When Star Wars Battlefront first launched, more than a few fans lamented on the game's lack of space battles. After all, dogfights in space between X-Wings and TIE Fighters are a huge part of the franchise.
The fact that EA's new Star Wars Battlefront was missing that key part of the Star Wars fantasy, something previous entries in the series delivered on spectacularly, didn't do the game any favors.
Now, nearly a year later, Star Wars Battlefront is at long last receiving a game mode that will take players to space, to the ground and back to space once more. It's called Battle Station, and it sounds like the kind of mode fans have been waiting for ever since the game was announced.
Coming as part of Star Wars Battlefront's Death Star DLC, Battle Station begins with players assaulting or defending a Star Destroyer in space. The Rebels, flying in X-Wings and A-Wings, need to hold off the Empire until Y-Wings arrive to make the Star Destroyer vulnerable. Once the bombs are away, Rebel pilots can then target the Star Destroyer's weak points to destroy it. The Empire, of course, is seeking to defend the ship.
Phase two of the mode moves players into the interior of the Death Star, where the Rebels are tasked with escorting an important droid to safety. The DLC's two new heroes, Chewbacca and Bossk, will join the battle here, as the Rebels and Imperial forces battle in areas inspired from the films.
Should the Rebels escort the droid to safety, the mode then goes back to space for phase three: blowing up the Death Star. It's the classic X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, Death Star trench battle fans remember from the original film, with a few lucky players getting the chance to become hero vehicles in the form of Luke's Red-5 X-Wing or Darth Vader's TIE Advanced.
As mentioned above, the mode is only coming for those who either A) have the game's $50 season pass or B) are willing to shell out $15 for the DLC separately. It's a shame that the mode, something that honestly sounds as if it should have been included in the game from the start, is only being made available via paid DLC. There is some silver lining, however. Over the past few months, EA has given players a chance to try out the game's previously-released DLC via free DLC weekends, so fans will likely get the chance to try out Battle Station free of charge at some point. If you aren't willing to wait, the Death Star DLC arrives for season pass owners on Sept. 20.