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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Even Star Wars actors want Battlefront story DLC

Daniel Anderson

Published 03/03/2016 | 10:19

Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront is a lot of fun as a multiplayer shooter but the lack of a story for lore fans is a pretty strange thing to leave out

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Star Wars Battlefront is a lot of fun as a massive multiplayer game - who doesn't want to push back the evil Empire on the ice fields of Hoth? But I have to admit that the lack of any real story, in a cinematic universe which has been entertaining people for decades, is more than a little disappointing.

And it seems I'm not alone, a Stormtrooper is in full agreement.

John Boyega made a great debut as Finn in Star Wars the Force Awakens, going on a pretty amazing journey from stormtrooper to rebel and making friends with BB-8 and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) along the way. We already know Boyega is a gamer and it turns out he's also a fan of the Battlefront series. He's been trying out the latest Star Wars themed entry in the franchise recently and had a pretty direct question for the developers.

EA Star Wars (to their credit, and because they are not stupid) tweeted back quickly to ask if he'd given the Missons in the game a try, which are smaller engagements with waves of enemies that can be played solo and Boyega was right back with more info and another disarmingly direct question.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 3, 2016

EA later got back to say... yes - what else are you going to say to one of the people actually appearing in the new Star Wars films when he asks something like that in a public forum? So expect photos of that trip to pop up and Boyega to make his really excited face again. As for actually story DLC it's going to take more than a Twitter exchange with an actor to make that happen. EA has already outlined the DLC plans for Battlefront and they're all about adding new maps, weapons and hero characters. A story mode is a massive undertaking, especially one which would live up to the high standards set by (most of) the movies to date.

Still, this reconfirms the appetite for playable stories in the galaxy far, far away and with EA games on the license for the next number of years we can hope for something interesting to come down the line soon.

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