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Next week, Battlefront II releases its second season in honor of the captain of the Millennium Falcon, rebel hero, and famed smuggler, with Star Wars Battlefront II: The Han Solo Season. If you come with us, you’re in this life for good. Starting May 16, new content in Battlefront II pays homage to the original trilogy, with additions from Solo: A Star Wars Story planned for June.

Classic Han means a return to Jabba’s Palace, with a map of the gangster’s Tatooine hangout, and other content pulled straight from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Available in Blast, Hero Showdown, or Heroes vs. Villains, players can navigate Jabba’s abode and try to talk their way out of a tight spot — or risk becoming a part of the scenery encased in carbonite.

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Since its release late last year, Star Wars Battlefront II has definitely had its ups and downs, development-wise.

After getting off to a particularly rocky start involving mixed critical reviews and a fan backlash over in-game purchases and microtransactions, it’s finally starting to feel like Battlefront II is hitting its stride—not just in terms of a new take on a video game heroine in the Star Wars galaxy, but in the fun add-ons the team at EA has offered players over the last few months.

First, there was the addition of new maps, like Chewie’s home planet of Kashyyyk, or Crait from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or the version of Cloud City we all know and love from Empire Strikes Back. Now there’s Ewok Hunt, which just might be the horror/survival game mode we never knew we needed to see in Star Wars.

When we were kids watching Return of the Jedi for the first time, those small, furry Ewoks might have seemed cute and safe. Revisiting the same film as an adult, however, clues you into some particularly macabre details—like that shot at the end of the movie, when an Ewok is using a set of trooper helmets to perform a drum solo. It begs a disturbing question: what did they do with the heads?

Well, Battlefront II’s Ewok Hunt mode satisfies our morbid curiosity by fully leaning into the truth of what these sentient, fuzzy creatures really are: murderbears. And these tiny killers are hungry for stormtrooper blood.

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A single beam of light breaks through the bleak Endor darkness. Your pulse quickens, your breathing heavy inside your stormtrooper helmet, as you race through the forest, dodging underbrush and the debris of downed ships and transport vehicles. Your only mission: Survive the night until help can arrive.

But there, shrouded in the eerie night, is a squat creature with glistening eyes wielding a spear. And he’s not alone.

This is Ewok Hunt, the new mode for Star Wars Battlefront II. Debuting last week, Ewok Hunt drops players onto the forest moon shortly after the Battle of Endor to fight it out as either a furry Ewok or an armored Imperial. Recently, spoke with Battlefront II assistant producer Michael Dailey to get survival tips for those loyal to the Ewok cause. Today, he defects to the Empire to help you succeed in fighting off the native threats and making it to the rescue shuttle.

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Battlefront 2 Night On Endor Update


Star Wars Battlefront II’s latest update, Night on Endor, has gone live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and with it so has a new microtransaction system for cosmetic items. The update also brings a new limited-time mode to the game, and since it’s Endor, you could have guessed that the Ewoks are involved.

The new mode, called Ewok Hunt, involves a battle on Endor between the Ewoks and Stormtroopers. You choose which side you’d like to play; the Ewoks ambush the invading Stormtroopers and the Stormtroppers must hold off the horde until an extraction team arrives to help with their escape. Every defeated Stormtrooper spawns another Ewok over the battle, but of course Ewok players will have to deal with the Empire’s superior weapons.

Along with Ewok Hunt, Night on Endor brings Crystals back into the game. Crystals are in-game currency bought with real-world money and they can be used to purchase Appearances, like Endor Leia and Endor Han. These are cosmetic only and can be used to personalize units. You can also use in-game Credits to buy Appearances and personalize characters in the same way. There are also Trooper Appearances available; here is a full list of all the new Appearances for characters in this update:

Wounded Chewbacca, with arm patch
Scarred Kylo Ren, patch over scar
Administrator Lando, Bespin
Commander Iden, no helmet
Hooded Yoda, pulled up hood
Endor Leia
Endor Han
Ahch-To Rey

The return of real-money microtransactions is a big deal in Star Wars Battlefront II, after developers pulled them from the game entirely following a big backlash over how they influenced gameplay progression. Now, EA’s chief design director says the company has learned its lesson and won’t repeat the same errors again.

