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Star Wars Battlefront is getting Rogue One DLC ahead of film's launch

Star Wars Battlefront is getting Rogue One DLC ahead of film's launch

UPDATE: New trailer shows off the upcoming expansion.

UPDATE 01/12/2016 6.22pm: EA has released the following new trailer showing off more of Star Wars Battlefront's Rogue One: Scarif expansion.

ORIGINAL STORY 17/11/2016 9.34pm: Star Wars Battlefront's final expansion, Rogue One: Scarif, will launch on 6th December, 10 days ahead of Rogue One's 16th December theatrical premiere.

The DLC adds four new maps, including the sandy tropical planet of Scarif, where Imperial troopers plow through the jungle in AT-ACTs. You can catch a glimpse of that in the trailer below.

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The Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC (downloadable content) rolled out yesterday, and with it, a big patch. Among the big list of changes was one in particular you should know about: the ability to equip two Trait cards in a battle. I've been playing this afternoon and it's worth pointing out that this doesn't mean you can have two Traits active at the same time, at least not from what I can see.

The Death Star DLC looks snazzy in Star Wars Battlefront

Get a load of Chewbacca and Bossk's powers - they're beasts!

The Death Star: such a great idea the Star Wars films did it thrice. It's coming to Star Wars Battlefront as paid downloadable content 20th September, and there's a finally a gameplay trailer showing it off.

Star Wars Battlefront's DLC might have gotten off to a slow start - I haven't got on at all with the Bespin or Outer Rim packs, but I've enjoyed pretty much everything else that has come to the game since its launch in December - but the next pack sounds like the real deal. Themed on the iconic Death Star, it comes with an all-new mode that sounds like it could be amazing.

Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil in turmoil

The Empire strikes back.

Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil, the fan-made remake of the never-released Battlefront 3, is dead. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced etc etc.

Rogue One is coming to Star Wars Battlefront

While Jyn and Krennic join as heroes.

Star Wars Battlefront's fourth and final DLC pack will bring locations and characters from this winter's Rogue One to the shooter, with the tropical planet of Scarif complemented by Jyn and Krennic - the characters played by Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.

Bespin DLC and big patch released for Star Wars: Battlefront

The Star Wars: Battlefront Bespin DLC arrives today and introduces the Cloud City and new heroes Lando Calrissian and Dengar, among other things. And alongside Bespin comes a beefy free new update for everyone.

In that free universal update is a rank increase to 70 as well as a new appearance unlock for both Rebel (Bespin wing guard) and Imperial (Shock Trooper) sides. The patch also changes Leia's honor guard personal troops into Royal Guards, and Palpatine's bodyguards into Alderaan Guards.

There are a long list of tweaks and alterations, including a few buffs to old Palpy and even to Boba Fett can you believe.

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Star Wars Battlefront's Bespin DLC gets a release date

Star Wars Battlefront's second big batch of DLC is coming on June 21st to Season Pass holders, with other players having access to the new content a couple of weeks later.

The next DLC pack for DICE's sublime-looking multiplayer shooter is themed on Bespin's Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back, and it promises to introduce some of the large-scale warfare that was missing from the Outer Rim DLC. It will also introduce new heroes in the form of Lando Calrissian and the bounty hunter Dengar, two new blasters in the shape of the X-8 Night Sniper and EE-4 blasters and maps which are yet to be fully revealed. For now, we've got this quite lovely bit of key art to whet our appetites.

A sequel to Star Wars Battlefront was announced last month, while several other EA studios are working on the licence. Perhaps we can hope to see more during this Sunday's E3 conference which kicks off at 9pm BST.

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EA decided against Star Wars Battlefront campaign to meet Force Awakens film launch

EA decided against Star Wars Battlefront campaign to meet Force Awakens film launch

Promises series will improve on current Metacritic rating.

EA decided there would be no campaign in Star Wars Battlefront to make sure it could be released at the same time as Episode 7: The Force Awakens.

Patrick Soderlund, EA Studios boss, explained the decision last night in an investor broadcast where he touched on criticisms of the DICE-developed shooter.

The lack of a single-player campaign was a "conscious decision", Soderlund stated.

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Star Wars: Battlefront sequel due next year

Star Wars: Battlefront sequel due next year

Amy Hennig's game to follow in 2018.

Star Wars: Battlefront will receive a sequel next year, publisher EA confirmed in a financial call earlier today.

This shouldn't be a huge surprise as Star Wars: Battlefront sold exceptionally well with over 14m copies shipped in just over four months.

