Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron announced for fall

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, but not so long ago as to be considered Knights of the Old Republic and not so far away that we won’t see it till 2010, the battle between the Empire and Rebellion waged on multiple battlefronts. LucasArts invites us back for more Star Wars Battlefront with Elite Squadron on the PSP and DS this Fall.

This game already has a few things going for it. The first is obvious: its a Star Wars Battlefront game, which have been consistently awesome so far. Second is the new single-player campaign storyline. Players take on the role of X2, a clone trooper that was created with the DNA of a Jedi Master and tasked with hunting them in the early days of the Empire. Now though, X2 fights for the Rebellion. Throw an evil or shall we say “evil” by another name–Sith, clone in X1 and we have a winning storyline that can tip the scales either way because of these clones.

The battles in Elite Squadron promise to be bigger than ever and, for a series first, players will fight multi-level battlefronts. For example, a player can start out on foot, commandeer a ship and take the fight to the skies or space overhead. If that wasn’t enough, try landing on a capital ship and take the battle inside. Each decision made by the player will directly affect the overall outcome of the battle.

The PSP version will feature 16-player multiplayer battles and offer the deepest level of customization yet. Choose weapons, armor, species, gender, appearance and physical strengths. The DS will offer up 4-player modes and has a unique class-based gameplay where players select characters with pre-determined armaments including heavy weapons, blasters and lightsabers.

Being a Star Wars Battlefront game means plenty of fan characters. Now, on top of Luke, Vader and other classics we’ll also be joined by characters from Renegade Squadron and even The Force Unleashed, but who all makes the cut hasn’t been released. LucasArts has let out that we can expect battles in familiar locations such as Hoth, Endor and Yavin 4 and spanning the entire Star Wars Saga–“and beyond.”

Check out the first screens from both versions below.