Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron First Look

We head to a galaxy far, far away for a first look at Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron.

It didn't quite live up to the console versions, but Star Wars: Battlefront II on the PSP was well received by the legions of Star Wars fans. In fact, it's one of the best-selling PSP titles of all time. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that the game is getting a sequel in the form of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. What is surprising, though, is that the game will be exclusive to Sony's handheld. We were able to see the game in action at Sony's recent Gamers' Day in San Diego.

The Renegade Squadron is a group of pilots assembled by Han Solo to help the Rebellion in their fight against the Empire. The game's story begins with the evacuation of Yavin in A New Hope and ends with the Battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi. Anyone who found previous game's single-player mode to be lacking will be pleased to know that the galactic conquest mode is back and has received a number of upgrades. The most notable change here is the improved controls, such as the ability to lock on to targets and use autopilot to quickly close the gap between you and your target. Also, the developer has heard your cries, and there are more things to shoot while in space, so you shouldn't ever find yourself flying around with nothing to do.

The first thing we were able to check out was the game's multiplayer, which will support up to eight players via ad hoc and 16 online. The team looked into the possibility of including voice chat but ultimately decided against it. There will be in the neighborhood of 20 maps to play on; some, like Korriban, Ord Mantell, and Boz Pity, will be new, while others will be improved versions of maps from the previous game. Many existing game modes such as conquest and capture the flag will return, but there will be new ones as well, such as hero capture the flag.

Renegade Squadron is placing a lot of emphasis on customization. Rather than only being able to choose from a handful of different characters with predetermined attributes, you're now given 100 credits to spend on creating your own unique character. You'll be able to choose species, head and body types, different weaponry, and even uniform colors. Your color scheme will even carry over to the ships you pilot, which means your dreams of piloting a pink TIE fighter are not far off. You'll also be able to spend your credits on different attributes so that your character can match your play style. If you want to be an agile character that captures points quickly, you can do so. Should you want to slug it out in combat, you can increase your health instead and use better weapons.

Hero characters are back, and now you'll be able to pilot Slave I, the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, and Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi starfighter. You'll also be able to land in hangars, do battle on foot, and even "borrow" enemy craft if you so desire. Speaking of on-foot action, the game's control scheme has been totally redone and appeared to be much more user-friendly. The camera didn't seem to have much trouble at all following the action and was able to quickly move from one target to the next. If you're one of the people that happened to like the previous game's control scheme--don't worry, you can still use it here.

Although it looked to be pretty far along into the development cycle, Renegade Squadron won't be hitting the PSP until this September. Until then, keep checking back for the latest information.

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Discussion

69 comments
itachi100
itachi100

gah, it shouldve been on the PC

kahoony
kahoony

i know that the other battlefront game on PSP was good, but it was exactly the same as the PS2 verson, but with worse graphics and more annoying controls. I sincerely hope that this upcoming one doesn't have as many flaws.

HVPinc
HVPinc

Does aiming still work the same? I don't see am aiming reticle.

Uber_Antwerp
Uber_Antwerp

I've always liked Battlefront, so I suppose I'll buy it. I wish the graphics looked a little better.

ajroxu
ajroxu

dude special edition star wars psp

yodadudehmm
yodadudehmm

The customization sounds good.. Though it would be better for PC.. But atleast here is a game that could be worth buying for the PSP.

seanog911
seanog911

hmm......... it sound's ok but i think i will try it on my friends psp first lol

lman013
lman013

ive already pre ordered it!!

Slayervorge3000
Slayervorge3000

Sweet! Sounds like another great Star Wars game that I need to play when it comes out.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

nice. I didn't get the other battlefront for the psp as I had it for the PS2 so I might get this. Hope a PS3 version of battlefront comes out.

morrow4
morrow4

i want ps3 version!!!!!!!!!

football_legend
football_legend

This will be really cool, even much better than previous title, solely because the game is made exclusive to PSP, so it is designed from the ground up for PSP. And also all the resources and time is dedicated to this version only.

IMBSquared
IMBSquared

Eh, why question it? The PSP needs a boost with some good titles. Besides, maybe they'll re-release it for other consoles later on. For now, I can't wait!

