Throwing yourself head-first into the multiplayer world of Star Wars™ Battlefront™ is a viable option, if you are an experienced gamer and know your way around a blaster. However, you can gain an edge over your Imperial or Rebel enemies with the Training Missions – and you might spend more time there than you thought.
Viktor Lundberg, Mission Scripter for Star Wars Battlefront, is here to answer questions about the Training Missions. Read on, and you’ll learn how to be a master of blasters, X-wings, snowspeeders, and even advanced villainy playing as Darth Vader himself.
What do the Training Missions consist of?
There are five different Training Missions, and also a tutorial called Probe Droids where you’ll learn about blasters, Star Cards, and blowing up Imperial hardware. In the Beggar’s Canyon Training Mission, you’ll soar through the Tatooine skies, bringing down TIE fighters with your X-wing. You’ll master yet another iconic vehicle in the Invasion Snowspeeder mission, set on the icy planet of Hoth.
Do I get to play as the Empire as well?
Absolutely. Playing as an Imperial soldier, you’ll get a feel for the powerful AT-ST Walkers in the Overpower mission and in Endor Chase your objective is to hunt down Rebel scum who have stolen speeder bikes on the forest moon of Endor. Finally we have The Dark Side, a Training Mission that lets you play as the galaxy’s most feared villain, Darth Vader. Use your Lightsaber™ and Force powers to attack a Rebel base on Hoth, and team up with a friend to get none other than Emperor Palpatine fighting beside you!
Can I play the Training Missions with a friend?
Yes! You can take on all Training Missions together with a friend online or in splitscreen co-op.
Are the Training Missions just a tutorial?
Our goal was to make the Training Missions more than a straight-up tutorial where you just get thrown into a shooting range. You’ll find a lot of context and familiar Star Wars moments in all missions. In the AT-ST Overpower mission for instance, you’ll see big fights between capital ships in the sky and action going on all around you on the battlefront.
Who are the Training Missions designed for?
There is something both for casual and more advanced players in there. If you want to learn the fundamentals and get a feel for the controls, the Training Missions are a great start. You can jump into a snowspeeder and practice the Tow Cable maneuver without the stress of doing it in a live multiplayer match.
What’s in it for the more experienced players?
There is quite a lot of replayability in these missions – something our very competitive development team can confirm. Internally at DICE, we’ve held competitions for the Endor Chase mission to see who the fastest speeder bike driver is. Another great challenge is to complete the Invasion mission with a completely undamaged power generator. Competitive players can really test their skills in the Training Missions and go for the max rating of three stars on them all.
We hope you will enjoy the Training Missions when Star Wars Battlefront arrives on November 17th. They’re a great shortcut to sample the game’s planets and get you warmed up for the multiplayer experiences that await.