While the fate of Star Wars Battlefront III remains unclear, publisher LucasArts today announced a new entry in the third-person shooter series for Nintendo DS and PSP.
Dubbed Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, the game is due out this fall. Rebellion (SW Battlefront II PSP, SW Battlefront Renegade Squadron PSP) is handling the PSP edition, while n-Space (Call of Duty: World at War DS, SW: The Force Unleashed DS) has been tasked with the first Star Wars Battlefront title to hit Nintendo DS.
Alongside a "deep and engrossing single player campaign" centered around the rivalry between Force-sensitive clones X1 and X2, players will duke it out on-foot and in-vehicle across many well-known locales, including Hoth, Endor, Tatooine, and Yavin IV.
Both versions of the game will allow for all sorts of character customization, such as gender and species, with the PSP version supporting 16-person multiplayer and the Nintendo DS edition enabling up to 4 players to battle against each other.
Of course, a variety of fan-favorite Star Wars characters will be playable in multiplayer--Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, and the like.
That thing about X1 and X2 wasn't a joke, by the way. From today's press release:
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron features a deep and engrossing single player campaign that spans the entire Star Wars Saga - and beyond. Gamers assume the identity of X2, a clone trooper created from the DNA of a Jedi Master. Originally tasked with eliminating Jedi during Order 66, X2 decides to leave his blood-stained past behind and joins the Rebellion. X2 isn't the only Force-sensitive clone, however. X1, his clone brother, chooses a much more sinister path, leading to a confrontation that could determine the fate of both the Empire and the Rebellion.
remember the time when LucasArts was one of the best developers and not one of the worst publishers
Yeah. Whenever Lucasarts wants to raise the bar in terms of gameplay/experience against all other competitors out there I would welcome the challenge. Remember how DF2: Jedi Knight pushed the single player "story" in a FPS further than had ever been done at the time? That was some gaming goodness.