Disney pretty much broke the internet today by releasing the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, igniting a fresh wave of anticipation from nerd aficionados everywhere.
The teaser also delivered a small glimpse of new Battlefront footage that showcased one of the game’s military campaigns set on the infamous forest moon of Endor.
The snippet appears to be a cutscene and displays an Imperial invasion force smashing through the canopied wilderness with brute force. The hulking armor-laden behemoths known as AT-AT’s were seen, along with those ultra-fast air skimming speeder bikes we know and love.
That’s right, for some reason the Empire sent out lumbering AT-AT’s and not the fleet-footed Chicken Walkers (All-Terrain-Scout Transports) to crush the Rebel forces on Endor.
That’s quite a strange move, considering how easily they can be tripped up, but on the other hand the Rebels don’t exactly have the space or maneuverability to counter them with speeders this time around.
Speeder-bikes were shown in all of their amazing and delightful glory, hinting that players might actually get to use them on the Battle of Endor map.
Endor was one of the first playable areas revealed during Battlefront‘s official unveiling at E3 2014, along with the familiar frozen world of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back.
Additional news confirms that Battlefield developer DICE won’t include a Battlelog for Battlefront, and that the game will include both third-person and first-person views.
@Spitfire_Spud @PNF4LYFE @JCrookedSmile @TiC_Podcast @The_CrapGamer @XboxP3 @EAAccess @EA_DICE Very ready & play it first on #XboxOne!
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) April 14, 2015
Aaron Greenberg, marketing exec for Xbox, recently revealed that EA Access subscribers on Xbox One will get early access to Battlefront before other platforms. EA Access members will get to play the game six days ahead of PlayStation 4 and PC, but the content will be limited to just 10 hours of gameplay.
Also keen-eyed data-miners might have found Star Wars: Battlefront‘s official release date ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling.
According to source code found in the game’s website, Battlefront will be “available November 17, 2015, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.”
The official Battlefront unveiling will be aired on a livestream tomorrow at 10:30 AM PST (1:30 PM EST) during the official Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. We’ll assuredly get a finalized release date along with new gameplay footage, game details, and more.
Also just in case you missed it, we’ve included the new Force Awakens trailer below. Keep an eye out for the new Chrometrooper, and pay close attention to what Luke Skywalker says–particularly the tense he uses while describing his family’s Force powers.