Droidekas, Tanks, and an Anakin skin, oh my! Star Wars Battlefront II is receiving some fantastic new additions in the near future, as presented in a trailer and tweet by Dennis Brännvall, franchise design director for the game.
Specifically, Droidekas will come alongside the Galactic Republic TX-130 tank from the Clone Wars, along with a General Anakin skin from the same time period. We will also be seeing the addition of the 212th Recon Division and 41st Scout Battalion troopers’ skins, and everything will be coming later this month.
As seen in the trailer, the Droidekas look to be faithful to their on-screen depictions, packing twin blasters and shield generators that can make quick work of foes at the cost of mobility, but quickly can to transform their shape by curling into a ball and moving swiftly across a surface, meaning that they can enter battle as if from nowhere and set up to be a dominating force.
One interesting point from the lore is Anakin’s advice to Ahsoka Tano, on how to take on these deadly opponents, "Destroyers are blind from behind. A distraction combined with a rear assault will give you a kill. The trick is to get the right speed on the droid popper." In true fashion, Jedi players should destroy Droidekas from behind.
The Galactic Republic TX-130 tank is an exciting addition to the game as well, both because we can never have too much Clone Wars in our Star Wars, but also because the twin mounted cannons look to be a force to be reckoned with. Concentrating fire at a target is likely to leave it a smoldering ruin in no time at all.
We know that the TX-130 is supposed to be known for its mix of speed and firepower, so it will be interesting to see how the tank feels in the game. If it is too slow, it will feel inauthentic, but if it is too fast, it might become the perfect tool for support, and for the brave, a ridiculously unexpected ambush.
Finally, General Anakin from the Clone Wars era is arriving as a skin, most notably in the heavier style of clothing or armor he wears. The colors are a mix of light and dark, which is a stark contrast to when we see Anakin in Episode III, by which point his Jedi robes are much darker, telegraphing his eventual transition from Jedi to Sith.
At the end of the trailer, we are also told that more is being added in the near future. First, in the planet Felucia, which was shown as concept art, and was the place where Jedi Aayla Secura was betrayed during Order 66. Does this mean that Aayla Secura will be joining Battlefront II as a hero in the near future?
Star Wars Battlefront II is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.