PLAY LIFE, LIVE GAMES: ’Battlefront 2’ live service is over
After nearly 2½ years development on my favorite game of the console generation has come to an end.
On Wednesday, the developers at DICE released the final content update for “Star Wars Battlefront 2,” a game I’ve put hundreds of hours into since it launched in November 2017. Shortly before the update went live, it was announced that DICE was ending development of future content, but would continue to support the game through events and ongoing server maintenance.
The final update, named The Battle of Scarif Update, added the tropical planet Scarif from the end of the 2016 film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to the game. It also added a new costume for Darth Maul based on his appearance in the animated series “Star Wars: Rebels,” complete with his robot legs. It also added Rey’s new yellow lightsaber and Emperor Palpatine’s updated look from the new film.
It was fitting that The Battle of Scarif be the last major update for the game. In 2015, a lot of the same developers released “Star Wars Battlefront,” which was a reboot of the popular Battlefront series from the mid-2000s. That game received four major content updates over the course of a year, the final one being based on “Rogue One” and added Scarif to that game.
Since it was announced that development on the game was coming to an end, people have been reaching out to the developers to thank them for their hard work over the lifetime of the game.
Based on social media posts, it appears most of the developers have been moved to a non-Star Wars project.
EA, which publishes the Battlefront and Battlefield games, has the license to release Star Wars games for another three years. I’m hoping that they’re able to release “Star Wars Battlefront 3” next year for both the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles and then be able to continue to support the game for two years after that.
Even though new content is not coming to “Battlefront 2,” it’s still going to be my go-to game to play at the end of the day for the foreseeable future.
Dusty Ricketts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," “Friday the 13th: The Game” and “Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.” You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.