The rumors about a link between EA’s game Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars The Force Awakens are true. At Celebration, it was revealed that three weeks after the game’s November 17 release, EA will offer a free piece of downloadable content called the Battle of Jakku, the desert planet in the latest Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer. This will help explain how and why all those X-Wing Fighters and Star Destroyers are abandoned on Jakku.
The Battle of Jakku will be available on December 8, unless you pre-order the game, then you can get it December 1. Like most games these days, Battlefront is is broken down into multiple modes, but primarily it’s an opportunity to create your Star Wars battle fantasy. So, for example, when we think of speeder bikes, you think of Endor in Return of the Jedi right? Well, in Battlefront, you can play as Boba Fett, on a speeder bike, on Hoth if you want. It’s totally customizable and fun like that. But will your actions change scenes you see in The Force Awakens? Probably not. What will be cool is Battlefront is a game that encourages exploration. In theory, that means you’ll be able to uncover some secrets about the film, or at least learn more about the world where Kira lives.
Another note, the shots above in the trailer look like the Imperial shuttles have been there for years. So, while the Battle of Jakku will be a prequel to The Force Awakens, it’s probably closer to the events of Return of the Jedi rather than The Force Awakens.
Star Wars The Force Awakens opens December 18. Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 17 and be available for PlayStation 4, XBox One, and PC.