Star Wars Battlefront Launches With 12 Multiplayer Maps; Details on Recreating the Planet of Sullust

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EA and DICE shared some new information on Star Wars Battlefront today. While Endor, Tatooine and Hoth reference photographs were easy to capture, by visiting the actual locations used  in the original trilogy, Sullust was trickier. The new planet of Sullust which has not been seen before but only referenced in Return of the Jedi required the developing team to travel to Iceland in order to capture the right combination of barren landscapes, rock formations and lava.

DICE Concept Artist Anton Grandert having some fun while on location in Iceland

To build a dynamic and exciting world for our players, the team at DICE then visited the Lucasfilm archives for further research. We wanted to build on the existing lore that the planet Sullust had an Imperial presence. And this idea proved to become a major influence in the design of the planet for the game. We studied the Death Star’s architecture and material to inspire ways in which we could incorporate the structures, almost as if the same architect who designed the Death Star left their mark on the structures that stand across the surface of Sullust in Star Wars Battlefront.

From the concepts, the next goal was to figure out how to create the lava filled world. To make things difficult, we needed to identify a location to capture the content for our photogrammetry process. This process for planets such as Endor and Hoth were easier as we traveled to the real locations where the films were shot to obtain reference imagery. In the case of Sullust, where on Earth could we find a location that looks like another planet? And this brings us back to that first moment in Iceland.

DICE Senior Level Artist Pontus Ryman traversing the other-worldly landscape of Iceland, which served as the teams’ inspiration for Sullust



Star Wars Battlefront will launch with 12 multiplayer maps, each of them using different areas of the included planets

“The overall look and feel for Sullust is very much Imperial and under construction, playing in locations within the planet such as a lava theme, sulfur theme, Death Star-inspired theme, and lastly a mine theme,”

Of the 12 multiplayer maps in Star Wars Battlefront (there are even more locations when you include the Star Wars Battlefront Missions), some feel immediately familiar — such as the lush forests of Endor or the tundra of Hoth that allow you to re-live your favorite moments from the films. Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while others are tailored to more intimate, close quarters combat. Our goal is to bring a variety of battle fantasies to life, with map design catering to the modes that will play out on those maps. Above all, we want you to create new memories of your own in new places you’ve never seen before.

In celebration of Star Wars Day, EA has provided two wallpapers for Star Wars fans:

Preorders for Star Wars Battlefront are available for both the Standard and Deluxe versions. As producer Jesper Nielsen stated, gameplay will come in due time, so it would be safe to assume that the development diaries will lead up to that.

Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 17 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. We will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous Star Wars Battlefront coverage as well as the latest teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters on December 18. Be sure to check out our previous coverage on star Wars : Battlefront for more information about the game, here and here.

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