Those eager to throw themselves into battle as the most iconic Star Wars™ characters will find Heroes vs Villains one of the most fantasy-fulfilling game modes of Star Wars™ Battlefront™. With three iconic dark side and three light side characters fighting head-to-head, you’ll never see as many formidable faces in one single game mode. .
Here to help us deep-dive into Heroes vs Villains is Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall. Read on to learn how it works, how dynamic it is, and how you can become a true master of the mode.
Heroes vs Villains is a game mode with short, intense rounds where iconic Star Wars characters will clash in dynamic fights. The matches are divided into rounds, where three players from each team randomly spawn as the Heroes and Villains of Star Wars Battlefront. In other words, you’ll see characters like Luke Skywalker face off against Darth Vader and Boba Fett, along with other Heroes and Villains that we’ll announce soon.
The rest of your team spawn as Rebels or Imperial troopers, making it a 6 versus 6 game mode total. When a Hero or Villain is defeated, that player will respawn as a regular trooper. Your team’s objective is to defeat all the opposing Heroes or Villains, or conversely have the highest number of Hero or Villain characters alive at the end of the round. In other words: both offence and defense is required.
How players tackle Heroes vs Villains tends to change based on their skill level. When beginners first try it, the three Hero and Villain characters usually clash in the middle of the map right away. But, as players get more experienced they realize that there are more subtle ways to play. They stay close to the Hero and Villain characters who can share health pickups, or go for the opponent’s supportive Hero first. There are a lot of tactics in there as well.
Personally, I’ve had loads of fun playing Heroes vs Villains on Homestead on Tatooine. You’ll see some clearly defined paths here: the Empire’s characters will spawn outside the homestead while the Heroes will start off in the control room. Action will mainly take place in the main hangar where you’ll see a parked Millennium Falcon. The Imperial troops might find it hard to attack through the main entrance here but once they find the alternative paths, a great cat-and-mouse game will occur.
So what’s it like playing as the three ground troopers? Well, you’re up against some pretty powerful foes so expect to be considered, well, expendable. That said, you’ll notice that the opposing team’s Hero or Villain characters rarely are after you – they’re chasing their powerful counterparts! And just because you’re not currently playing as a Hero doesn’t mean there’s no room for heroic deeds. Find a powerful pickup like the Smart Rocket and deal a healthy amount of damage to Darth Vader or whoever you’ve got in your sights.
It’s been great to observe the dynamic gameplay in early playtests of Heroes vs Villains. When the first Hero or Villain is defeated you’ll notice how that team adapts, staying away a bit and going for sniping shots instead. It’s also interesting when one team is down to their last Hero or Villain and the opponent has two or three left. The only way to win then is to attack, even though the odds are against you. You’ll see a lot of those thrilling rounds with action going on down to the wire.
I really hope you’ll enjoy the dynamic gameplay of Heroes vs Villains. Step into the role of these legendary characters, and let battle commence on November 17th!
- Dennis Brännvall