Star Wars Battlefront shows off 20-player dogfights, Millennium Falcon gameplay

EA DICE unveiled the new Fighter Squadron mode in its upcoming multiplayer shooter Star Wars Battlefront, demonstrating its ability to deliver massive aerial encounters for up to 20 players.

Today’s new footage also showed off the Millennium Falcon, one of several vehicles that players can pilot in battle. The sequence additionally features pilotable X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and other vehicles from throughout the Star Wars film series, teasing Boba Fett’s Slave I ship during its conclusion.

Star Wars Battlefront features a series of playable encounters that recall battles previously seen in the Star Wars films and expanded universe, putting players in simulated battlegrounds on Hoth, Endor, Tatooine, and other locations. The game offers on-foot and aerial gameplay in battles that support up to 40 simultaneous players, along with close-quarters skirmishes meant for smaller squadrons.

A reboot of a 2004 squad-based shooter that shares the same title, Star Wars Battlefront brings classic-styled multiplayer action to modern consoles with new gameplay modes, new ships, and playable characters including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Han Solo. Players choose one of two alliances before combat begins, siding with either the Rebels or Empire in a series of timed battles.

Along with massive multiplayer battles, Star Wars Battlefront includes a co-op mode that lets up to 8 players take on more focused battles with specific mission objectives. Players can also test their solo skills against AI opponents in single-player missions before jumping into the multiplayer fray.

EA announced that players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will receive early access to DLC perks, including extra in-game damage, special character emotes, and add-on weaponry like the Ion Torpedo and DL-44. Pre-order customers can also test out the upcoming Battle of Jakku mission one week ahead of its scheduled launch on December 8.

Star Wars Battlefront will premiere for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms on November 17.

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