E3 2015: Warding off Stormtroopers in Star Wars Battlefront's co-op Missions

While Star Wars Battlefront is largely anticipated for its multiplayer combat, the game will also include single-player and co-op Missions. Shacknews had a chance to go hands-on with Survival during E3 2015.


While Star Wars Battlefront will have its share of multiplayer madness, with 20-on-20 battles set to take center stage, the game will also pack in its share of single-player and co-op content. DICE first hinted at Missions during the game's initial reveal, but EA went into more detail during E3 2015. Not only that, Shacknews had a chance to try this mode out.

For our hands-on with one of Battlefront's Survival missions, the scene was Tatooine, the desert home planet of the Skywalkers. With Stormtroopers on the way, the idea was simply to survive. A tall task for myself, I grabbed a controller along with Show Important's Joe Tirado to ward off the incoming Imperial squadrons. For this demo, there were two different layouts, each with three different gadgets for defense, armor rounds, and more. Primary weapon selection also had its share of blasters, each with their own different stats. Upon selecting a standard assault blaster, it was time to fight off the Imperials.

Tatooine is a wide-open space, filled with cliffs, crags, and rocks. With high ground available, Joe and I attempted using our jet packs to traverse the area. While Joe was able to gracefully reach the high ground, it took me some getting used to, since the jet pack operates in bursts. Those that aren't careful will get caught off-guard by the sudden boost.

Blasters were able to reach long range and while some Stormtrooper varieties were tougher than others, taking out the ground troops wasn't too difficult a task. That's when the walkers started coming. The fourth wave saw us warding off Stormtroopers, as well as AT-ST walkers. At this point, the armor rounds tied to the left bumper are required, but since the anti-armor weapon needs to recharge after a single shot, taking out a walker can be trickier than it looks.

The numbers overwhelmed us after about six waves, but this horde-based mode offered an idea of how these Survival missions will go. There isn't a lot of cover, so prevailing will require better aim than an average Stormtrooper. With a wide open area, players will also need to be on the move frequently, though not so much that they wind up losing one another.

This is just a sample of the Missions that are available in Star Wars Battlefront. DICE is indicating that there will be several other Mission types available, all designed for replayability and all playable in online and local co-op.

Star Wars Battlefront will arrive on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 17.

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From The Chatty
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      June 17, 2015 8:20 AM

      I wish they called this Battlefield Star Wars instead.

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        June 17, 2015 8:50 AM

        The Star Wars series has ALWAYS been called Battlefront.

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        June 17, 2015 9:03 AM

        It's not related to battlefield in any way.

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        June 17, 2015 10:34 AM

        As others mentioned, it's not a Battlefield game. The Battlefront series has been around since 2004.

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        June 17, 2015 10:49 AM

        I know this gentlemen but as a longtime Battlefront fan what I've seen so far looks more like Battlefield with a Star Wars skin on it hence I feel they should have just titled it a Battlefield game.

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          June 17, 2015 11:18 AM

          Well Battlefront was made because they wanted to emulate the Battlefield series.

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            June 17, 2015 11:31 AM

            Kinda sorta but it was different and stood out and it wasn't a shoddy clone.

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              June 17, 2015 11:32 AM

              The second one was great but it's honeymoon period was so damn short. Too bad the original third one never got made.

              Were fortunate that this exists.

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                June 17, 2015 1:36 PM

                All the alpha footage from the 3rd game was awesome!!! They should've just let the Battlefront title die a honorable death but as usual EA doesn't give a flying fuck...

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                  June 17, 2015 1:39 PM

                  It would be way too confusing to just use the Battlefield name. Is it a new game? Expansion? DLC? And it's not always a guaranteed to bring good fortunes, case in point Hardline.

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                    June 17, 2015 3:47 PM

                    They should've just called it something else in fact anything else would've worked because this is not Battlefront.

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                      June 17, 2015 3:53 PM

                      Star Wars ✓
                      Shooter gameplay ✓
                      Capture points ✓
                      Huge multiplayer ✓
                      Familiar movie set pieces ✓
                      Rebels vs Empire ✓
                      Blasters ✓
                      Thermal Detonators ✓
                      Jet packs ✓
                      Walkers ✓
                      Speeders ✓
                      Fighters ✓
                      Playable hero characters ✓

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                        June 17, 2015 3:59 PM

                        Still just not Battlefront.

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                          June 17, 2015 4:01 PM

                          It's not the same developer from the past but it's still the same genre and many of the same features. Plus it's not a numerical sequel so it's more like a reboot.

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                            June 17, 2015 4:31 PM

                            Its FPS not TPS so different genre. Reboot might as well have called it Battlefield then.

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                              June 17, 2015 6:39 PM

                              You can switch between first and third person, just like the old Battlefront games.

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        June 17, 2015 10:52 AM

        Guys it does look more battlefield than battlefront. The only change to battlefield is the setting

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        June 17, 2015 11:04 AM

        Who cares what it's called, it's gonna 0wn!

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      June 17, 2015 8:49 AM

      I'm super bummed this is only 2 player. :(

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        June 17, 2015 9:04 AM

        Missions would honestly be a lot more fun with four players, especially once the walkers start coming in.

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          June 17, 2015 9:32 AM

          Agreed. I was kinda thinking of being able to do squad tactics. So, maybe even 6 player squads, but at least 4. Wonder if this is some odd console limit. I wouldn't think, but since it's always developed for a console first it's hard to know for sure.

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          June 17, 2015 1:19 PM

          There's white walkers in this too?

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        June 17, 2015 11:19 AM

        In two they always come. A master and an apprentice.

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      June 17, 2015 9:21 AM

      Damn this looks so fun!!

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      June 17, 2015 12:54 PM

      omg, at 1:18 (when they shoot the flying trooper), is that the Wilhelm scream?


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      June 17, 2015 4:00 PM


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        June 17, 2015 5:09 PM

        It sounds like a Spec Ops mode, like the one in Modern Warfare 2, which was fantastic.

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          June 17, 2015 6:07 PM

          Sounds more like wave based horde / survival modes, they even say: The numbers overwhelmed us after about six waves, but this horde-based mode offered an idea of how these Survival missions will go

          Maybe there are some actual coop missions that aren't just wave based arenas or repurposed MP objective maps, the article states there are a few more mission types, but there's no info on them yet?

          I don't know why everyone isn't doing stuff like MW2's Spec-Ops for coop missions. Even the Call of Duty games haven't done it like MW2 ever again, and that's a shame. Although BLOPS3 is doing full campaign coop so that's something.

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