At the start of the month, DICE and EA revealed the content schedule for Star Wars Battlefront II. Amongst the schedule was a new game update that was due to bring along a new game mode. That mode, Capital Supremacy, arrives alongside the update today.
Capital Supremacy tasks players with winning a planetary battle before gaining access to their enemy's Capital Ship and destroying it. First, two teams of 20 players battle for control of five Command Posts on the planet's surface. Every command post captured allows AI ground troop reinforcements to be called in, and once enough reinforcements have been gathered, transport ships will appear. Players get a short amount of time to get to the transport ships, which they can then use to attack the enemy's Capital Ship. Clones and heroes attack the Separatist Dreadnought, while the Separatists and villains want to take down the Republic Attack Cruiser. Multiple timed charges will take it down, but if you fail to do so, the battle goes back to the planet's surface where the battle over Command Posts begins again. The match only ends once a Capital Ship has been destroyed.
The planetary battle will initially take place at Pipeline Junction West on Geonosis. The new location has sand dunes, cliff formations, hazardous areas contaminated by toxic waste from the droid foundries, and a boneyard where the reamins of large creatures can be found. The map has been built specifically for the new game mode so won't be familiar to players already.
As you can imagine, this also means the interiors of the Separatist Dreadnought and Republic Attack Cruiser capital ships are now available as playable environments. They've been modelled to represent the Clone Wars-era factions, so the Dreadnought MTTs will be painted in Separatist grey and blue colours. You'll be able to fight through the droid deployment bay and the cooling vent chambers. Meanwhile, the Republic Attack Cruiser lets players into its cargo bay and reactor core chambers.
All heroes and reinforcements will be from the Clone Wars era. The Light Side heroes include Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Chewbacca, while the Dark Side heroes include General Grievous, Count Dooku, Darth Maul, and Bossk. There are also two new reinforcements — Infiltrator class Republic ARC Trooper and Separatist BX Commando Droid. The ARC Trooper will be armed with dual-wielded DC-17 hand blasters, which can be charged for a Power Blast for a longer range high-damage shot. They'll also come with Helmet Scanners to show enemies through walls and smoke, and Shock Traps that emit bursts of electricity. Meanwhile, the BX Commando Droid has an E-5 blaster rifle for long range and a Vibrosword ability to deal with close range enemies. They also have the ability to create a smoke screen, with a Scanner ability that allows them to see through said screen.
Today's update also comes with updated lightsaber combat (more details here) and a whole range of other gameplay improvements and bug fixes. The full list of changes can be found in the game's patch notes.
The Capital Supremacy update goes live today, March 26th.
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