Two developers weigh in on the excitement and challenges of bulding a new SWBFII map based on the iconic Crait location from the new film.
This is a pretty special week for Star Wars fans, isn’t it? Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on Friday, and Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season is available today, free* for all players. Jump into the game and you’ll be able to play as Finn and Captain Phasma in multiplayer, try out new starships and vehicles, and explore the rise of The First Order in new chapters of the single-player in Star Wars Battlefront II: Resurrection.
Two locations from the films are included: D’Qar, a Starfighter Assault map set in space above a Resistance base, and a Galactic Assault battle on Crait. If you’ve seen any of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailers, you’ll recognize Crait immediately – it’s the one with the ski speeders kicking up red dirt and the massive AT-M6 walkers marching into battle. Yeah, that one.
What is it like to bring a location like this to life? Two developers weighed in, explaining the process.
“It’s a daunting task,” said Paul Keslin, Producer on Star Wars Battlefront II. “Since we’re taking inspiration from a movie that is actively being worked on, we need to work very closely with Lucasfilm on getting things right. Some of those things are obvious, like having giant AT-M6’s running through the level; but some of them are a bit more subtle, as in getting the proper type of rocks in the right spot on the map.”
But there’s more to it than nailing the look – you also need to hit that feeling. “Mainly, it’s about making sure we provide an authentic feeling of being on Crait,” Keslin explained. “And helping you play out a scenario that reminds you of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Peter Vesti Frendrup, Game Designer on Star Wars Battlefront II, said that working on Crait was both very exciting and very challenging. “Exciting because working with Lucasfilm on a new Star Wars location is the stuff of dreams and challenging because, for a level designer, a completely flat map with no cover is the stuff of nightmares. In the end, however, I think we found a great balance that is both true to the Star Wars universe, as well as fun to play.”
As a bonus for the PlayStation nation, in celebration of this awesome week of Star Wars with The Last Jedi movie and free Season 1 content, we have two exclusive Star Wars Battlefront II themes that are available now for free download. One showcases the incredible detail of the Star Wars Battlefront II game art. The second, named Iden Theme, is a piece inspired by the challenges Iden faces in the game’s single player campaign.
Ready to check it out? All Star Wars Battlefront II players can jump in right now – we can’t for you to see it for yourself.
*Requires Star Wars Battlefront II on applicable platform (sold separately), all game updates, internet connection, EA account, and PlayStation Plus membership (each sold separately).