DICE Is Unlocking Every Hero And Ship In ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 2’


EA and DICE continue to overhaul the progression system in Star Wars: Battlefront II. The developers just announced yet another huge change to the game’s progression system.

In the latest patch, all Heroes will be unlocked for all players from the get-go. You’ll no longer have to grind to play Luke Skywalker or Yoda. These classic Star Wars characters will be available to everyone.

DICE has also unlocked all Hero Ships, and made a variety of other changes (which you can read about here) that make progression better, if not perfect, than it was before.

EA has been under fire from the gaming community ever since the publisher included pay-to-win loot crates in the game that included powerful Star Cards giving paying customers an advantage over players who owned the base game but didn’t want to spend money on micro-transactions. Even after removing these micro-transactions the game has been plagued by a terrible progression system that was built around MTX.

With these changes, Star Wars: Battlefront II continues its laborious slog toward becoming a game actually worth paying money for.

Meanwhile, DICE is unlocking all Star Cards at their Epic tier in Arcade mode. According to the developer, this will let players test out various combinations to see what they like best and what works best in various situations. This is reminiscent of how all weapons, attachments and so forth are unlocked in Call of Duty’s offline multiplayer.

Finally, a new location is coming to the game. Bespin returns from the previous Battlefront title and is available in “Blast, Heroes vs. Villains, Arcade, and for a limited time as Jetpack Cargo” modes according to the developer.

All of these are positive, welcome changes. The fact that future DLC will also be free and that paid loot crates won’t be returning (instead players will be able to purchase cosmetics with in-game or real currency) makes this a much more appealing game than ever before. That you can also buy it at a steeply discounted price these days doesn’t hurt. EA really screwed the pooch on this one, but they’re obviously trying to do right by gamers now and, if nothing else, that’s refreshing to see.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Update


Star Wars: Battlefront II was heavily criticised for the way it allowed players to pay real money to get loot boxes that could contain items that actually affected gameplay. Some cried out that this represented a pay-to-win situation. It was a lot of bad press for EA. In response to this, EA removed microtransactions from the game completely just before its public launch, with the developer saying it needed more time to adjust them before bringing them back. Today, EA confirmed that microtransactions are coming back in April, though this time around you will only be able to purchase cosmetic items–that is, those that do not affect gameplay. Previously, EA let you pay for an opportunity to get items that gave you a theoretical advantage such as improved grenades or shields.

Before microtransactions return, however, EA is launching an update on March 21 that significantly changes how progression works. Presently, Star Cards and other items that impact gameplay, can be acquired in loot boxes–called Crates in Battlefront II–that you can unlock through normal gameplay progression. But with the new update, the only way to get Star Cards is through standard progression. “If you earn enough experience points to gain a level for that unit, you’ll receive one Skill Point that can be used to unlock or upgrade the eligible Star Card you’d like to equip,” EA said.

If you already acquired Star Cards, the good news is that you won’t lose these when the update comes out. Additionally, all of the extra heroes and weapons you already unlocked will stay with you when the patch arrives.

Regarding Crates specifically, you’ll get these in a number of ways, including logging in every day and completing the game’s various timed challenges. Crates will only include cosmetic items–such as emotes or poses–as well as Credits.

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Prepare for “All Out War” in Star Wars: Force Arena


Luke Skywalker Returns From Ahch-To With Three New Characters and New Arcade Mode

SEOUL, Korea – March 16, 2018 – Today, Netmarble Games Corp., the fastest-growing mobile game company worldwide, and Lucasfilm announce the release of a new update to Star Wars™: Force Arena featuring characters and content from the Last Jedi. Returning from his self-isolation on Ahch-To, Luke Skywalker is joining the Star Wars™: Force Arena character roster along with the revived R2-D2, Supreme Leader Snoke, and the Elite Praetorian Guards.

