There's no shortage of details when it comes to Star Wars Battlefront
's highly-anticipated multiplayer modes. We've already gone over details on Blast Mode
, Squadron Mode
, and Supremacy Mode
. Now, we take a look at Drop Zone Mode, another tactical objective based mode where players will need to keep an eye on the sky as well as the positions of their team mates and enemies.
Drop Zone will be very similar to King of the Hill. Drop pods will fall from the skies and into Drop Zone centres where two teams of up eight players will need to scramble to capture and control these objectives. Once reaching the pod, a short capture process will take place. If all five pods are successfully captured and controlled by one team, or a team controls the majority of the five pods after the 10-minute match, then this team wins. If a stalemate occurs where possession is constantly changing and no team can defend long enough to claim the pod, another pod is sent down and some players will more than likely scurry off to try their chances with the freshly dropped pod.
There's no standing around in Drop Zone as players will need to be quick thinking and constantly on the move. You may think that your freshly claimed pod is all well and safe while you soak up the visuals, but a well-placed explosive or even an Orbital Strike from your opposition could soon clear out a bunch of players that are trying to sit and defend a pod. Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall is all about the fast paced gameplay in Battlefront
:This goes hand in hand with our design philosophy behind many of the game modes in Star Wars Battlefront. We’re promoting the idea of a fast, action-packed game where you need to be mobile and think on your feet. Camping doesn't really pay off.
Besides the satisfaction that already comes with capturing objectives and winning matches, the pods that need to be claimed will also contain Power Pickups. Once the pod opens up, "the contents can definitely be worth the risk". However, while you and some of your team stand around awaiting the treasures within the pod, the next pod will already have landed at another location. Be sure to make your decisions wisely.
The use of Droids and Turrets will prove beneficial in Drop Zone. Predicting where the drop zones will be won't be easy, so covering certain sections with the use of a turret could be a good idea. Viper Droids will be able to outline where the enemies are coming from, giving the player a tactical edge should the pod drop nearby.
Brännvall promises that Drop Zone will be as "entertaining and interesting as possible" regardless of on what map you're playing and he details his personal favourite: Playing Drop Zone on the Swamp Crash Site on Endor is a personal favorite. The map has a couple of nice choke points but is overall very free-flowing and hectic, as enemies can attack from anywhere on that level. The fight takes place around a crashed GR-75 transport ship with containers from the craft strewn across the landscape, and there’s one section with a waterfall overlooked by an Ewok village, where you have to jump down into the pool below in order to claim the pod, hoping no one’s hiding in the trees above waiting to pick you off.Star Wars Battlefront
will release on the Xbox One on November 17th.