EA has announced that DICE’s upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront will feature 12-multiplayer maps, and let me guess! Hoth is going to be one of them. How many times have I played a video game version of the Battle of Hoth? How many times have I brought an AT-AT to its knees with harpoons and tow cables? Countless, and I’m about to do it all over again.
Actually, the latest revealed level is the frozen planet Sullust, but it is far more volcanic than the icy plains of Hoth that the rebels made their base on. DICE modeled its version of Sullust from footage taken on a location scout in Iceland, and a recent blog post from EA illustrates the studio’s inspirational trip.
Lead Environment Artist Andrew Hamilton says “it’s very barren in a beautiful way. It hints at all the features in our concept and all the content we needed to gather…all the materials, rock shapes and even the lava.”
“It’s all about grounding in reality. Everything needs to look like something you could actually imagine existing. That’s what we wanted to do with Sullust…make it feel out of this world but like it could actually exist.”
The blog post also comments on the size of the maps, saying that “Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while others are tailored to more intimate, close quarters combat.”
Variety is the spice of life, and the spice must flow! Wait, wrong science fiction universe.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be released on Nov. 17 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Expect more details at E3.