Here's some big news for all those patiently awaiting the release of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront. Reports indicate that Star Wars Battlefront is set to be released with as many as 12 different multiplayer maps, including the one set in Planet Sullust.
In a recent blog post related to the game, developer DICE noted that there are a number of new and interesting locations "when you include the Star Wars Battlefront Missions."
"Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while others are tailored to more intimate, close quarters combat," DICE added.
But more importantly, he detailed on the new planet Sullust that will play a major role in the new game, aside a few of its concept arts as well. Sullust is loosely based on the topography of Iceland, showcasing an unwelcoming volcanic world full of uneven rock formations and bubbling lava beneath the surface.
"When the DICE team first set foot on the Icelandic surface, parts were bubbling, giving off short yet intense bursts of heat. The solid ground gently rumbled, reverberations felt from head to toe. They stood still, looking far and wide only to see eerie streams of smoke rolling across the horizon and over awkward arrangements of gigantic black rocks," DICE wrote about its experience.
Andrew Hamilton, Lead Environment Artist, and other DICE members were sent to study and capture the desolate Icelandic environment for the game. Hamilton stated that "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."
Apart from that, the planet is also expected to offer a large Imperial presence as the planet is home to a mine that's somewhat similar to the architectural design of the Death Star.
"It's all about grounding in reality. Everything needs to look like something you could actually imagine existing," said Hamilton, adding, "That's what we wanted to do with Sullust...make it feel out of this world but like it could actually exist."
The post also detailed on the fact that of the 12 multiplayer maps in Star Wars Battlefront (more locations when Star Wars Battlefront Missions are included), some 'feel familiar'. "These include the lush forests of Endor or the tundra of Hoth that allow you to re-live your favourite moments from the films," DICE said.
"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," DICE noted.
Star Wars Battlefront is currently set to be released on 17 November on PS4, Xbox One and PC.