Star Wars: Battlefront has some new heroes, but we’re using the term loosely.
Developer DICE revealed details today on the online shooter’s next expansion, Outer Rim. Notably, the downloadable content adds Sullustan pilot Nien Nunb as a hero for the Rebels and the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo for the Empire. It alsos introduce new locations set on the planets Tatooine and Sullust and a new game mode, Extraction, in which Rebels have to carry an item out of a map while the Imperials try to stop them. Battlefront has been a big hit for publisher Electronic Arts, selling over 13 million copies. Downloadable content like this, which is a part of the game’s $50 season pass, can earn extra money and keep players engaged (which makes them more likely to buy future content).
Nien Nunb and Greedo are interesting choices for new heroes. They aren’t nearly as well known or iconic as the current roster, which includes Han Solo, Luke Sykwalker, Princess Leia, Emperor Palapatine, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. Heck, Greedo was only in one scene in the entire franchise (a scene he didn’t even survive). Nien Nunb at least had a role in last year’s The Force Awakens. Still, DICE has limited its choices by setting the game exclusively in the original trilogy’s timeline. Also, it already has the character models for their respective alien races as customization options for players in the game, so adding these two probably didn’t take a ton of work.
It’s also a little surprising to see that the new maps won’t take on any new planets, instead returning players to Tatooine and Sullust. However, the actual locations, which include Jabba’s Palace and a smelting factory, are new.