The upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II single player campaign was written by Walt Williams, known for his work on Spec Ops: The Line, and Mitch Dyer, current EA Motive employee and former IGN reporter.
The story will begin as a book by Christie Golden that is out this summer, as it follows protagonist Iden Versio and her team who are tasked with eliminating Saw Gerrera’s Partisans, and then rise in the imperial ranks. That novel, called Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad will release on July 25.
Picking up from that story is Battlefront II‘s single player, where we get to play as Versio as she tries to hunt down and kill as many rebels as she can. As Kotaku reports, “EA Motive, if you’re not familiar, is a new-ish studio founded by former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond to help work on Star Wars games including this one and another, more mysterious game, developed by Visceral and helmed by former Uncharted director Amy Hennig.”
— Walt Williams (@waltdwilliams) April 15, 2017
Williams and Dyer seem rather excited to have been part of the project, and the news that Williams worked on the script is getting a decent amount of positive attention. Spec Ops: The Line is one of those politically minded shooters that gave you more than just an FPS vehicle, and to see Williams take his writing talent to the Empire makes a lot of sense. Dyer brings a whole lot of enthusiasm to the table as well. His only image up on twitter right now is an Inferno Squad helmet, so you know he’s excited about the project. He also had this to say about it:
I secretly worried working on Star Wars would ruin it for me. Battlefront II, Lucasfilm, SWCO gave the opposite effect. Never more in love 💞
— Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD) April 17, 2017
And that’s always a pretty positive sign. When writers are happy with their work, you know it’s either going to fail spectacularly or do fantastically well. There’s not much in between.
But more exciting than who wrote it, I think ,is the news that Amy Hennig is credited as helming the project. Disney, Lucasfilm, and EA all seem to be very interested in having women head Star Wars properties, between being the protagonists to having writing, directing, and producing roles behind the scenes. Not everyone is happy about it, but I’m not too worried. Given everything we know about Star Wars: Battlefront II so far, it looks to be an amazing game.
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