available on all platforms and is scheduled to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi on December 15.
This all comes after an update a few days ago that altered Battlefront II's progression. Players now earn Credits more quickly and should generally get their hands on new items in less time, although the fundamentals of how the progression system work remain unchanged. We're still waiting to find out how EA plans to reimplement microtransactions, a move that we know is coming.