The latest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2 is here, and it shows off everything you could possibly want to know about the game. Heroes, modes, campaign, John Boyega, the works. But perhaps most interesting is that it also reveals every single planet location we'll be fighting on in the game. Since we're huge Star Wars nerds, how about a Guide to all those locations, descriptions for every one and what we can expect them to play like!
These 14 planets all have multiplayer maps. Some may have more than one map, others may feature in more than one multiplayer mode, whereas others might just have a single map and mode. Similarly some may only feature one of the three time periods, whereas others may possibly be played by all three.
Just for the record, the three time periods in the game are Clone Wars (Prequel Trilogy and Clone Wars TV series, Republic vs Separatists), Classic (Classic Trilogy, Rogue One and Rebels TV series, Empire vs Rebellion), and Sequel (Sequel Trilogy, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, First Order vs Resistance/New Republic).
Death Star II
Description: The Rebels' greatest victory that was nearly their complete defeat, the second Death Star hanging over the forest moon of Endor. Inside the Emperor and Darth Vader tempt Luke towards the Dark Side, while outside the Rebel Alliance fights for its survival against the Imperial Armada and this fully-armed and operational battle station. It's a trap!
How will it play? Probably a lot like the Death Star DLC assault from Star Wars Battlefront, over multiple stages. Starfighters fly around outside completing objectives before moving on to the interior of the Death Star II. Rebels vs Empire only.
Description: Home of the Wookiees, and the site of one of the last battles of the Clone Wars. It was here the Republic Forces tried to betray Yoda, and while that wasn't successful the new Empire did take over and enslave the population.
Period: Clone Wars, potentially Classic and Sequel.
How will it play? While in canon Kashyyyk was the last battle of the Clone Wars and strictly on land as Separatist forces stormed the beaches, there's no reason both Rebels vs Empire and First Order vs Resistance can't work here too. Kashyyyk was liberated by the New Republic shortly after the Battle of Endor, mostly thanks to Han Solo, and it could be a battleground again.
Description: A remarkably varied world for Star Wars, with forests, deserts and more. Home of the Twi'leks, the freeing of Ryloth has come into play in all three time periods of Star Wars, most notably during the Clone Wars where the Jedi were finally able to force the Separatists off the planet - only to have it fall under the Empire. The Free Ryloth movement was an early key part of the Rebellion. During the TV show Rebels Hera, a Twi'lek, freed many of the movement so there are plenty of battles to be fought here. Most notably, it did not join the New Republic, but crime cartels did funnel funds and information to the mysterious First Order.
Period: Clone Wars, potentially Classic and Sequel.
How will it play? Clone Wars will be the main battleground, recreating the 'Innocents of Ryloth' storyline. There's a blockade over the planet which could be home to a Starfighter battle or the first part of an Assault, and then attacking the Separatist forces on the surface. There's no reason this can't be done for the other two time periods as well.
Description: The true final decisive battle that ended the threat of the Empire for good took place over Jakku, although that was mostly a front to allow Imperial forces, along with the first child soldiers to become the First Order's elite troopers, to escape to the Unknown Regions deep in space. Later of course it became the home of Rey, who was left there for unknown reasons until she met up with Finn and BB-8 and escaped to join the Resistance. You've seen Force Awakens, you know the rest.
Period: Classic and Sequel.
How will it play? Jakku was the first free DLC for Battlefront 1 and the new one will be quite similar, however undoubtedly there will be big space battles this time too in the final clash between Empire and Rebels, with the Rebels trying to stop the Empire from escaping. The First Order and Resistance can certainly fight here too, in between the wrecks of ships from the previous battle.
Description: With the space battle raging on the Death Star II, Endor (or specifically, the Forest Moon of) was the site where the Rebels and the Ewoks fought the Empire for control of the Shield Generator to allow their fleet to attack the Death Star and bring it down. The player character of the campaign, Iden Versio, was on the ground fighting and watched the battle station fall.
How will it play? Endor should be confined to Empire vs Rebels, and all land-based as Death Star II gets the space part. There's a lot to do here though, with the Rebels trying to capture and bring down the Shield Generator. It'll probably play a large part of the beginning of the single-player campaign too. It was a pain in the arse of the first game, though.
Description: The ice planet of Hoth was home to a Rebel base but they were driven off it in a major battle. It's an unforgiving world, and even has ice monsters in the form of the Wampas. They might actually make an appearance this time.
How will it play? It's been in every Star Wars game ever, but Hoth does make for a thrilling battleground. Expect the Assault to be more elaborate this time, with the Rebels trying to fly out transports and the final part of the battle taking place in the base. It should only be the Classic timeline though, since no one ever returned to this awful place.
Description: The watery world of Kamino is home to a race that specializes in Clone technology, producing the Grand Clone Army of the Republic. It was well protected but the Separatists did attack it at least once, lead by General Grievous and Asajj Ventress. They failed however. During the Empire the Clone facilities were shut down, and Kamino was probably ruined.
Period: Clone Wars.
How will it play? Based around the watery walkways of Kamino, the Clone Troopers have to defend the facilities and the Separatists have to destroy them. No Starfighters were used since the attack came from the sea, sneakily.
Description: The planet has no official name, but the First Order's Starkiller Base was built into the planet and used to destroy multiple targets with its powerful weapon based on draining stars - devastating the New Republic and its fleet in one shot. Han Solo, Finn and Poe Dameron lead a daring attack on the Base which ended in Han's death but in victory for the Resistance, totally destroying Starkiller Base.
How will it play? Fighters try to blow up the Thermal Oscillator and invade the base, while the First Order repels. Shouldn't need to reach space at all, but will be fun.
