The Last Jedi update has arrived in Star Wars Battlefront 2. This first major dollop of DLC is free and brings new heroes (Finn and Phasma), new maps (Crait and D'Qar), new hero ships (Tallie Lintra and an upgrade for Poe) and new story chapters.

Importantly, these new story chapters will not spoil The Last Jedi film. Here are the spoiler guidelines tweeted by Battlefront 2 writer Mitch Dyer.

  • If you're going into the film totally blind, play the DLC after the movie!
  • If you've seen the trailers, you're all clear to enjoy Iden's new story!
  • We do not spoil The Last Jedi's story in any way!

The 9.79GB update also includes significant balance changes for all Star Wars Battlefront 2 heroes, particularly Lando, Emperor Palpatine and Chewbacca, who've been buffed. There are no outright nerfs although Boba Fett has been neutered slightly and Yoda's Presence, and Rey's Mind Control, have been sorted out so they don't interfere with other people's abilities.

Before I list the Hero changes there's also a notable alteration related to Star Cards. The second and third slots are now unlocked for all four Trooper classes from the get go, and everyone will be given three common-tier Star Cards (again, from the get go) with which to fill out their hand.

There are also apparently improvements/fixes to areas where they're sorely needed, like server lag, game stuttering and collision/traversal issues on various maps.

The Star Wars Battlefront 2 patch notes for build 1.0 are as follows:

Hero changes

Lando

  • Increased Sharp Shot damage from 190 to 200
  • Increased Sharp Shot range from 20 to 40 meters
  • Closing attacks for lightsaber wielders are cancelled while in the smoke
  • The Hot and Cold Star Card now works as intended

Rey

  • Mind Control no longer blocks the target's abilities
  • Survivor Star Card now has the correct description

Yoda

  • Extra health gained by Presence is no longer removed when going on cooldown, instead health starts depleting after 10 seconds
  • Increased Presence recharge time from 16 to 20 seconds
  • Increased Dash damage from 100 to 130
  • Presence no longer cancels Darth Vader's Choke ability
  • Jedi Mentor Star Card now has the correct description
  • Master of the Force Star Card now works as intended
  • Agility Star Card now correctly grants 1 extra dash instead of 2

Emperor Palpatine

  • Increased health from 650 to 700
  • Increased maximum regeneration from 150 to 300
  • Increased regeneration rate from 50 to 75
  • Decreased 1-hand Force lightning cost from 15 stamina/sec to 10 stamina/sec
  • Decreased 2-handed Force lightning cost from 20 stamina/sec to 15 stamina/sec

Chewbacca

  • Increased Bowcaster's fire rate from 80 to 90
  • Increased Bowcaster's Power increase per second from 0.9 to 2.5
  • Increased Bowcaster's number of blaster shot from 1 to 3 on the base power modifier
  • The middle grenade of Shock Grenade is fired away from Chewbacca and not towards him
  • Increased Charge Slam's radius from 3 to 6
  • Multi-Shock Star Card now the correct description
  • Multi-Shock Star Card now works as intended
  • Bonus Health Star Card now properly reward health bonus
  • Enemies defeated by Chewbacca's Charge Slam are now sent flying

Bossk

  • Increased Predator Instinct's heat per bullet by 0.005
  • Decreasing Predator Instinct's maximum possible active time while firing by 1 second
  • Adjusted Bossk's Battle Points cost on certain maps

Boba Fett

  • Decreased each rank of bonus damage gained from Anti-hero rockets by 4
  • Decreased each rank of extra rockets gained from Intense Barrage by 1
  • For the Hunt doesn't give back fuel to the jetpack anymore, instead fuel won't deplete while it is active
  • The jetpack icon will now turn yellow when Boba Fett uses the For the Hunt ability, indicating that jetpack fuel is unlimited while the ability is active
  • The Blaster Disabler ability no longer disables Boba Fett's, or his allies', blaster when triggered

Han Solo

  • Sharpshooting Frenzy Star Card now has the correct description

Leia Organa

  • Relentless Firing Star Cards now works as intended
  • High Spirit Star Card now works as intended

Darth Maul

  • Furious Throw can now damage objectives and vehicles

General changes

  • Made improvements in reducing game server lag on large game modes
  • Made improvements in reducing micro-stuttering/freezes during gameplay
  • Made improvements to the idle-kick logic that detects players who aren't participating in the match
  • Reduced Flame Trooper damage over time effect and increase direct damage done to enemies in the center of the cone
  • Adjusted spawn positions on Hoth while playing Strike
  • Fixed an issue where players could use Jetpack Boost twice in a row, avoiding its cooldown
  • Fixed an issue where players could not deploy in the LAAT at certain times
  • Fixed an issue where players could spawn on top of each other at certain times
  • Fixed an issue where Credits are not rewarded properly to all players at End of Round
  • Fixed several localization and audio issues
  • Fixed several collision and traversal issues on Kashyyyk
  • Fixed several collision and traversal issues on Endor
  • Fixed several collision and traversal issues on Tatooine
  • Fixed several collision and traversal issues on Yavin 4
  • Fixed an issue where the player is unable to zoom in after throwing a Detonite Charge
  • Fixed an issue where Heroes could be instantly defeated if being run over by a Speeder
  • Fixed several scoring event issues
  • Unlocked the 2nd and 3rd Star Card slots for all four Trooper Classes
  • With these slots unlocked, all new players, and existing players, will receive three Common Star Cards per Trooper Class to fill out their hand
  • General bugfixes and polish
  • Several stability and performance improvements

Arcade changes

  • Fixed an issue where players would be invisible to each other in Versus Custom Arcade
  • Fixed an issue where Darth Vader's Choke ability would instantly kill an enemy who stayed near a wall
  • Fixed an issue where Bossk's Star Card Trap Arming Speed would not work as intended
  • Fixed some LOD issues
  • Fixed some VO issues
  • Fixed some UI scaling issues
  • Fixed some clipping issues
  • Fixed some lighting issues
  • Fixed some textures issues
  • Removed an invisible platform on Kamino
  • General bugfixes and polish

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