EA has announced three new additions to the roster of Hero and Villains for Star Wars Battlefront: Hope Solo, Princess Leia, and Emperor Palpatine. All three will be playable and each will have unique abilities and attributes.
Han Solo’s abilities will include: Rapid Fire , Lucky Shot, and Shoulder Charge. Rapid Fire allows you to fire his blaster as fast as you can pull the trigger. Lucky Shot is a charged attack that deals great damage and breaks blocks from villains. Shoulder Charge is a type of dodge that allows you to get in or out of battle quickly.
Lead designer Jamie Keen stated on Han Solo, “Similar to a Rebel trooper, but with a greatly boosted arsenal, Han Solo might be the easiest Hero character to get into. Offensive output, damage, and mobility–that’s what this guy’s about.”
Princess Leia’s abilities will include: Trooper Bane, Enhanced Squad Shield, and Supply Drop. Trooper Bane kills stormtroopers in one hit and does heavy damage to villains. Enhanced Squad Shield is a more powerful version of the Squad Shield. Lastly, Supply Drop drops a variety of power ups for rebel fighters.
Keen stated on Princess Leia, “It’s clear that Leia is a leader, so in Star Wars Battlefront she’s very much about support play, buffing team members, and holding positions. Furthermore, players spawning close to her will spawn as Alderaan Honor Guards.”
Emperor Palpatine’s abilities will include Force Lightning, Chain Lightning, Imperial Resources, and Force Dash. Force Lightning does significant damage to anyone nearby. Chain Lightning does significant damage in all directions. Imperial Resources gives various power ups to stormtroopers. Lastly, Force Dash allows you to move in or out of battle quickly.
Keen stated, “We wanted many different things with the Emperor. We wanted him to be very mobile, but also about deception and fooling people that he’s fragile and weak. As you’ve seen in the original Star Wars trilogy, Palpatine pretends to be a weak old man, when he in fact is extremely powerful. That two-faced side was something we wanted to convey in gameplay and the Emperor’s abilities.”
These three playable characters makes six confirmed hero or villains. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett are the other three confirmed characters. Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 17.