Lucas Arts hoping for universal fun.
The ESRB has outed another Star Wars Battlefront game, this time for DS and PSP.
When Star Wars Battlefront II touched down on the PSP, alongside popular console and PC versions, there was a general sense of "why bother?" After all, what's the point of converting a game based around large-scale multiplayer skirmishes only to remove the online play? Battlefront II had other issues but the truncated PSP version offering support for only four players via a local ad hoc network was a pretty major one.
This PSP exclusive release is presumably meant to make amends, given that it goes out of its way to address the shortcomings of its predecessor and tweaks the formula in some pretty major ways across the board.
So the big news is that online play is now fully implemented. The ad hoc mode supports eight players, twice as many as before, while real proper internet play allows an impressive 16 human players to romp about on the same maps, making peee-yow noises. That's certainly a massive improvement over the last hobbled release, and the good news is that the game handles the load with a pleasing lack of lag. The bad news is that the game forces you to sign up for a GameSpy account before letting you online. It's free, of course, but I have a natural aversion to being forced to hand over my email address, especially when there are no terms and conditions to read or auto-mailing opt-outs to tick. Cheeky.
Activision's confirmed that the new Battlefront game is PSP-exclusive and will be available in the Christmas period.
Renegade Squadron is in development at UK studio Rebellion, and will feature 11 single-player missions, support for 16 of you to duke it out online, or the option for up to eight of you to compete in ad-hoc multiplayer.
It'll follow the adventures of Han Solo as he travels the galaxy assembling his team of scoundrels. You'll be able to explore all your favourite Star Wars locations, meet familiar characters and utilise machinery from different planets - like Darth's TIE fighter and the Millennium Falcon.