Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron deploys this fall

LucasArts' action-oriented space opera games arriving to PSP, DS courtesy of Rebellion, n-Space later this year.

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board hasn't been as reliable as it has been in year's past when it comes to inadvertently revealing publishers' upcoming new releases. However, the industry rating board did slip up last week, listing the as-yet-announced Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron for the Nintendo DS and PSP with an E10+ ratings as well as fantasy violence descriptors of the lightsaber and blaster rifle kind.

Elite Squadron on the PSP.

Thunder thus stolen, LucasArts today officially announced Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, saying the handheld title would arrive for the DS and PSP this fall. Rebellion Software has been tasked with the PSP edition of Elite Squadron, having crafted the well-regarded Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron for Sony's handheld in 2007. LucasArts also confirmed for GameSpot that n-Space has been tasked with the DS edition of the game.

Elite Squadron on the DS.

One of the primary new additions to the Star Wars Battlefront franchise is the ability to fight in various capacities, according to LucasArts. Players will be able to pound the ground as an infantryman, battle in vehicles close to terra firma, and dogfight in spacecraft. Elite Squadron also offers an all-new storyline, in which players assume the role of X2, an Imperial trooper cloned form a Jedi Master who defects to the Rebellion.

Elite Squadron also supports what LucasArts called "the deepest customization options ever seen in a Star Wars Battlefront title," which extends to players' weapons, armor, species, gender, appearance, and physical attributes. Both editions of the game will also feature multiplayer modes, with the PSP game offering action for up to 16 and the DS version supporting up to four.

Discussion

147 comments
The_R3AP4
The_R3AP4

Why can't they make a console version?

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

I'm curious too to know how the DS will fare with its graphical limitations to an huge Star Wars game,but im sure the guys behind the game would not allow it to be a buggy game,so im looking forward to it on the DS since I only have it!

shotgun_org
shotgun_org

Hmm, how will the frame rate and draw distance work in a game this size on such a weak portable device (DS), the PSP's is possible, though I bet game lag maybe an issue. Wish they would make a PC version XD

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

one word: isohunt! DONT CHOOSE BETWEEN GAMES!!!

mlanca0597
mlanca0597

so is this taking the place of battlefront 3 or is it another game like renegade squadron? We need a PS3 version of this!

david1233
david1233

Hm i'm probably gonna have to choose between this and Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.

xXvenom5150Xx
xXvenom5150Xx

Hm..I love Battlefront and have a DS and PSP. I will probably end up getting it for PSP. 16 person multiplayer sounds alot better than four.

shadoxnova
shadoxnova

Im really looking forward to this... Now only if Sony would put the Trophy System on the PSP as well... That would be AWESOME!

freeofkings
freeofkings

i hope it has infrustructure. if so i will get it. they said it had multiplayer so im hopefull.

alosborne
alosborne

@gamer594- The E10+ rating is for the DS not the PSP. This game looks awesome though.

EseSerioLoczX4
EseSerioLoczX4

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, Tekken 6....IM GETTIN ALL OF THESE! gotta start saving some money!

JohnnyWPSP
JohnnyWPSP

Its insane how many cool games are getting announced for PSP this year.

sithphil87
sithphil87

wow this sounds awesome but if they really want to appeal to gamers, they need to put on a console. I have a psp but i dont wanna play this game on the psp. i wanna play it on my console. i have the other battlefronts on console and was praying for a game like this on the next gen console, but when i saw that this for for hand helds, i flipped out. what a waste of time. if it isn't for a console, why bother.

aggelos6
aggelos6

All i read is this : "We want a next-gen BF !", or "LucasArts sucks.Bring us BF 3!".Calm down people. Do you think that BF 3 will be developed in five months ,and it will be a great game ? It needs time to make a next-gen BF.This is just a game to please the fans as long as they wait for 3...

tekken220
tekken220

@Rikufan I played online in SWB: Renegade Squadron and many people were playing online.

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

come on console battlefront please!!!!!!!!!!!! thats an order trooper!!!!

tcd311
tcd311

AH COME ON!!! Where is the PS3 battle front??? NO MORE PORTABLE star wars battlefront games! I need a full fledged console version, like 1 & 2. I love the star wars battle front series.

tpeeple1
tpeeple1

I hope this game has different control schemes. I like moving with triangle square circle and x. I aim with the analog. I would rather move blindly than aim blindly.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Boo, I clicked on this story expecting a new battlefront for the consoles...

Nextgengamer2
Nextgengamer2

Ok.... this is cool, but wheres battlefront 3?

MakubeXZ
MakubeXZ

I used to get bored of all games, Battlefront and Rogue Squadron were nice but i think Lucas Arts should do more effort in their works, However i still playing StarWars JediAcademy I love that game

darthslim108
darthslim108

Sweet!! The story seems a bit far-fetched (force-sensitive clone troopers???) but just the thought of playing Star Wars Battlefront on my DS is awesome. I wish they would include wi-fi multiplayer battles, but it still sounds cool. n-Space's last DS Star Wars game (Force Unleashed) wasn't perfect, but it had it's high points. Let's hope they make this one even better! Also, the story sounds very similar to what was in the leaked Battlefront 3 footage, so maybe there's still hope for that (or maybe it got so screwed up that all they could salvage was a handheld port, but I hope that isn't the case).