EA also noted that Uncharted creator Amy Hennig's Star Wars game at Visceral will "most likely" launch in 2018.

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The Star Wars Day game sales and promotions

The Star Wars Day game sales and promotions

"I've got a bad feeling about this."

Looking for a Rey to spend your money? Ren look no further for it is Star Wars Day! M'az Kanata believe it!

There are promotions on Steam, GOG, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the App Store. Google Play doesn't seem to be doing anything significant. There are a handful of promotions surrounding Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars Battlefront, including a PS4 and Origin discount to the game - and 50 per cent off on Xbox Live if you're a Gold member.

On Xbox Live the promotion is a bit naff: earn £3 promotional credit when you buy the film Force Awakens and play Star Wars Battlefront.

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Star Wars Battlefront May 4th content and May client update detailed

Tomorrow is Star Wars Day - "May the fourth be with you" - and in celebration EA has gifts planned for Star Wars Battlefront. Don't get too excited.

They are: 4,444 credits given for logging in; Jabba the Hutt stocking a new Bacta Bomb Star Card (not free); and a free, four-hour Origin trial. This is a trial for PC players only and does not include the paid Outer Rim content. The trial spans multiple game sessions so you needn't use the four hours all at once.

In addition, the May client update for Star Wars Battlefront has rolled out on all platforms. It mostly addresses things introduced to the game - either as free or paid content - last month. Paid new hero Nien Nunb, who builds turrets, has had his abilities dialled down a bit. But on the other hand, new weapons like the Dioxis Grenade, the Relby and the DT-12 have been buffed up.

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Star Wars Battlefront looks like it's getting more offline modes soon

Plus Lando confirmed as part of Bespin update in June.

EA's Star Wars Battlefront could be getting its much-requested offline mode bolstered, with an official blog post outlining the updates coming to the predominantly multiplayer shooter hinting there'll be more options coming soon for those that want to play without an internet connection.

Today's whopping 8GB Star Wars Battlefront update brings new weapons and Star Cards

A beefy 8GB update rolls out for Star Wars Battlefront today (timings here) in preparation for - but not exclusively for - the paid Outer Rim content.

Chief among the free new content available to all are new Hutt Contracts, which offer new weapons (the DL-18 and DT-12 pistols, and DLT-19X and RELBY-V10 targeting rifles) and Star Cards (Scatter Gun, Dioxis Grenade and Adrenaline Stim). You can see what they all do by logging into the Battlefront website. They all sound very powerful and presumably unlock at the highest levels (the upper Rank boundary has been increased to 60).

In addition, a new combat roll has been added for all non-Hero characters, and the Multiplayer menu has been redesigned and apparently now gets you into a game mode more quickly. Teams will now rebalance between map changes, and you'll be able to highlight objectives during battles to better organise your attack.

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Star Wars: Battlefront's Outer Rim DLC detailed

UPDATE: Release date and new gameplay trailer emerges.

UPDATE 17/03/206 7.21pm: Star Wars: Battlefront's upcoming Outer Rim expansion has been dated for 22nd March with a Season Pass. Those without one will have to wait an additional two weeks, so you're looking at 5th April.

Star Wars Battlefront patch nerfs Boba Fett, DL-44, Bowcaster, Homing Shot

Star Wars Battlefront patch nerfs Boba Fett, DL-44, Bowcaster, Homing Shot

"What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me. "

Star Wars Battlefront has been patched and there are nerfs - that is, certain things have been reduced in power, and most of the main offenders have been addressed.

Like... Boba Fett. His missiles won't lock onto targets any more, and the explosion radius of his rockets has been reduced from 4 to 2.5 meters. Specifically, the power of his blaster at range has been reduced.

Here are Boba Fett's specific changes, courtesy of EA:

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EA defends Star Wars Battlefront sales after GameStop claims launch "underperformed"

EA has defended Star Wars Battlefront's launch sales after US retail giant GameStop claimed the game had "underperformed".

Earlier this week, GameStop exec Tony Bartel told retail investors that a number of key November games had sold less than the chain had expected.

Star Wars Battlefront was one of three titles listed, along with Halo 5 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

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Star Wars Battlefront patched, Barrage and DL-44 reportedly nerfed

Star Wars Battlefront has been patched and Barrage, the rank 24 Star Card ability that lets you fire a volley of three grenades with a short fuse, appears to have been nerfed (weakened).

The patch notes for update 1.03 are vague, but the Battlefront forum and subreddit community report Barrage grenades now taking longer to explode, giving targets more time to run clear.

