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Star Wars Battlefront II

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Criterion (EU), Motive Studios (US)
Release Date: Nov. 17, 2017

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'Star Wars Battlefront II' (ALL) Capital Supremacy Mode, New Location, Troops Coming Next Week

by Rainier on March 22, 2019 @ 8:52 a.m. PDT

Live the untold Star Wars story of Iden, an elite Stormtrooper, in an original single-player story. Battle on land and in space in an expanded multiplayer experience with iconic heroes and villains, thrilling space battles, and a deep progression and customization system.

Building upon the foundation of groundbreaking visuals and authenticity of EA's Star Wars Battlefront, DICE, Motive and Criterion are teaming up to deliver one of the most expansive Star Wars games to date. Star Wars Battlefront II will allow players to experience the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier in an all-new single player campaign. In epic multiplayer battles, players will be able to pilot a First Order TIE fighter through intense dogfights in space, and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes and villains, such as Yoda and Darth Maul, across all three Star Wars eras.

Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign will deliver a new exciting story to the Star Wars universe. Taking place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order, the single player story introduces Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.

EA DICE revealed the new mode coming to Star Wars Battlefront II on March 26. Capital Supremacy will bring a new Clone Wars-era authentic experience to the game as it pits the forces of the Galactic Republic against the Separatists in a fight that fuses non-linear ground battles with thrilling invasions and takedowns of capital ships.

Along with the new mode, Star Wars Battlefront II will get an all-new location, Pipeline Junction West on Geonosis, along with the Separatist Dreadnought and Republic Attack capital ship interiors, where players will experience the dynamic and tactical warfare of Capital Supremacy. Two brand new reinforcement units also join the battle, including the Infiltrator class Republic ARC Trooper and Separatist BX Commando Droid.

Capital Supremacy

The Ground Phase

The looming capital ships overlook the scenery where players deploy into the thick of the Clone Wars. They enter an open-ended warzone accompanied by vicious blaster fire, calculating droids, and morale-boosting rallying cries.

Two teams of 20, aided by 12 additional non-human, AI controlled troopers on each side, fight to control a majority of five command posts on the ground. It’s an intense and open-ended conflict, where you can utilize a wide array of tactics, trooper classes, land vehicles, reinforcement units, and hero characters to attack and defend different areas across the surface.

Hold on, did we just announce the presence of AI controlled troopers in Capital Supremacy? That’s right, for the first time in any PVP mode in Star Wars Battlefront II, AI ground troops will battle alongside and against you, contest the command posts, and be additional targets for the players to rain fire upon – upping the intensity of the combat even more!

By capturing and controlling most of the command posts in the Ground Phase, your team gains reinforcements. The reinforcements are represented by tickets added to your team’s progress bar. Once a side has mustered enough reinforcements – thus winning the Ground Phase and becoming attackers – they’ll be given a shot at invading the enemy capital ship.

The struggle for area control now turns into a race towards two incoming transport shuttles. For each attacker managing to run the gauntlet and embark on any of the shuttles, additional tickets are given.

The total amount of tickets feeds into how many reinforcements the attackers have at their disposal in the upcoming Invasion Phase. Consequentially, the defenders must do everything they can to stop the other side from strengthening their invasion force.

Once the transport shuttle boarding timer runs out, a cinematic sequence will depict the transports ascending with the attackers to invade the Republic Attack Cruiser or the Separatist Dreadnought.

The Invasion Phase

The mission is now to destroy – or crush the invaders’ attempt at doing so – the capital ship from the inside. Attacking as the clones and the heroes of the Clone Wars, you’ll take on the Separatist Dreadnought, while on the side of the Separatists and villains, you’ll be looking to abolish the Republic Attack Cruiser.

The AI troops will stay grounded, leaving the close-quarters Invasion Phase to be fought between players exclusively.

The layout and look of the two ships are, as you would expect, meticulously modelled to represent the two Clone Wars-era factions. Inside the Separatist Dreadnought, you’ll see MTTs painted with the Separatist grey and blue color scheme, fight throughout the droid deployment bay, and attack or defend the ship’s weak points: the cooling vent chambers. The dagger-like Republic Attack Cruiser, on the other hand, features its own unique areas, such as the cargo bay and reactor core chambers.

Independent of the faction being invaded, the ways to go about the objectives are similar. As an attacker, you need to fight your way out of the hangar and breach the first line of defense by overriding one of two security consoles. This will grant access to the hallways leading to the two chambers hosting the ship’s weak points.

If the attackers manage to arm the charges on both – and hold the line until the timer expires – they can celebrate the victory as the enemy ship plunges towards the ground.

But here’s the twist: if the defenders manage to eliminate enough attackers to deplete their reinforcement tickets (this is why the extra tickets earned by boarding the transport shuttles can be so decisive), the battle goes back to the Ground Phase.

Capital Supremacy – A Tactical and Dynamic Clone Wars Experience

Back on the ground, the fight over command posts starts over, giving the team who just defended their capital ship a chance to make a glorious comeback. As a successful defense bonus, they’ll get a head-start by controlling a majority of the command posts upon returning to the surface, earning reinforcements immediately.

But any progress made by the team attacking the first time around will not be in vain! Should they manage to launch another invasion, any overridden console or destroyed weak point will still be, well, overridden or destroyed.