“We’re happy to welcome the wise Luke Skywalker to Star Wars: Force Arena with this new update,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of Netmarble Games. “Alongside his trusty companion R2-D2, Luke can now join the battle and offer his invaluable assistance in helping players defeat the First Order!”

The new update will also add the new “All Out War” arcade mode where players can face off against each other using 18 cards each. Players can experience the desolate, rust-colored planet, Crait, as depicted in the Star Wars™: The Last Jedi™, in “All Out War” as a new arcade mode map

Along with the new characters and game mode, the latest game update will also introduce a new in-game event – “Assault on Starkiller Base”. Players who succeed in their attack on the base will receive special rewards based on how many times they cleared the mission.

Star Wars™: Force Arena boasts more than 80 playable in-game cards, including new faces from the recent movie release, Rogue One™: A Star Wars™ Story. Star Wars™: Force Arena is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. For more information on the game, visit the official website at

Celebrating Our 14 Year Anniversary! Prizes All Month Long!

For the past 14 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions.   We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you.  As our 14 year anniversary is upon us, we would like to thank both our staff and our readers.  To our staff, we are grateful for the commitment, drive, and energy that you to bring to Yodasnews. Without your tireless dedication, none of this would be possible.  To our readers, it is your dedication and loyalty that keeps alive this great franchise; it is a pleasure and an honor to share it with you.

During the month of February, we have amazing giveaways planned to thank you, our readers, for all your support over the last 14 years! 

Also, as with previous anniversaries, we are giving away prizes for both our casual readers and those who follow us on social media. Keep your eye out for special events to test your creativity, fun and competitive trivia nights, and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include Gift Cards to your favorite online stores, statues, mini busts, action figures,  and more! Over 125 prizes worth over $6,000! 

It all starts today, stay tuned for how to enter the first giveaway around 8pm EST today! If you don’t follow us on Social Media, now is the best time to do it as we will do random giveaways not posted here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Links at the top right of the website, and on this page!

Some of the items up for grabs include:

  • Five $40 Gift Certificates to BBTS
  • John Boyega Topps Star Wars Authentic Autograph 
  • Limited Edition Art Prints from Joe Corroney
  • Jawa Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
  • Han Solo in Carbonite Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
  • Yoda Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys via Sideshow Collectibles
  • Mandalorian Skull Mini Sculpture From Regal Robot
  • Kotobukiya  The Force Awakens – REY AND FINN ARTFX+
  • Kotobukiya  POE DAMERON & BB‐8 TWO PACK ARTFX+
  • 2017 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt
  • Gentle Giant Jyn Erso (Seal Commander) Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant IG-88 Collector’s Gallery Statue
  • Gentle Giant Bib Fortuna Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant Luke X-Wing Pilot 40th Anniversary Classic Mini Bust (SDCC 2017 Exclusive)
  • Gentle Giant Darth Vader 40th Anniversary Classic Mini Bust (SDCC 2017 Exclusive)
  • Over 50 3 3/4 Action Figures From various lines (The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens, Black Series, Clone Wars, etc.)
  • Top Trumps Card Games
  • Topps Galactic Connexions HallMark Exclusive Trading Discs
  • Acme Archives Star Wars Clone Wars Asajj Ventress Character Keys (Razor’s Edge Exclusive)
  • Disney Store Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Statue
  • Funko Star Wars Boba Fett Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure
  • Gentle Giant Star Wars Biker Scout 12 Inch Jumbo Figure
  • Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Luke Skywalker Centerpiece Statue
  • Iron Studios Star Wars Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise Statue
  • Marvel 2015 Star Wars #1 Hasbro Toyfair Previews Exclusive Cover
  • Episode 1 Darth Maul Die Cast Watches (x2)
  • Kenner 1997 Cloud Car with Pilot
  • Kenner 1996 (POTF) Luke’s T-16 Skyhopper
  • Kenner 1997 Action Collection Jawa
  • Kenner 1998 Action Collection Wicket The Ewok
  • Kenner 1998 Cantina Aliens (x3)
  • Hasbro 2007 30th Anniversary Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter Transformer
  • Hasbro 2002 Darth Maul Unleashed Figure w/ Stand
  • Hasbro 2002 12″ Gamorrean Guard
  • Hasbro 2003 ANH Imperial Dogfight Tie Fighter with Pilot
  • Star Wars The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive (x2)
  • Funko Pops
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You can see these, as well as, other prizes right here. Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity and support of our Anniversary Sponsors, so be sure to check them out on our prize page and support them.