"Barrage takes SO MUCH LONGER TO BLOW UP IT'S 100 percent USELESS NOW," screeched Battlefront forum member Yotsi. "Even spamming across map Barrage does nothing. They did more then nerf it they killed it."

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Is Boba Fett overpowered in Star Wars Battlefront?

UPDATE: He is the most played Hero/Villain.

UPDATE 9TH DECEMBER: EA DICE has released a Star Wars Battlefront launch infographic that shows, among other things, Boba Fett as the most-played Hero or Villain. Luke is second, Han third, Leia fourth, Vader fifth and Palpy sixth.

We all know about the Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass - I even italicised it for effect. Forty bloody quid: that's a lot of dosh. No one has to buy it and the add-ons will be available separately, but that's not the point: the point is perception. Battlefront needs those extra maps and Heroes and modes and things, and even before launch we were being primed to pay again for it.

Star Wars Battlefront biggest ever Star Wars game launch in UK

Star Wars Battlefront has secured the biggest ever launch for a Star Wars game in the UK.

According to data from Chart-Track, which does not include download sales, DICE's multiplayer-focused shooter sold 117 per cent more units in its launch week than the previous best Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Star Wars Battlefront, which launched in the UK on Thursday, is the fourth biggest launch of any game in 2015, Chart-Track added, behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, FIFA 16 and Fallout 4.

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Star Wars Battlefront has been out for a day in the UK and for a few days in the US (and for a week if you count the EA Access early start on Xbox One), which is plenty of time for people to record themselves doing extraordinary things in it.

Why is Star Wars Battlefront a PEGI 16?

"Players can choke or electrocute their enemies, causing them to writhe in pain."

The Games Rating Authority has explained why Star Wars Battlefront has received a PEGI 16 rating, specifically citing the violence enacted by playable characters Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

Gameplay of canned Star Wars Battlefront 3 shows impressive ground-to-space tech

Free Radical Design's cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 3 has been shown off again in newly-leaked footage. It's our best look yet at what might have been.

The TimeSplitters and Second Sight studio had been developing the game for two years when LucasArts pulled the project back in 2006, a decision which caused the studio's fall into administration.

Free Radical's impressive ground-to-space technology is shown off in detail, as the player is seen taking off and flying around huge areas set on Hoth and Coruscant, then off into space to battle TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers.

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Yes, the Rebels had it tough in the Star Wars Battlefront beta

Were Empire forces at an unfair advantage in the Star Wars Battlefront beta's Walker Assault on Hoth battle? Everyone who played the beta has an opinion and usually it's the same one: yes.

Chiefly, the Empire has powerful AT-AT and AT-ST walkers the Rebel army has no obvious answer to, because elsewhere Luke Skywalker counters Darth Vader, and the T-47 Airspeeder and X-Wing power-ups counter the TIE Fighters and Interceptors.

The Rebel aim is to capture and hold Uplink Stations that call in AI Y-Wing bombers to trigger a period of AT-AT vulnerability, in which they can be harmed and destroyed. But they don't go down easily: you'll need a couple of vulnerability periods to shoot one down - and capturing and holding Uplink Stations while Imperial forces try to prevent you is hard. As a Rebel, the odds feel stacked against you, and more often than not, you lose - those little toy power generators are pew-pewed to high heaven.

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More than 9 million played the Star Wars Battlefront beta

How big is Star Wars Battlefront going to be this November/Christmas? If the beta is anything to go by: big (although the beta does not cost £40-50).

More than 9 million people logged into and played the Star Wars Battlefront beta over the past few days, EA DICE has announced. Making it, senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir added, "the single largest beta in the history of EA". Servers closed today at 4pm BST.

"Ever since we revealed Star Wars Battlefront back in April, we knew the beta would be a huge test for our game," she wrote. "After all, the beta has been one of the most talked about topics around the game over the last six months, and it was exciting (and a little nerve racking if I'm being completely honest) to open it up to the world.

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Star Wars Battlefront has a £40 Season Pass

Plus more on the new Hero Hunt multiplayer mode.

It's hardly surprising but here it is anyway: Star Wars Battlefront has a Season Pass. It buys four planned, upcoming expansion packs "filled with new content that will take you to new locations across a galaxy far, far away", says the Battlefront website. Season Passers also get a two-week head start on expansion content as well as an exclusive 'Shoot First' emote.

Star Wars Battlefront beta extended until Tuesday

Star Wars Battlefront beta extended until Tuesday

UPDATE: Ends 4pm BST / 5pm CEST / 8am PST.