With dynamic shifts between the open-ended Ground Phase and the attacking or defending of two unique capital ships in the Invasion Phase, players are able to take on a tactical, Clone Wars-era authentic tug of war – where they have the agency to tackle combat scenarios in many different ways.

At release, Capital Supremacy will be playable on Geonosis’ Pipeline Junction West and the two capital ships. This new location features rolling sand dunes, characteristic cliff formations, areas contaminated with toxic waste from the close-by droid foundries, and a mysterious boneyard where you’ll find the remains of large creatures from across the galaxy.

The ARC Trooper – An Elite Soldier of the Galactic Republic

Advanced Recon Commandos, also known as ARC Troopers, were the elite soldiers of the Galactic Republic. They were often placed on missions too challenging for standard clones.

In Star Wars Battlefront II, the ARC Trooper wields two DC-17 hand blasters, a pistol carried by high-ranking members of the clone army. Making the ARC Trooper a lethal opponent in close quarters, the dual blasters are fired individually by pressing the triggers or mouse buttons.

The primary DC-17 can be charged up to deal out a precise Power Blast, as well. This Ability builds up a significant amount of heat to the weapon, but pays off with a long-range shot, inflicting high damage on infantry and vehicles alike.

The ARC Trooper is protected by a unique set of armor with experimental components, vastly modified from the standard kit. One such feature that you can make use of is the Helmet Scanner, sending out periodical pulses to reveal the positions of enemies through obstacles, walls, and smoke.

They also carry another tactical device – the Shock Trap. The Shock Trap sticks to any surface, triggers manually, and is thrown by the ARC Trooper to topple incoming enemies in the opposite direction with a sudden outburst of electricity.

Mainly a tool used to disrupt the enemy and get an upper hand on more powerful rivals, it deals a small amount of damage at the same time. We fully expect players to come up with some other, cunning appliances for this device as well

For regular clones, it was an immense honor to be promoted to serve as an ARC Trooper. It required valor, courage, and skill. Now, you can take that step as well.

The BX Commando Droid – A Lethal Infiltration Unit

The BX Commando Droid was a more robust version of the standard B1 Battle Droid, kitted with a tougher armor and programmed with advanced combat tactics. As such, they were suited for high-profile infiltration missions on the orders of the Separatist leaders.

Carrying the precise E-5 blaster rifle, the BX Commando is well equipped to pick off targets at a distance. But it’s a lethal foe at close range, too. With an intimidating blade sheathed on its back, the droid commando can chain up to three quick slashes with the Vibrosword Ability.

Furthermore, the Smoke Screen Ability has the BX Commando tossing a device on the ground, filling the immediate area with thick smoke. This diversion can be used to escape the scene if in a tight spot. And – of course – to strike the prey from cover.

Characteristically equipped with white-glowing photoreceptors, the BX’s “eyes” turn red as the Scanner Ability is switched on. Similar to the ARC Trooper’s equivalent, this Ability can be activated to see through its own Smoke Screen.

The Infiltrator Class – Progression and Star Cards

Like its Enforcer and Aerial counterparts, the Infiltrator class has its own progression and set of Star Cards. Upgrading the Star Cards will improve the characters’ movement and Abilities, such as adding an extra combat roll, shortened cooldown time of Abilities when taking damage, health regeneration when defeating enemies that have been scanned, and more.

The Infiltrator class is exclusive to the Clone Wars-era locations, meaning they can be called in when playing the new Clone Wars-era authentic experience Capital Supremacy and on Kashyyyk, Kamino, Theed, and Geonosis in other game modes supporting reinforcements.

In addition to the all-new single player campaign, the team at DICE is evolving the game's multiplayer to become the ultimate Star Wars battleground. With modes supporting up to 40 players, Star Wars Battlefront II takes fans through a wide range of iconic locations from all three eras: prequel, classic and new trilogy, including new in-game locations such as Yavin 4's jungle canopies, the spaceport town of Mos Eisley, and Starkiller Base. Players can choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero's journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters.

As one of the most requested fan modes, galactic-scale space combat is also brought to life in Star Wars Battlefront II. Criterion, with a deep history of creating some of gaming's fastest and intuitive vehicles, has built space combat from the ground up with refined handling, weapons, and customization options. Players can drop into the cockpit of the galaxy's most iconic ships, weave between asteroid fields and fly through imperial dockyards in high stakes dogfights.

Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II can join the excitement of the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with content inspired by the upcoming film including exclusive Kylo Ren and Rey themed looks. Players can also equip both characters with epic ability upgrades in multiplayer. Additionally, when taking the fight to space, players can upgrade to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Millennium Falcon and a new First Order ship.

Players that order the Star Wars Battlefront II: Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will not only have access to all the Star Wars: The Last Jedi inspired pre-order content, found in Star Wars Battlefront II: The Last Jedi Heroes, but can also dominate the battlefront as the ultimate Star Wars elite trooper. Every trooper class will receive upgrades, delivering superior firepower, deadly weapon modifications and epic combat abilities. Deluxe Edition owners will also get a head start on the battlefront, being able to jump into the game up to three days early.

Star Wars Battlefront II is currently available worldwide for PS4, Xbox One, and on PC (Origin).

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