StarfoxmCloud
StarfoxmCloud

it seems an odd move to make it PSP only... if it were released on PC and PS3 they would make more money

guard12
guard12

I hope they don't screw up...

Tengent
Tengent

Sounds awesome. I'm actually one of the people that liked the old control scheme (I aimed with the analog though) and I'm glad that they are bringing it back. It's like making left handed stuff!

P-P-Pagey
P-P-Pagey

This sounds awsoem, im a huge fan of the previous ones!!!!! HUGE cnt wait! SLAVE 1!! Oh yes

Blue_GundamRX78
Blue_GundamRX78

While at Celebration IV I was able to play this game a bit and talk to one of the Developers while I played it. Really, it's quite a fun game and I enjoyed it, even if the game I played he claimed was "still in the earling coding stages". If that's the "early coding" stage than I imagine the finished product is going to be awsome. I didn't really get to look much at the character customization, mostly it was space combat (which is much better than the space combat in the Battlefront II PSP version); the graphics look a little better too. Space looks so much nicer as well... Asteroids, nebulas, gases, stars, planets, pretty much everything the space combat PSP version was missing. I can't wait for the game. It's going to rock. :) Maybe I'll finally be able to play a male Twi'lek in a Star Wars game other than SWG. :P

Spartan_Dude
Spartan_Dude

sargentmrman Dude wtf are you talking about??? Star Wars games has always been on PS1 and PS2, or is PS3 the only asian console? check your facts man.

Nemesis_x2
Nemesis_x2

I wish Sept.. was here already hahaha..:)

ascalon94
ascalon94

looks good definately going to buy

ascalon94
ascalon94

looks good definately going to buy

gamer_duck
gamer_duck

Looks good! Yet another game i need to buy! Having hardly any money sucks!

GreatTaco
GreatTaco

This look like a good sequel though i hope it come out for the PS2 so i can do split screen(even better if it come out for the xbox)

EmperorsFists
EmperorsFists

The graphics look better than the ones off the first one.

zameen
zameen

The game sounds great but it isn't comin on ps2 or x box if it does it will change the face of star wars' 3rd person shooter games

megagene
megagene

If this is good I'll be getting it for sure.

bew199
bew199

sweet costom ships and characters its like diablo but a F*** load better with guns, ships and i bet they kept the vehicles on land i want the harbor from the frist battlefront though that was so fun

commando611
commando611

Wheres battlefront 3? we dont want this. And its aways been the best with a xbox. (online play)

MayorJohnny
MayorJohnny

Heh, this game sounds AWESOME! If I get a PSP this summer, I'll probably buy this game!

n8berman
n8berman

Oh ****! A game that might actually get me to hunt down all the parts for my PSP and reassemble it!!! I got bored with the games and took it apart. God knows at this point I pretty much forgot I even own a PSP!

DarCowAlways
DarCowAlways

This looks like it will be great... the only complaint I have (other than there not being a PS2 version) is that you have a one-time credit spending thing. I think it would be GREAT if spending lots of time on the game and beating enemies should DEFINITELYearn you more credits, and make it possible to have an agile, high health, best weapon character.

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

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sargentmrman
sargentmrman

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sargentmrman
sargentmrman

DUDE WTF......... all this time battlefront and starwars games have benn on AMERICAN CONSOLES and now there going asian with force unleashed on the ps3 and now THIS DARN U LUCAS ARTS DAARN UUUU!!!!! :(

dey4gotaus
dey4gotaus

wow this game looks like a lot of fun! i really liked the battlefront game this one sounds awesome. but yea, voice chat IS a must i have no clue why they excluded it :( socom kicks but because of the voice chat...oh yea and it seams like the makers of this game kinda took some pointers form socom with like the credits and the customization

Fable_Hero_2007
Fable_Hero_2007

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aragon245
aragon245

Sweet, it sounds like Star Wars Battlefront 2.5.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Yes! Online! What where they thinking when they made the other Battlefront game on PSP and didn't put that in? The online is a great deal of the fun in these games.