UPDATE 13TH OCTOBER: You've got until 4pm today, UK time, to play the beta. EA announced on Twitter that servers will close at 4pm BST / 5PM CEST / 8AM PST.

ORIGINAL STORY 12TH OCTOBER: Missed the weekend's Star Wars Battlefront beta? Never fear - EA has extended its testing period until Tuesday, 13th October.

There's no firm time for the beta to now end, but it should mean you can get at least one extra evening of play.

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Yesterday, EA's Star Wars Battlefront beta support message was: "A lot of interest around the beta. We're bringing more PC servers online and appreciate your patience." That was 17 hours ago, and whatever EA DICE has done seems to be working - Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter, who couldn't find an online server to play on, on PC, most of yesterday, is now playing.

Star Wars: Battlefront beta data-mined, Leia, Han Solo and Emperor found

People poking around the Star Wars: Battlefront beta files on PC have found mention of other iconic heroes as well as something called Hero Hunt or Hero Battle.

The files mention the Emperor, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Boba Fett. Mined sound files attached to these characters can be listened to on SoundCloud. Thanks AGB and Reddit users TheeUberMedic and radgamerdan.

The sound recordings are curious. The Emperor's specifically reference killing Princess Leia, Han Solo and encountering Luke Skywalker. Whereas Leia references killing the Emperor and encountering Darth Vader. Han Solo, on the other hand, references killing Boba Fett and encountering Darth Vader. Could this be some kind of multi-hero battle? This thinking is fuelled further by the words "herobattle" and "herohunt" in file names.

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Star Wars: Battlefront beta already being live-streamed

Star Wars: Battlefront beta already being live-streamed

Players gain early access ahead of general Thursday roll-out.

The Star Wars: Battlefront beta is not due to launch worldwide until this Thursday, but streamers are already starting to get early access.

A number of streams have already popped up on Twitch, thanks to keys given out by EA and DICE developers on Twitter.

The beta, available on PC via Origin, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, includes the 40-player Walker Assault on Hoth, and Drop Zone on Sullust.

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Star Wars Battlefront beta due in two weeks

Star Wars Battlefront beta due in two weeks

Includes three game modes, runs for four days.

The Star Wars Battlefront Beta will run from 8th-12th October on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, publisher EA has announced.

This is an open beta and is thus available to all players. No need to sign up.

The beta will be comprised of the following three modes:

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Star Wars Battlefront beta playable offline, open to everyone

You can play the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta offline, EA has confirmed.

The beta includes both offline and online modes, including co-op and split-screen co-op, community chief Mathew Everett wrote on the Star Wars Battlefront website.

The beta, which kicks off early October on PC via Origin, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, includes the 40-player Walker Assault on Hoth, and Drop Zone on Sullust.

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Star Wars Battlefront beta out early October

The Star Wars Battlefront beta comes out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin in early October, EA has announced.

Developer DICE said the beta includes Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. In this you have the chance to play as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

The beta also includes Survival Mission on Tatooine. Here, you and a Rebel friend fight waves of Imperial forces.

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Star Wars Battlefront details the Conquest-like Supremacy mode

Star Wars Battlefront details the Conquest-like Supremacy mode

Play as Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and Darth Vader.

Star Wars Battlefront's territory control based Supremacy mode has been detailed.

The goal of this epic mode is to gain control of five points scattered across the map. Each team begins with two points in their turf and will naturally rumble over the fifth point in the map's center. Once this is determined, the control points need to be claimed in a specific order for each team.

"When you spawn into Supremacy, you don't have to move far to see a lot of friends - and enemies," said lead level designer Dennis Brännvall on the game's official site. "You're thrown into a massive frontline, where your screen is filled with adversaries: infantry, Heroes, Walkers, and starfighters. You can prepare for very heavy and focused Star Wars action."

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Star Wars: Battlefront Fighter Squadron mode gameplay footage

Star Wars: Battlefront Fighter Squadron mode gameplay footage

X-Wings! TIE-Fighters! Millennium Falcon! And more.

DICE has shown off a first look at Star Wars: Battlefront's aerial combat mode, Fighter Squadron.

Footage shown during EA's Gamescom 2015 press conference showed off dogfights between X-Wings and TIE-Fighters.

An Imperial Shuttle, Boba Fett's Slave I and the Millennium Falcon are also included.

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Star Wars Battlefront details team-based Blast Mode

Star Wars Battlefront details team-based Blast Mode

10 vs 10 team deathmatch with no vehicles.

Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE has detailed its upcoming Blast Mode.

