It’s been a great 24 hours for Star Wars fans. There’s been a new trailer for The Force Awakens, some new heroes and villains for Star Wars Battlefront (namely Han Solo, Princess Leia and Emperor Palpatine), and now EA have unveiled three new modes for the upcoming shooter, too: Heroes vs. Villains, Battles, and Training Missions.
Heroes vs Villains
Heroes vs Villains sees three hero characters face off against three villains, with another three Rebel or Imperial troops on each side.
“Those eager to throw themselves into battle as the most iconic Star Wars characters will find Heroes vs Villains one of the most fantasy-fulfilling game modes of Star Wars Battlefront,” reads a blog post by EA. “With three iconic dark side and three light side characters fighting head-to-head, you’ll never see as many formidable faces in one single game mode.”
“Heroes vs Villains is a game mode with short, intense rounds where iconic Star Wars characters will clash in dynamic fights. The matches are divided into rounds, where three players from each team randomly spawn as the Heroes and Villains of Star Wars Battlefront. In other words, you’ll see characters like Luke Skywalker face off against Darth Vader and Boba Fett, along with other Heroes and Villains that we’ll announce soon.”
“The rest of your team spawn as Rebels or Imperial troopers, making it a 6 versus 6 game mode total. When a Hero or Villain is defeated, that player will respawn as a regular trooper. Your team’s objective is to defeat all the opposing Heroes or Villains, or conversely have the highest number of Hero or Villain characters alive at the end of the round. In other words: both offence and defense is required.”
Training Missions is fairly self explanatory. Featuring tutorials for both basic and advanced players, Training Missions is for those who really want to hone their skills before going into action with real world players.
A blog post reads:”There are five different Training Missions, and also a tutorial called Probe Droids where you’ll learn about blasters, Star Cards, and blowing up Imperial hardware. In the Beggar’s Canyon Training Mission, you’ll soar through the Tatooine skies, bringing down TIE fighters with your X-wing. You’ll master yet another iconic vehicle in the Invasion Snowspeeder mission, set on the icy planet of Hoth.”
“There is something both for casual and more advanced players in there. If you want to learn the fundamentals and get a feel for the controls, the Training Missions are a great start. You can jump into a snowspeeder and practice the Tow Cable maneuver without the stress of doing it in a live multiplayer match.”
Battles and Hero Battles
Battles and Hero Battles is a much smaller, honed in game mode, allowing you to have intimate 1v1 fights between you and another player.
“Battles is classically Rebels versus Imperials, and can be played against a team of AI enemies or against another player,” reads a blog post. When playing against another player, it can be 1 vs 1 only, or each player fighting alongside AI enemies against each other. The choice is yours, and the goal is to collect points by picking up dropped tokens from your defeated enemies. Reach 100 points and the match is yours. Hero Battles follows the same rules, but with the key difference that you’re fighting as the iconic Heroes and Villains in Star Wars Battlefront.”
“Hero Battles is a similar experience, but Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and all the other characters are of course tougher than regular troopers. On the upside, they’re worth a lot more points if you bring them down. Due to the power of the Heroes and Villains, you’ll find that the AI troopers of your enemies become less of a threat in Hero Battles. That said, you’re far from invincible as a Hero, so make use of the Health pickups available.”
All of these modes will be available to play when Star Wars Battlefront launches on November 17th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.