Rikufan
Rikufan

Why would they put online for the psp that no one plays online and put a shooter for the ds that dosnt play shooters well expcept for MPH and moon but maybe this is hinting at BF3

Legend002
Legend002

Maybe this hints the long awaited BF3. Either way, this is a great deal.

viethoaiphan
viethoaiphan

i loved renegade squadron because of the great multiplayer. the only problem were the hackers. i hope this game fixes some of that.

CalibusTheCrab
CalibusTheCrab

dammit, They better put these new options into III.

gamer594
gamer594

i remeber republic commando..... that was awsome.

gamer594
gamer594

e10+ ratings!? this better not be some kid game or something.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

Lucasarts use to be SOOOO good, the only company which could make good film games but now...they are going downhill. KOTOR, Rogue leader, Republic Commando RIP I hope this is good...

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

What i have found on the internet is that the company Free Radical that made Battlefron 3 is dead and gone. And most of the stuff gone with them. So basicly thay downgraded Battlefront 3 to a cheep PSP version. Witch is basicly PS2 era. So Damm indeed. So basicly thay downgraded it fron next gen to PS2. Well we still have Star Was Clone Wars Republic Hero. Im looking forward to that. But in there seam to be a few features that seam very interesting to me in Elite Squadron. Im very disapointed that SW BF 3 is gone. /Cry

JMizzle
JMizzle

Where is Battlefront 3? Number 2 came out in what, 2005? Get it together Lucasarts!!

Turk130
Turk130

Blood Reino, I hope your right, I've been waiting for Battlefront 3 for ages. Anyway, this still looks decent even if it is for the PSP and DS

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

What LucasArts really needs to do is work on KOTOR3 and make a sequel to Republic Commando!

Blood_Reino
Blood_Reino

"OMG, they really need to make a battlefront game onto the Xbox and PS3. This is good for both PSP and DS, I would probably get it for my PSP but they shouldn't waste their time on a handheld game and make one for the big consoles. They would make more money than they can go make a handhled game." They are making battlefront 3. 360 n ps3 exclusive

benboz
benboz

OMG, they really need to make a battlefront game onto the Xbox and PS3. This is good for both PSP and DS, I would probably get it for my PSP but they shouldn't waste their time on a handheld game and make one for the big consoles. They would make more money than they can go make a handhled game.

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

The DS or the PSP version? Hmmm.... after a couple months this will definitely go down in price for the PSP. Nintendo NEVER lets prices go down on ANY game that sells well.

abosh1
abosh1

Well this is good for people who own a DS or a psp, but i really hope they make Battlefront 3 as well!

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I swear I saw this cloned jedi trooper (guy in the ss above) in the bf3 trailer, getting owned by a real jedi...maybe it was a different guy...dunno.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Maybe this will be fun for N and $ony fans

DFBTG
DFBTG

I was so hoping that this would be a (real) Battlefront 3 for the 360/PS3. My hopes were dashed. Although I will admit that if I actually had a PSP/DS I would buy this (although my dislike for handhelds would probably prevent me from actually playing it...yeah, it makes perfect sense). Seriously though, the customization thing sounds interesting. However, I'd much prefer a next-gen Battlefront. I'm not entirely sure what all they'd add to it, though. Add some stuff from the expanded universe? Personally I wouldn't mind a Battlefront game set in the Sith Era (although a real KOTOR 3 would be preferred). Come on LucasArts, I have money here, just need a reason to spend it!

THEMAN294
THEMAN294

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facistinabag
facistinabag

I honestly thought this was going to be a real battlefront, turns out I was wrong. I'll just go play that battlefield mod, since lucasarts refuses to make a fun Star Wars action game.

shakensparco
shakensparco

"trooper cloned form a Jedi Master..." TYPO!!!!!! :P But I don't have faith in handheld shooters. I want one for my Xbox.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@Kelborn_Ordo No they don't know. Whenever a game developer/publisher makes games, they're never sure if it'll be complete, be postponed, canelled, etc. Look at how many times Nintendo postponed Zelda: Twilight Princess, all those postponages, and Twilight Princess flopped in the end (in my opinion about TP anyway). So there's more evidence on how no developer/publisher knows on a new game's future.

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

good stuff i wish battlefront 3 would be released though :(

jcasanova
jcasanova

I have not liked th past Battlefront games. You know what would be awesome? The Jedi Knight saga and Shadows of the Empire for portable consoles! Oh... and new Starfighter and Rogue Squadron games for bigger consoles.

OverlordEX
OverlordEX

HAHA!!!! Finally!! Battlefront DS!!! Hip-hip-HOORAY!!!!!!

Kelborn_Ordo
Kelborn_Ordo

They need to make battlefront 3 for 360 and ps3 sometime soon rather than later. As to most who are talking about it in this board? "even Nintendoboy16"... Nobody does know what will happen with the game. But lucasarts "does", they just arent saying a thing about it. So its either not in production whatsoever anymore with any developer? or they're trying to find one secretly now since the leaks came out. It very well will come out eventually i think. Just dont know if it'll be in 3 years, 5, or even 10! nobody truly knows.