As covered on Star Wars Battlefront's official site, this will be a fairly conservative 10 vs 10 team-based competitive mode. The game ends when either a team reaches 100 kills, or the 10-minute time-limit expires. Whichever happens first.

Lead level designer Dennis Brännvall explained that every map alters its properties to custom suit each game mode. "Say you've just played Walker Assault mode on Hoth and then switched to Blast, still on Hoth. Thanks to variations in lighting and time of day, you'll definitely see a difference," he stated.

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Star Wars: Battlefront's closed alpha launches next week on PC

Star Wars: Battlefront's closed alpha launches next week on PC

Sign-ups now live, invites already going out.

Star Wars: Battlefront is getting a closed alpha on PC next week and invites are going out now.

You can sign up for your chance to partake in the alpha on the Star Wars: Battlefront official site between now and 12.59am UK time Tuesday, 30th June.

As reported by GearNuke, the closed alpha will be available for pre-load on 1st July and will unlock on 2nd July at 2am.

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Watch five minutes of Star Wars Battlefront

Hoth! Speeders! AT-ATs! Darth Vader!

EA, presumably entranced by the, um, extensive Pele interview that anchored its FIFA presentation, has released the Star Wars: Battlefront footage a little early. It's five whole minutes of Hoth-based action, and looks really rather special.

Watch this AT-AT mod invade Arma 3

While you wait for Star Wars: Battlefront...

Star Wars: Battlefront comes out in November, but you can get a taste of the action a little sooner via this new Arma 3 mod.

Star Wars: Battlefront release date leaked

Star Wars: Battlefront release date leaked

Plus 10 seconds of in-game footage and a screenshot.

Star Wars: Battlefront's release date has been leaked as 17th November, 2015.

The release date was discovered on the source code of the game's official site. AllGamesBeta and Videogamer both snagged screencaps of it before it was removed. The source code read: "The latest news and updates for Star Wars Battlefront. Available November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC."

This is in keeping with what we already knew about EA targeting a "holiday 2015" release.

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DICE has halted "future projects" while it fixes Battlefield 4

Guess that means Star Wars: Battlefront is on hold.

Battlefield 4 developer DICE has placed all of its expansions and "future projects" on the backburner while it puts all hands on deck to focus on the mess that is Battlefield 4's launch. Yes, that includes the Star Wars: Battlefront reboot it's been brewing up.

EA announces Star Wars-focused DICE Los Angeles studio

EA announces Star Wars-focused DICE Los Angeles studio

A new hope for the Battlefront series?

EA has announced a new LA-based branch of Battlefield developer DICE that will focus on creating Star Wars games.

The studio is open to continuing existing Star Wars game series as well as developing entirely new franchises, DICE boss Karl-Magnus Troedsson told The Wall Street Journal.

Top of many Star Wars fans' wishlists is a new Battlefront game. The series was in development at UK studio Free Radical Design (now Crytek UK) before LucasArts pulled the plug.

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Another hour of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 gameplay footage leaks

An hour of new Star Wars: Battlefront 3 gameplay has been streamed online as part of the annual 4th May Star Wars fan celebrations.

The footage begins with an extended gameplay session on Desolation Station, an asteroid-based facility used in the construction of the Death Star.

Later maps shown include Hoth, the Death Star and rural Dantooine.

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Cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront 3 footage discovered

Cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront 3 footage discovered

Trashed work from TimeSplitters developer revealed.

More footage from the canned Star Wars: Battlefront 3 game once in development at TimeSplitters creator Free Radical Design has been uncovered.

The freshly uncovered video clip is taken from an early Xbox 360 build of the game, said Past To Present, earlier even than the previous video evidence of Free Radical's efforts: a shaky YouTube clip posted online three years ago, soon after the project (and then the studio itself) collapsed.

The video reveals early gameplay footage and a glimpse at what the full game would offer via the title's extensive menus. Modes included Story Campaign, Training, Galactic Conquest, Instant Action, Challenges, Freeplay and Jedi Arena.

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Star Wars: Battlefront sequel files hidden on Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City disc

Resident Evil: Raccoon City developer Slant Six was working on a Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, according to hidden files unearthed on Raccoon City's disc.

The data (uncovered by BetaGames and posted on NeoGAF) contains in-progress artwork for a Hoth level, hidden in a folder named "Luke". A character model showing Luke in his orange pilot jumpsuit is also viewable.

"It is the morning of the Imperial assault on the Rebel base on Hoth," reads a chunk of text viewable on the concept art. "The wreckage of a downed Victory Class Star Destroyer is the setting for one of the first battles over Echo Base and the future of the Rebellion hangs in the balance."

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