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Star Wars Battlefront: Piloting Slave I and the Millennium Falcon

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Star Wars Battlefront: Piloting Slave I and the Millennium Falcon

“I think everyone that’s ever seen Star Wars has had the dream of entering a fight with the legendary, slick starships of Han Solo or Boba Fett,” says Senior Designer Björn Sundell.

There are many fantasy-fulfilling sides to Star Wars Battlefront, and Sundell has spent the last few years designing one of those aspects. There are plenty of memorable Star Wars vehicles in the game, but in the Fighter Squadron game mode, two particularly iconic ships are waiting to be piloted by you: Slave I and the Millennium Falcon.

You acquire these ships through pickups on the Fighter Squadron maps. Once you’re behind the sticks, you’ve only got one spawn at your disposal before you’re back in a regular Rebel or Imperial starship — but the extra speed and firepower of Slave I and the Millennium Falcon will make you extra deadly.

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Boba Fett’s ship Slave I is even more of an arsenal-heavy craft. It’s equipped with Ion Cannons, Proton Torpedoes, and a jammer that can be activated to fly undetected on the mini-map and to avoid missile locks.

Life is naturally easier with these epic vessels, but just because you have firepower equal to that of several regular ships doesn’t mean you’re invincible. In other words: don’t get cocky.

“Don’t be surprised if you suddenly spot multiple foes at your tail when piloting these ships,” Sundell says. “During playtests we’ve noticed how excited players get to be the one taking down the Millennium Falcon or Slave I. You should always keep both offense and defense in mind.”

Should you spot the Millennium Falcon or Slave I as a regular starship pilot, your best bet is to stay behind them and try to team up with other players. Since the Rebel and Imperial standard ships are smaller than the Hero Vehicles, you can also dive against the planetary surface and use crevices to shake off Solo or Fett’s pursuit.

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“One crucial thing to nail when designing the Hero Vehicles is to make players feel truly cool, powerful, and heroic when piloting them. This goes for both the visuals and feel. Playing Star Wars Battlefront, you should get the same feeling that you get when you see the Millennium Falcon swooping by and taking out TIE fighters in the movies.”

This is done through an immense attention to detail, something that DICE’s photogrammetry sessions in the Star Wars archives helped ensure. Another detail setting the mood is the short intro sequence when you collect a Hero Vehicle pickup.

“Hearing a line from Han Solo or seeing the missile hatches of Slave I open will hopefully set the mood for a thrilling highlight of the match,” Sundell says.

You’ll be able to experience that mood first-hand when Star Wars Battlefront launches on November 17th.

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  • Colin’s ONLY car is Slave 1.

  • Great kid, don’t get cocky.

  • In both the render and the trailer shown a while back, the Slave 1’s wing orientation is incorrect while in flight mode. The wings should be perpendicular to the ship.

    • I knew there was something weird about the way it flew around. Thanks for pointing it out!

      While on the subject, I think it’s clear that they took the Slave 1’s fighting capabilities from the prequel movies since it barely does anything aside from fly in the original trilogy.

  • Is this fighters/flight mode Online only or will there also be a single player/bot version of it?

    If I buy this game it will be only to play it offline and so far there is next to no information about what’s available.

    Survival mode was ok, but unless every online mode also has an offline mode, this game isn’t what Star Wars fans wanted.

    Battlefield fans might like it I guess.

    • It’s a DICE game…published by EA. -_-

      Did you ever expected anything different? =\

      Of course it was going to be “Battlefield + SW = Battlefront”! (personally I don’t think “it’s cool”…I’m just saying it was predictable)

    • And NO, “this game isn’t what Star Wars fans wanted”. =(

      PS: When is this Blog going to get a damn “edit” feature?? X(

    • I’m not quite sure if I read your question correctly, but no, there is no single player mode. It’s all multiplayer and thus always online. Similar to Destiny but without much story. :/

    • The “Missions” are the offline modes that feature offline/online co-op (1-2 players).

