“Woo hoo lets blow this thing and go home.” were words quoted by Han Solo as Luke Skywalker made the final approach and blew up the death star during the battle of yavin in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’
Which is quite appropriate given that the whole Death Star battle from ‘A New Hope’ was the original template for ‘Star Wars’ video games back in the 80s and 90s and led to ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’ as well as ‘X-Wing’ and ‘Tie Fighter’, which simulated the space dog fights between the two small fighters from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy.
The reason I waffle on with such nostalgia is that we are going to see ‘Star Wars’ video gaming take a return to its roots in the new ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ game, which will be released in November.
Until recently the game was mostly going to centre on ground based combat, but it has recently been revealed that there will be a 20-person aerial combat mode for the game, which is appropriately called ‘Fighter Squadron’ mode.
From the little revealed it will allow players to engage in classic dogfights over the internet in which they can fly X-Wings, Tie Fighters and numerous other small fighter craft from the original trilogy. In the video released to show off the new game mode we get to see the iconic Millennium Falcon and there is even footage of Boba Fetts ship Slave 1.
You can look at the footage for yourself below:
All I can say is roll on November. As a fan of the classic dog fighting, which was featured in ‘Tie Fighter’, ‘X-Wing’ and ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’ I can’t wait to get my mitts on this.