With all eyes on the Star Wars universe this week, EA and its cabinet of studios working on Star Wars Battlefront 2 have shared details about the incoming content related to this Friday's theatrical release of The Rise of Skywalker.
New content will include a new location, reinforcements, Heroes and Villain cosmetics, all included in new SKU of the game called the Celebration Edition, which bundles with it all the previously released DLC.
The new location, a jungle planet, is taken right out of The Rise of Skywalker, though for that reason EA says they won't be dropping that piece of content (or even revealing its name, apparently) until the 20th after the movie has debuted around the world. This new location will be playable in Co-Op and Heroes vs. Villains modes starting this Friday. Additionally, Takodana, Jakku, and Starkiller Base will all join the Co-Op map rotation for the first time.
Before that, four new Reinforcements come to the competitive PVP modes, including the Sith Trooper, First Order Jet Trooper, as well as two new alien species from The Rise of Skywalker, who will take on roles of Spy and Gunner.
New cosmetics for Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren will give the characters looks from the movie.The Reinforcements, new cosmetics, and most new Co-Op maps will all be available starting tomorrow.
The game's new version, titled the Celebration Edition, is now on sale too and automatically includes the above content for The Rise of Skywalker. Also included in that is the base game, over 25 Hero and Villain cosmetics, 125 Reinforcement cosmetics, over 100 emotes and voice lines, and more than 70 Hero Trooper victory poses. Players who already own Battlefront 2 can upgrade to the Celebration Edition for free.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 released on November 17, 2017 to "Fair" scores, averaging a 67 on OpenCritic, but it quickly became the catalyst for industry-wide changes to how games are monetized post-purchase. The game's controversial loot system was criticized as being "pay-to-win" by many and the outcry led to a complete overhaul of the game's economy with then spread to games all over the world. Battlefront 2 has since rebounded well with a steady flow of content for over two years now.