It has been nearly four years since the abysmal release of EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2, meaning that it is only a matter of time until the release of a third game. To make Battlefront 3 amazing, it will need to knock fans out of the park in order to regain their confidence. These are 5 features which can save the reputation of Star Wars: Battlefront and make Battlefront 3 an amazing online shooter and Star Wars experience.
1. MORE GREAT MAPS
Without a doubt, one of the main highlights of the Battlefront games is the beautifully crafted maps which look like they had been stripped entirely from the film production sets. Even with the controversial Battlefront 2, every single game map so far cannot be faulted in terms of attention to detail.
The release of the 2017 sequel game introduced prequel and sequel era maps which allowed fans of the Star Wars universe to further immerse themselves than ever before. Adding even more of these maps would make the next Battlefront even more aesthetically pleasing. Potential maps to include are the fiery planet of Mustafar which is home to Fortress Vader, and Coruscant, the urban capital of the galaxy, widely known for being the home of the Jedi Temple which was also featured in Battlefront 2 (2005).
Throughout the release of various Battlefield and Battlefront games, DICE have proven large-scale map design to the be a specialty of theirs, so it is likely that Battlefront 3 will not disappoint.
2. SPACE TO LAND COMBAT TRANSITIONING
One thing that has been absent from the rebooted franchise that was included in the original is space to land combat transitioning. This is when players can shift from piloting an aircraft in space to boarding an enemy starship on foot (pirate style). This has been requested by fans online and is a much missed feature from the original Battlefront 2 (2005). The feeling of soaring through the sky in an X-Wing whilst reigning fire upon a starship’s shields to then boarding said ship and destroying it from the inside would be immensely satisfying from both a competitive side and also as an appreciation of the Star Wars universe.
A step beyond this could be the merging of land planet combat to space combat all within the same map. This would definitely bring more variation and tactics into which role a player will take on. However, a large step like this would likely require an increased player count to compensate.
3. NO PAY TO WIN MICROTRANSACTIONS
Easily the most controversial aspect of 2017’s Battlefront 2 was the inclusion of pay-to-win microtransactions. This came in the form of lootboxes which when opened would include a mixture of cosmetics, currency, and star cards which were the means of player progression (skill points). This ruined the game for many players who soon dropped off after realising that their enemy opponents could simply spend real-life money on lootboxes to progress further without any in-game work being done.
Whilst cosmetic microtransactions are at least tolerable to many players, microtransactions which can affect gameplay are a red flag that should be avoided at all costs.
EA will need to learn from their mistake and avoid including these in Battlefront 3. After all, EA has already shown that they can earn back the support of loyal Star Wars fans by committing to hard work and improvements as evident by the continuous updates that the game received after launch.
4. MORE HEROES/VILLAINS
One of the more fun features of the franchise in terms of gameplay is the ability to join the battlefield as an iconic hero or villain from the Star Wars universe in order to turn the tide of battle. In the previous game, players could spawn in as up to 22 different heroes/villains across the Skywalker Saga such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, and even General Grievous. This is amazing of course; however, with such a big and iconic universe like Star Wars, there are still so many characters that could be included.
Popular characters that could be included are Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress from the Clone Wars animated series. Datamined files indicating the future inclusion of Ahsoka and Padme were leaked for Battlefront 2 before the game updates stopped. So it would be nice for the beloved characters to get their time in the spotlight in Battlefront 3.
5. MORE WEAPON VARIATION
A feature that is less of a priority than the rest but notable nonetheless is an increase in weapon variation for standard troop classes.
EA’s Battlefront (2015) was criticised by some players for having too many weapons to be unlocked, including Han Solo’s DL-44 which was criticised for lessening the impact of wielding as Solo himself. However, Battlefront 2 (2017) was criticised for having too few weapons to be chosen by each class. Battlefront 2 had only four weapons to be chosen per class upon release: four pistols/hand blasters, four assault rifles, four LMGs, and four sniper rifles. These soon became very repetitive considering certain weapons were significantly better to use, especially when specialising in a specific class.
Considering the large array of weapons to choose from in the Battlefield games, to make Battlefront 3 amazing, EA needs to find a balance between too many and too few weapons in order to keep trooper gameplay interesting.
What do you think? What additions would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!