DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront will let you "conquer the galaxy, planet by planet"

Microsoft Store preorder listing offers very brief breakdown of gameplay

Apparently, EA and DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront is out this December. How do I know? The Microsoft Store told me so - it proffers a very obviously not-true release date of 31st December 2013, plus a brief blurb that I will now use as the basis for some very large assumptions.

The blurb suggests that players will get to "relive and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before". OK, that chimes with the Hoth reference in the debut trailer. You'll also "play as one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront, and conquer the galaxy, planet by planet".


Different soldier classes and vehicles are nothing new, but the mention of turrets gives me pause - were there fixed emplacements in the previous games? And could "conquer the galaxy, planet by planet" refer to an over-arching strategy mechanic of some kind, perhaps tied to the multiplayer? I like over-arching strategy mechanics. [Update - This is clearly a reference to the age-old Galactic Conquest mode, isn't it. Sorry for presenting it as a New Thing.]

This isn't the only bit of Star Warsy intel that's bubbled up in the past 24 hours. Kotaku's Deep Throat equivalent Superannuation reports that "a major new next gen open world action game" is being developed by EA Canada, possibly with the aid of Dead Space developer Visceral Games - confirmed to be working on a Star Wars game of some hue.

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Thanks to Spawnfirst for spotting it.