We knew that Star Wars Battlefront would feature iconic heroes and villains from the original series, however only Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker have been officially revealed in gameplay footage. The Star Wars Battlefront blog has a new post that details how much thought and care went into designing the weapons and play-style of the galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunter: Boba Fett.
Boba Fett is unique in his airborne mobility, as he comes with a jetpack in his loadout. Players will be able to soar across the game’s large multiplayer maps to escape death and target enemies. Fett also comes equipped with an EE-3 Carbine Rifle and wrist launchers, just like in the original movie trilogy.
“When we first designed Boba Fett’s flight pack, it quickly became clear that the ability to fly unhindered was very powerful compared to other characters who didn’t have that ability,” Jamie Keen explains. “For instance, when Boba Fett was facing off with Luke Skywalker in early development, it was unbalanced as there were no limitations placed upon his flight capability. That’s why we’ve added a fuel mechanic which forces Boba Fett to land from time to time before he can take off again.”
If you’re facing off against Luke and your opponent can anticipate these landings, you might find yourself in a close encounter situation. But, once you’re up in the the air again, you can continue to take pot shots at Luke, which can in turn be deflected – a good example of the tactical dynamic the fights between Heroes and Villains contain.
Once you’ve had some time with Boba Fett, the flow of battle will be you shooting at enemies with your EE-3, and then punctuating that with either a rocket or flame attack whether you’re on the ground or in the sky. The chance to play around with different attack patterns like these is something the DICE team is very excited about.
Boba Fett’s loadout seems very impressive and will likely make him a popular character choice in the Heroes/Villains mode of the game. Full details on this game mode have not yet been released.
Star Wars Battlefront launches on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.