Despite the intense controversy around Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s multiplayer system, EA is going full-steam ahead with the marketing for the game. This recent trailer is to be aired on TV to promote the game’s launch on Friday, November 17.
The trailer is entirely live action with not even a millisecond of gameplay at the very end. However, it does set up a cute narrative. It begins with a boy, around 10 years old, playing with figurines of a Jedi and a Stormtrooper. A figure of R2-D2 watches in the background, along with his best robot friend, C-3PO.
A moving truck rolls up across the street from the boy’s home and through the window we can read the mover’s logo: Imperial Moving Storage. Even villains need a little help moving to a new neighborhood. From the truck we see a girl around the same age as the boy step out, dressed completely in black and carrying a figure of Darth Vader. They catch each other’s gaze, of course, and it isn’t friendly. It’s clear they’re going to be rivals from the start.
At night, they show their alliance with some of the best lightsaber toys I’ve ever seen. The boy’s is blue, the girl’s is red, and both lightsabers manage to light their rooms, clear enough to be seen from the street.
In the next scene, we see the boy is celebrating his birthday in true Star Wars theme. All of his friends are dressed as rebels, the boy as a Jedi. He is hitting a TIE fighter piñata with his lightsaber. Something I wouldn’t recommend unless your lightsaber was sturdy enough to take it.
As the boy destroys the piñata, the girl watches in her stormtrooper costume. She appears to be quite devastated by this destruction of the Imperial’s fighter and ends up breaking her fork. After a few more scenes of rivalry between the two, we see them enter Battlefront II proper, on opposite sides of the war. They battle out there as adults with no victor in sight.