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Star Wars Battlefront II asks for the benefit of the doubt

June 14, 2017 2 min read

When I first saw The Force Awakens (a fine production that is better than Rogue One in every conceivable way), I left wanting to know more about the period between Return of the Jedi and the new film. And as a finger on the Monkey's Paw curled, Disney released some comic books and novels designed to explore that exact period in Space History – all of which directly violated my own Prime Directive to consume as little Star Wars Expanded Universe material as possible.

Yet here I am, somewhat enthusiastic about a story that commits many of the Star Wars expanded universe cardinal sins: it introduces a series of brand-new characters who are "super important" but can't really affect the world-state in any meaningful way because the next movie is a foregone conclusion, movie characters show up but are unable to change beyond what we understand because they have to be in a certain state by the next film, and I can only pronounce/spell half of the characters' names.

But there is something to Battlefront II's story, even if it's just the framework. You play as elite Stormtrooper Iden Versio, with her story picking up right after the end of Return of the Jedi and spanning the next thirty years until The Force Awakens. That setup alone carries tons of potential. It's okay that Versio and her Inferno Squad won't be able to affect the overall story of the series, because we're going to spend three decades with these characters. Battlefront 2 won't be about how some nameless soldier flew an X-Wing that one time during that one Death Star assault, it'll be about how the life of this person is directly affected by the large-scale history of the galaxy.

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