Developer DICE just showed off Star Wars Battlefront's blast mode. Blast mode is Battlefront's flavor of team death match.
Stated plainly, this isn't the game mode Battlefront and Battlefield fans were likely most excited to see revealed. However, it should come as no surprise that one of the most basic and requisite modes for most shooters will be included in the upcoming Star Wars themed first person shooter.
Though not the juiciest bit of intel to surface about Battlefront, Blast mode will undoubtedly fill servers with gamers ranging from those who want to work on a particular skill to players who simply crave pure twitch-action gameplay. And according to Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall, Blast mode will deliver just that.
"One battle you'll be fighting within interior levels on Endor or Sullust," says Brännvall. "In the next battle, you might find yourselves among Tatooine's dusty canyons, or inside the undeniably cool Ice Caves on Hoth. My favorite is the verticality of Tatooine, fighting by the Sandcrawler."
Blast mode will pit two teams of ten against one another in smaller versions of maps to keep the bodies near each other and the tracer fire tight. The first team to earn 100 kills or the team with the highest body count at the end of the rounds will win the match.
As is the case with deathmatch in Battlefield games, DICE isn't merely blocking off portions of maps to bottle up the action.
The tighter gameplay will likely see a repositioning of spawn points, but Brännvall at least confirmed that Blast mode's maps will have a feel that's different from their variates in other game modes.
"Say you've just played Walker Assault mode on Hoth and then switched to Blast, still on Hoth," says Brännvall. "Thanks to variations in lighting and time of day, you'll definitely see a difference."
Star Wars Battlefront launches on Nov. 17 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Right now, DICE has only revealed three heroes and villains that'll appear on the battlefield: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. DICE plans to announce more titans in the future along with more gameplay modes, so there's plenty more details to digest before the holidays hit.