      Trials – Learn and master the skills needed on the Battlefront.
      Survival – Hold off waves of Imperial forces, from AT-STs, TIE Fighters, elite Stormtroopers and more. Experience a different Survival mission on every planet.
      Battles – Where you and a friend go head to head supported by a team of AI.
      Hero Battles – Face off as iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader

  • I was initially excited to play, and I thought was beta was decent fun, but for the pricepoint – and not including a single player campaign, plus the insane cost of the season pass, well, I just can’t justify it. Cancelled this preorder as well as Rainbow Six Siege on Amazon last week.

  • “I think everyone that’s ever seen Star Wars has had the dream of entering a fight with the legendary, slick starships of Han Solo or Boba Fett,” says Senior Designer Björn Sundell.

    LOL…I think is really funny (as in “lame”, not “haha”) how everyone involved with this game think they are kinda “making history” here.

    You guys are REALLY LATE to the party. We already had A LOT of truly EPIC & AWESOME SW games in the past. And we already had the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon in the past (FYI nobody cares about Boba’s dumb ship…except for those “special” guys out there).

    Nice try though. Next video you could try to sell the game by showing us the sweet fulfillment we’re gonna get by “using the force” or “piloting a pod racer”. xD

    • I care…

      But seriously. There haven’t been a lot of SW games lately with flight, and I’m looking forward to the dogfights. The last falcon I piloted was in Lego Star Wars so I’m ready for a redo.

      I assure you, other people are wanting to pilot Slave I. I suppose I am special, too. Thanks.

    • >> (FYI nobody cares about Boba’s dumb ship…except for those “special” guys out there). >>

      I know the interweb is chock full of generalizations, but I’d place this in the top 5 I’ve seen this year.

      When ESB first came out (showing my age, I was 7), and Boba Fett first appeared on screen, I was immediately enthralled. Here was a character who actually talked back to Darth Vader, outsmarted Han Solo, and had what was the coolest outfit in the SW universe at the time. Barring the embarrassing ending he supposedly met in ROTJ, he was always my fave.

      Personally I can’t WAIT to fly Slave 1. Count me as “special” too, although I’m not quite sure what you were inferring when you used that term. What exactly did you mean?

      :P

  • Only 23 days left, :Q___

  • “Do” “I” “detect” “salt” “?”

  • Please Transfer 9.99$ to my bank account to get the extra DLC called “do i even care?”

  • I feel like this game will be one of the best games to come to the PS4. I am very excited about its release.

  • I really wish there were a solo mode… maybe the next Star Wars game.

  • Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $100 per hour. I work through this link. wallstreet34.com

  • I sense a great disturbance in the force of salty whiners. If you didn’t like the BETA. Fine. But there’s quite alot, myself included, who are excited for this game. People seem to forget, the last Battlefront was ten years ago. BF3 was kept extremely hush hush. Rumours say it jumped from one company to another, but nothing solid. Until 2008, Gamestops were taking preorders but shortly stripped it off their computers. Someone hit the go button prematurely, and leaked a new BF game was really in the makings. Battlefront (EA) is something new to the BF series, god, Star Wars in general. Also, the story modes weren’t all that. Most missions were loosely based on the actual events, anyways. Some happened totally different. Even more, BF2’s story ended prematurely at Hoth. There were many battles after Hoth, but it acted as if Hoth was the end of the rebels. Besides, we know the story. Watch the movies, read the new canon books, watch the TV shows, which are canon now.

  • Nice really nice but will Fighter Squadron mode be 20 vs 20?…would like to know that.

    • It seems like 10v10

      “Behind the sticks of X-wings, A-wings, TIE fighters, and TIE Interceptors you’ll engage in aerial battles with up to 20 players.”

  • Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $100 per hour. I work through this link. wallstreet34.com

  • If you expected a actual campaign in this you are dumb or didn’t play the old ones….And personally i dont know a single star wars fan who doesn’t enjoy the game.

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