Star Wars has always been bigger than the movies, but that’s especially true in 2017. Sure, you can watch the films and the movies alone and have a great time, but keeping up with the official canon means watching TV shows and reading books and buying large stacks of comics. And now, with the impending arrival of Star Wars Battlefront 2, that means playing new video games that fill in critical gaps in the timeline.
The new Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer is all about story – there is no gameplay to be found. However, this means that this trailer may interest the non-gamers, people who are interested in the lore but don’t know their way around a video game controller. In fact, the perspective here is twisted enough to pique the interest of even the most jaded fan.
The Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer makes it clear from the start: you’re playing as the bad guys. But in true Star Warsfashion, you get to play as the bad guys after they’ve become the underdog. Battlefront 2 takes place after the Battle of Endor and the death of Emperor Palpatine, placing you in the shoes of a loyal Imperial commando named Iden Versio, leader of the Inferno Squad, who isn’t going to let the Empire fall without a fight. That means lots of blasting, lots of TIE Fighting, lots of taking orders from a programmed A.I. that delivers Palpatine’s posthumous orders, and lots of squabbling with the remaining Imperial leadership.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 hits shelves on November 17, 2017. That’s the same day as Justice League and Netflix’s The Punisher, which means you have one crazy weekend to plan for next month.