Playing as a Hero or Villain character in Star Wars™ Battlefront™ is not only about charging fearlessly into battle and laying waste to enemy troopers; it is also about defensive tactics and supporting your team. But why choose between the two? Playing as Princess Leia Organa, you’ll experience it all.

This legendary royal will be a powerful asset to your Rebel team - and a menacing sight for Imperial troops. Here to provide you with detailed plans of the design process of Leia is Lead Hero Designer Jamie Keen.

“Leia is a character that succeeds through her fearless, strategic mind. We can all remember moments when her quick-thinking blaster fire helped the Rebels out of trouble. Our goal for all the Hero characters has been to capture their essence and spirit from the original Star Wars™ film trilogy, and then convey that through gameplay. Doing that is more straightforward with characters wielding Lightsabers and Force abilities; it’s obvious how to build gameplay around those things. Leia was trickier in that regard since she doesn’t have a specific, favourite weapon, so we had to represent her in another way.

It’s clear that Leia is a leader, so in Star Wars Battlefront she’s very much about support play, buffing team members, and holding positions. Furthermore, players spawning close to her will spawn as Alderaan Honor Guards. That said, she’s got a lot of offensive output as well. Just look at the original Star Wars trilogy: you’ll notice that when Leia shoots at stormtroopers, she kills them quickly. We’ve based one of Leia’s abilities on this: Trooper Bane.

A hard-hitting, boosted blaster shot, Trooper Bane is designed to be fired in single bursts. Now, this packs a real punch if you hit your target. A stormtrooper will get killed in one blast by Trooper Bane, and against Villains it will both deal a lot of damage and temporarily stun them.

A more defensive power is the Enhanced Squad Shield. This works like the regular Squad Shield Power Card but is far stronger: it can stop some Force abilities and Leia can even shoot out of it with Trooper Bane active, which ground troopers cannot. The Enhanced Squad Shield is ideal if you want to own a certain area of the map, such as an Uplink Station in Walker Assault. Simply deploy the shield and you can securely hold these key areas as a group thanks to Leia’s cover.

Then there’s Supply Drop, another power that will make Leia a key asset for Rebel forces. Activate this ability to drop a variety of power ups for ground troopers, or health boosts for other Hero characters. This can really help your team out, so make sure to use it as often as you can.

All these abilities provide a really powerful overall package. As Leia, you’ll be buffing, healing, providing cover, and also be on the offensive a lot. If you use her right, she could be the most powerful Hero character. So how’s that done? You should hang back and pick your ground. Use the map’s natural cover together with the Enhanced Squad Shield, and force enemies to come to you through the channels you create.

Another good tip is to stay mobile when facing off with dangerous foes. If you’re chased by someone like Darth Vader, use a hit-and-run tactic. Deploy your shield, fire off a Trooper Bane shot, and then try to shake your enemies. When the cooldown period is over, just set up shop again, and continue the fight.

That about covers it for Leia, but I’d like to leave you with one other tip that’s applicable for all the Heroes and Villains in Star Wars Battlefront. Make sure to try the Hero Battles mission. This is a really good testbed, where you’ll get a sense of the playstyle of Leia and all the other iconic characters. You’ll learn the characteristics and timing of abilities and you’ll get a feel for how different ones work together and how you should combine them.”

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