Star Wars Battlefront II Team Wants To Make More Arcade Content


Star Wars: Battlefront II has been getting a decent amount of content since its launch last November, including new story DLC, amongst other things that tied in with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But that isn’t stopping the team from dreaming of even more stuff down the line.

The game’s design director, Dennis Brannvall, recently took to Twitter to discuss potential new additions to the game’s Arcade Mode, which challenges players across a number of scenarios based around the characters of the series.

When a fan asked Brannvall on Twitter, “Just a question. While the online, community is enjoying the Jetpack event, what can the offline players expect to happen before the next season? As someone who can’t afford Playstation Plus, I just wanted a little clue, please,” the design director responded, “We’re not ignoring our PvE audience! Arcade is doing really well, so of course we’re eager to make more content for it”. He didn’t give a time frame as to when players can expect this content, but at least it’s coming.

And it appears that Brannvall didn’t forget about fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars either. Another fan asked, “please tell me there will soon be a clone wars only playlist. I rarely ever get the clone wars maps and when I do, I’m the clankers. I have to play as my clone brothers too!”

Brannvall confirmed as such, simply noting, “Yes, coming,” but stopping just short of confirming a release date for it.

Chances are we’ll see more announcements for Battlefront II in the months ahead, and perhaps even during EA’s Play event, which is likely to be held around the same time as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (well, a few days before, anyway). That’s not a confirmation, but considering that the game’s sales are picking up a bit, expect something to come down the line, sooner rather than later.

For now, there’s a lot of good content to enjoy, both in single player and online multiplayer. So if you’re picking up Battlefront II, you’ll be quite busy.

BATTLEFRONT II – New Updates Are On The Way


It’s been an eventful few months for Star Wars™ fans, hasn’t it? Star Wars™ : The Last Jedi ™ swept into theaters, and millions of players lived out their Star Wars fantasies in Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II. With the release of The Last Jedi Season, the Resistance’s brave freedom fighters and the First Order’s imposing stormtroopers engaged in desperate showdowns on Crait over 156 million times, while X-wings and TIE fighters chased each other through the skies above D’Qar.

Together, you completed over 10 million quests for your factions. 58% of you chose to join Captain Phasma and the First Order, while 42% fought alongside Finn and the Resistance.

And to quote Luke Skywalker on the salt-covered plains of Crait, “the war is just beginning.” The most recent update added Iden’s TIE/LN fighter as a hero starfighter and incorporated the Crait map into Blast Mode. The next few months are packed with massive additions to Star Wars Battlefront II.

We’re working on a revamped progression system. Your feedback has been essential here, and we are preparing significant changes to progression that will address many of the things we’ve seen players asking for. We’ll be sharing more details about these changes in March.

A game mode called Jetpack Cargo is coming in February. Two teams of eight players equipped with jet packs compete in Jetpack Cargo, a frantic, fast-paced way to play. This mode will only be available for a limited time, so don’t miss it.

A new Season is coming soon. We’ve learned a lot from the first season of content for Star Wars Battlefront II, and we’re integrating those insights into our plans moving forward. We know you’re waiting for details on what’s coming in the next season, and we’ll have more to tell you soon.

Our goal has always been to create the best possible experience taking into account the feedback of our fans to continue to evolve and grow Star Wars Battlefront II.

On behalf of everyone on the Star Wars Battlefront II team, may the Force™ be with you, and we will see you on the battlefront!

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