Description: Home of the Rebel Base before the destruction of the First Death Star. A forest world with ancient Massassi temples. The Alliance may have won the Battle of Yavin but they were driven out by Imperial forces lead by Darth Vader afterwards.
How will it play? It all depends on whether the Death Star will feature - if that's the case why isn't the map called "Death Star I"? Most likely, and the video seems to confirm this, the battleground will be Rebels fleeing the planet from Imperial forces, which should be interesting. Ground attacks certainly, with the Rebels trying to protect transports similar to Hoth, and potentially space battles too.
Description: A wretched hive of scum and villainy on the planet Tatooine, home to both Luke and Anakin Skywalker.
How will it play? Honestly? No idea. It's certainly the oddest choice, as it's specifically Mos Eisley Spaceport rather than "Tatooine". Most likely the Rebels are trying to defend the Millennium Falcon from Imperial forces. Maybe it's just the site of a Blast battle rather than a big Assault.
Description: The Unknown Regions of space lie past the Outer Rim, and while a few planets such as the lightsaber crystal producing Ilum are accessible most of the Unknown Regions are locked behind a maze of black holes and storms that few ships can navigate. The Emperor did, finding a safe pass through the Regions to allow his forces to make a stronghold there where they could rebuild and become the First Order. It is also probably the home of Supreme Leader Snoke.
Period: Probably just Sequel.
How will it play? It may tie in to something that happens in The Last Jedi, since at the moment... no idea. Best guess, it's an intense space battle over Snoke's Mega Star Destroyer.
Description: The beautiful home of Anakin Skywalker's wife Padme, Emperor Palpatine, and, er, Jar Jar Binks. The first battle of the Prequel Trilogy, and thus the entire Star Wars Saga, took place here as Queen Padme Amidala's forces took on the Battle Droids of the Trade Federation, although it was also the site of several battles during the Clone Wars. Naboo was generally fine during Imperial rule, although they always feared the wrath of Palpatine. After the Battle of Endor, Imperial forces attempted to wipe out Naboo using storm generators. This was repelled, but the Empire would make several other attempts to attack Naboo before they were defeated at Jakku.
Period: Clone Wars, potentially Classic.
How will it play? We've already played it! An Assault of Clones vs Separatists, with the Droids attacking the Theed capital before making their way into the throne room to capture it, all while Starfighters fly overhead. Impressions coming later this week!
Description: The second planet of the Sequel saga, in The Force Awakens where Rey, Han, Chewie and Finn visit Maz Kanata at her sleazy bar that’s existed for generations until it promptly gets blown up by the First Order. It’s the scene of the first proper battle between the First Order and Resistance. Other than that it’s covered in forests and lakes.
How will it play? First Order defending, Resistance attacking and attempting to drive the Order out, with starfighters buzzing overhead. Much like a classic Battlefront map, come to think of it. Although whether a Trooper will come out and yell “Traitor!” is another matter.
Description: Mentioned and written about many times but never seen, Fondor is home to the shipyards where Imperial Star Destroyers and the like are pumped out for the Empire. Most notably in terms of Battlefront II, Fondor is the setting for one of the first missions of the game, with Iden Versio receiving orders from the late Emperor’s Sentinel above the shipyards when they get attacked by Rebel/New Republic forces. She’s forced to jump in a TIE Fighter and take on the Rebel squadrons.
Period: Classic and potentially Sequel.
How will it play? If the campaign is any indication, probably similar to the Death Star II battle in that it’ll be set entirely in space. The Rebel Alliance is attacking the shipyards and it’s down to the Imperial Remnant to fight them off. Presumably the Alliance wins when they’ve either destroyed the Shipyards or the Star Destroyer guarding it.
These four planets only feature in the single-player story campaign, although they may get multiplayer maps later. They most definitely are not the only campaign planets, as both Fondor and Endor also feature in the story. I will stick to the description since its obvious when they’re set and how they’ll play.
In the campaign you play Iden Versio, loyal Imperial officer, and part of the Emperor’s secret Operation Cinder, which is to make the Rebels pay for their victory dearly. The attack on Naboo was part of the Operation, although we don’t know yet if Iden was part of that.
Description: A volcanic world that’s been mentioned before canonically, such as when Darth Vader tells the Emperor that the Rebel fleet is gathering in Return of the Jedi, but never shown until 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront. DICE created the canonic vision of this planet filled with lava floes, much like their native Iceland. It was basically a giant mining and construction facility for the Empire, however it was actually one of the first planets liberated from Imperial rule, before even the destruction of the second Death Star. Consequently it’d make an ideal candidate for the Emperor’s revenge with Operation Cinder.
Description: A new planet unique to Star Wars Battlefront II, judging from the picture it seems to be a city planet similar to Coruscant or Hosnian Prime. We don’t know that much about it.
Description: Home of Iden Versio and her father Admiral Garrick Versio. Vardos is an Imperial conclave, praised for its efficient control. It’s described as an “Imperial utopia”. We doubt that we’ll be spending much time there, unless it gets attacked by Rebels or something…
Description: Finally, another planet we know – although we’re shocked this one isn’t getting a multiplayer map, especially since it had a DLC one for the first game. Bespin is a gas giant and home to Lando Calrissian’s mining colony of Cloud City, which was taken over by the Empire following the events of The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the second Death Star it played a large part in the (canonical!) iOS game Star Wars: Uprising, although it was eventually liberated from Imperial control. We can only imagine what Iden is doing there.
So that’s all the new planets and locations in Star Wars Battlefront II! We hope you enjoyed our informative run-through, now enjoy the video again below and see how many you can spot!
Star Wars: Battlefront II is out November 17. The beta kicks off October 9, or October 4 for pre-order customers on Origin.