Friday, 9 October 2015

The Heroes + Villans of Star Wars™: Battlefront™ - Luke Skywalker + Darth Vader

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.

The Force

Luke Skywalker is one of several playable Heroes in Star Wars™ Battlefront™, and fans of Star Wars™ will recognise 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 19 in the United Kingdom, 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.

Looming, foreboding, and arguably the most menacing characters of all time, Darth Vader is one of the playable Villains in Star Wars Battlefront. With a plethora of powerful moves, Darth Vader’s presence on the battleground will strike fear into all opponents.

Almost unstoppable with his melee moves, Darth Vader has a heavy Lightsaber™ attack for short-range uses that will come in handy fighting against a group of Rebels. The iconic Force Choke ability, seen in the Walker Assault trailer, lets you strangle enemies from a distance and move them against their will.

Senior Producer Jamie Keen assures us that there will be quite a lot of depth when you play as Darth Vader. With a bit of practice, you’ll learn how to prioritise threats, and handle several enemies at once. Experimenting with Vader’s different attacks and chaining them together is something we hope you’ll find hugely satisfying.

The aforementioned Force Choke is, for instance, great to combine with Vader’s Saber Throw move, where you throw your weapon against a group of enemies with devastating results.

“It’s great for crowd control,” Keen says. “The Saber Throw’s area of effect has been fine-tuned during development to make sure it’s as powerful as it should be.”

So what’s the best strategy if you should suddenly face Darth Vader on the battlefront? Run for your life? No. You can make a dent in Vader’s armor if you use the best tactics for these situations – and it can really be worth your while.

“If you face off with a Villain like Darth Vader one-on-one, you’re basically done. So the best strategy is to get help from your teammates and attack together. Also, the melee Heroes and Villains are particularly vulnerable from behind, so try to avoid frontal attacks,” Keen says.

Vader, and all the other Heroes and Villains, are huge point buckets and there’s a lot to earn if you play your cards right. If you make the kill, or more than a certain amount of damage, you’ll be handsomely rewarded.

Whether you’ll be facing this malevolent threat or be behind the mask yourself, we hope Darth Vader’s presence on the battlefield will keep the fight interesting when Star Wars Battlefront releases November 19 in the United Kingdom. We have many more Heroes and Villains left to reveal, so stick around to this page for more in-depth looks.

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