Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, and avid readers can easily misinterpret or overlook clear indicators of a developer announcing key game features. This, however, was not the case with reddit user, jmario99, who in the September edition of Playstation Magazine UK, spotted something that could easily be overlooked. In an article regarding a hands on preview with Dice’s upcoming title, Star Wars: Battlefront, it was not only hinted, but explicitly revealed, by a person unbeknownst to us, that Battlefront will in fact include Speeder racing modes on Endor. You know, like the scene in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi where Leia and Luke sweep through the dense woodland floor while being chased by angry biker scouts with laser guns? Yeah, it looks incredibly awesome.
According to the article, these modes will be available in both single player with bots, and with split-screen and online co-op. While this alone to many would make up for the lack of a story mode, Dice still has a few treats up its sleeve, yet to be officially announced:
“Complementing Survival and competitive multiplayer are a series of trials introducing you to game mechanics. There’s Endor speeder bike racing, AT-AT tow cable tripping and X-wing crash courses, and these trials, like in Survival, can be played alone with bots, in splitscreen co-op or online co-op.”
Even though this does not guarantee that any of these modes will be in the final game, it does give room to speculation and imaginative wandering, if you would. It’s very possible that these features will just be standardized modes without any form of tie in to canon. But, they could also take a turn for the better, and put us in the boots of one of the biker scouts in pursuit of Leia and Luke, and give us the chance to see what would have happened, should they have been caught. It’s a long shot, but it’s most definately a new hope for Star Wars: Battlefront.
It has to be said, that none of the features listed above in any way have been officially announced by Dice or Electronic Arts, and that they only are tidbits taken out of a longer article. Still, with Dice hinting more features to be announced in the future, Speeder racing and X-wing crash courses seem very plausible to be some of those.
And while we’re on the topic of speeder racing, take a look at the original chase scene from Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi. It might be you one day.