In the same month as the release of Star Wars: Battlefront EA and DICE offered the Battle of Jakku as the game's first batch of free content. However, there is more free downloadable content (DLC) on the way, according to a blog post from EA. In addition, three of the four upcoming expansions were revealed.
The next wave of free updates arrives on January 27. In addition to rebalancing multiplayer combat and weapons, players will be able to finally create private matches and participate in daily challenges and community events. The Tatooine stage for Survival mode will be renamed Raider Camp, and will also be expanded to accommodate other gameplay modes such as Blast, Droid Run, Heroes vs. Villains and Drop Zone. On the cosmetic side, you can equip new Hoth-themed clothing for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
The Battle for Jakku DLC introduced the new Turning Point multiplayer mode, and in February, it will be playable on all maps. Survival mode will use the current Hoth map as a new level. As a bonus, DICE will introduced another Hoth-based area, which you can play the Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron and Turning Point modes.
In March, there will be two more maps available for free. A new area on Endor will support Walker Assault, Supremacy and Turning Point, and another Tatooine map will be available for Survival mode.
In regards to the expansions, the developers didn't specify what would come in each paid DLC. They only said that you could get more content in the form of modes and maps, weapons and Heroes. For now, we only have the names of three expansions, which gives us an idea of what to expect in each update:
Outer Rim (March 2016)Bespin (Summer 2016)Death Star (Fall 2016)
A fourth expansion is scheduled for an early 2017 release, but its name wasn't revealed.
The Road Ahead
The combination of free and paid content means that DICE will continue to support Star Wars: Battlefront for over a year. The big focus for free updates seems to be on additional areas, but that could change based on what each paid expansion has to offer at release.
With gaming shows such as GDC, PAX East, E3 and PAX Prime on the horizon, EA is sure to keep the popular franchise at the center of attention throughout 2016.