Star Wars opens new PSP Battlefront

LucasArts enlists Rebellion's help in bringing sci-fi shooter exclusively to Sony's handheld.

After taking 2006 off, LucasArts' Star Wars: Battlefront series of shooters is returning in 2007, but only on the PlayStation Portable. The publisher today announced that it will release Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron exclusively for Sony's handheld this fall.

As the only new entry in the series this year, Renegade Squadron will introduce a new character-customization system. Instead of picking from a lineup of regimented character classes, players will be able to tailor their character's weapons, abilities, and equipment to their liking. Renegade Squadron will also be playable online in battles of up to 16 players, so players will be able to pit their customized characters against others' to see which combinations work best.

LucasArts is also adding a new story for the single-player campaign mode, with the Renegade Squadron of the title being a secret group of shady characters running missions for the Rebel Alliance under the command of Han Solo. Battles will take place in a number of settings that should be familiar to fans of the space opera, with mission objectives including sabotage, rescue, and retrieval.

Development on Renegade Squadron is being entrusted to Rebellion, the outfit behind the PSP games Gun Showdown and Miami Vice: The Game. Previous entries in the Battlefront series were developed by Pandemic Studios (Mercenaries, Destroy All Humans!).

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Discussion

122 comments
Skjoett
Skjoett

It came out on my birthday!

NukeU
NukeU

Finally a good game 4 the PSP!

bew199
bew199

yes i loved mercenaries and desroyall humans and i own all the battle front ANOTHER FOR MY COLLECTION

theKSMM
theKSMM

Sixteen player online battles on a handheld! Sweet!

Panzer88mm
Panzer88mm

Hopefully it will be better than the last battle front for PSP that one sucked. Still, I have high hopes this will be a good game. Cross your fingers!

bane1190
bane1190

i've played a couple shooters on PSP, and they've been disappointing. Still, Lethal Alliance wasn't that bad, I actually like it. I'll get this game, i think it looks good. I just need to buy a new analog stick, i've still got the one it came with... :' (

mamodoking
mamodoking

Sorry I'll pass this one up. FPS on handhelds not for me. If this one was coming to the consoles, I'd pick it up though.

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

I wish LucasArts would focus on The Force Unleashed then a dumb little PSP game. I don't want to have to wait 'til next Spring.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Correction - ewww 1 SLIDER analog stick fps game :(

lewser5
lewser5

I'm going to do a wait and see before I decide on buying this game. Since pandemic isn't doing it and i'm not a big fan of rebellion studios.

FoShizzle17
FoShizzle17

to the below poster- solution: move/strafe with face buttons, aim with analog. These controls work fine for me

GrimBee
GrimBee

ewww 1 analog stick fps game :(

mingfu
mingfu

I hate star wars games!

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

PSP haters will obviously "pass" - like we give a flying F. I'm looking forward to it. I liked the first one, hopefully this will be better with addition of infrastructure.

navysealsman1
navysealsman1

it sucks that Pandemic Studios isnt doing this. knowing that they're not i dont have high hopes for this one. i doubt they can pull off another great battlefront compared to the first, especially on the psp.

zev_1
zev_1

Pandemic Studios isn't invovlved??? Hmmm, I hope it is as good as the ones Pandemic Studios came up with. They did such a great job with the first ones! Let's hope and see.

wizardps2
wizardps2

Great!! PSP Rocks!!! PS3 Rules!!!

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

Finally developers are deciding to us the PSP infrastructure mode. It has been so hap-hazard (but it's such a great feature). Now let's hope it can hold up with 16 players.

lordreaven
lordreaven

WHAT! Pandemic isin't developing it. I've already lost hope for this game for that reason alone. But i will give them one chance to make this game right or they wil recieve hatemail for the rest of their life. They also better allow clans so my clan from Socom FTB 1 can also play there. GOW will never die ( my clan is called GODS OF WAR). Sorry for going off topic. I will go stand in the corner.

JMizzle
JMizzle

I really dnt care about this, they should hurry up and release a proper sequel to 2. BRING ON BATTLEFRONT 3!!!

eddy_jr
eddy_jr

Well, I hope it has mic support, cuz it would totally suck playin' online without voice...

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

I was really looking forward to playing the game on a current gen console. I always enjoyed the series on PS2, and would really get a kick out of it on the 360's abilities. Hopefully they will bring it back to home consoles soon. I hope that Pandemic Studios doesn't lose the chance to develop the game...they did such a good job, over all, with the previous ones.

gagan21
gagan21

finally psp owners are getting some good games :), i cant wait 4 this game :D

smith447
smith447

I was hoping they would continue with the Battlefront series. Too bad it's only psp. But oh well, hopefully it's good.

niceguy10
niceguy10

YESSSSSS I CAN'T WAIT. I play Star wars battle front two all the time (on the Xbox and the PSP) and so do alot of my friends I hope this one will be even better. Although that would be pretty hard.

kornopolis
kornopolis

I didnt like that last one they made for the PSP kinda sucked.

Razoroo
Razoroo

I want a Battlefront on 360 NOW!

JDUB_x
JDUB_x

I think LucasArts is missing out by only putting it out on PSP, But if it is as good as the first 2 I will be happy.

nevereathim
nevereathim

Great idea, but the developer doesn't really have a history of good games (on the PSP at least)

ZodXC
ZodXC

first god of war, now this. thats a big booya for psp owners

jag215
jag215

whoah! Did I just read a positive PSP story? I don't believe it, I just don't believe it. Finally a game that the PSP owners can use to tell those DS nutjobs, "suck my balls." The thought brings a tear to my eye. In other words... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

I love anything Star Wars. The Battlefront games were great. The RPG's for the xbox were awesome. Super Star Wars for the SNES was one my favorites tho. They should bring it to the Wii VC!

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

sounds like another great battlefront game in the making

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

this may be the best year for psp yet

B-bad
B-bad

online multi-player finally and a single player story with Han Solo as commander or the Renegade Squadron ....... yeah sign me up :D

prioritymail
prioritymail

I sure hope its better than the other psp battlefront. Then I will be psyched!

ElmorePOW
ElmorePOW

I've always loved Star Wars games, actually, you always forget that we are talking about license games here hahaha - their quality is suberp, has always been. Well, if you can forget couple games that was made for new trilogy.... grrr. Yeah, definitely worth a trip to a galaxy far far away with my PSP. And to those who says shooters never turn nice on PSP - go check MGS: PO and Socom, before you make comments like that.

Yagr_Zero
Yagr_Zero moderator moderator

Nice, the PSP seems to be picking up a nice lineup.

Pablo620
Pablo620

The PSP is picking up nicely

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

..........................lame......................... why would you do this? Analog nub......my thumb,,,....IT CRAMPS!!! I have a psp.......I keep it in a corner, neat.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Shooters usually don't turn up well on the PSP.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Uh... the team that brought you Gun and Miami Vice: The Game? Yeeaaah...it's going to be a stinker.

morrow4
morrow4

"can't wait for a new battlefront for the PS3... it's gonna be awesome if they incorporate some of the tech from the upcoming Star Wars: Force Unleashed" WORD

mitu123
mitu123

I don't understand why aren't they putting it on consoles, maybe they'll make a Battlefront 3 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Now I want a PSP, even though that system doesn't have a whole lot of good games. Note to self, I need a PS3 and a PSP before the year is over with because I have a Xbox 360, Wii and DS right now.