Like many of you, Senior Producer Jamie Keen was eagerly anticipating the gameplay reveal trailer of Walker Assault on Hoth when it was presented at E3. Aware of all the surprises the piece had in store for fans, he had his eyes glued to reactions to each exciting moment.
At the trailer’s climactic end, the Rebels are in dire straits as Darth Vader has just entered the battle zone. Dominating the fight underneath the foreboding shadow of the mighty AT-AT, the evil Sith Lord seems unstoppable.
Enter Luke Skywalker. Dishing out Heavy Attacks and Force Pushes to control the crowds, the opposing stormtroopers have no chance. Eyes on the prize, Luke charges towards Vader, their Lightsabers clash, and the outcome is left to our imaginations.
“Seeing fan reactions to Luke entering the battle has been really overwhelming. We can totally relate to those feelings; Luke crossing Lightsabers with Vader is such an iconic moment,” says Jamie Keen.
Luke Skywalker is one of several playable Heroes in Star Wars™ Battlefront™, and fans of Star Wars™ will recognize his Star Wars™: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi™ look: dark clothes, gloved right hand, and his self-crafted green Lightsaber. Luke is an acrobatic character, immensely powerful, and skilled with the Force - but also somewhat new to his powers. Jamie Keen tells us how Luke’s powers and movement reflect the overall state of his development as a Jedi:
“His jump is based on a normal biomechanical jump, but it’s augmented by the Force. You see this in the films as well, such as when he’s jumping out of the carbonite pit or when he’s training on Dagobah.”
Luke’s movement is varied and powerful, featuring a wide-sweeping, heavy attack with his Lightsaber that can take out large groups of enemies. For more distant targets, the Force Push is a gratifying move that will send Imperial troops flying, and Saber Rush lets you use the Force to propel yourself extremely quickly for a lightning-fast attack.
You’ll get to step into Luke’s boots if you locate a pickup for the character. But be aware: your time as a Hero or Villain is limited, as your health will constantly decrease. You are able to extend that time and health by killing enemies though.
“Our goal was to give an average player around two minutes as a Hero or Villain,” says Keen. “But if you’re good enough, you might stretch that to around five minutes. In theory, you could play as Luke Skywalker for a whole match, but that is extremely unlikely. That said, the gauntlet is thrown!”
On November 17, you’ll get to pick up that gauntlet and try out Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and all the other iconic Heroes and Villains Star Wars Battlefront has to offer. Stay tuned for more deep-dives into these characters, and the reveal of more in the lineup.