So the trailer for the Star Wars: Battlefront DLC, The Battle of Jakku, dropped recently and gave us a sneaky look at what was to come. The short film was reminiscent of the first teaser trailer for the game we saw, showing the battlefield from a first person perspective as it rages.
If you haven't seen it yet then check it out below. Don't worry, we'll wait for you.
Pretty cool right?
The Battle of Jakku takes place just over one year after the Battle of Endor during Return of the Jedi. It has currently only been seen in the YA novel, Lost Stars, which showed it from the point of view of a rebel infantryman, Thane Kyrell, and the commander of the Inflictor Star Destroyer, Ciena Ree. The Inflictor is the Star Destroyer seen crashing to the ground in the trailer and can be assumed to be the one seen in the trailer for The Force Awakens.
When Battlefront hits, we'll have all the information we'll need to piece together what happened, but for those of you that can't wait, I've decided to note down everything important that happened, just for you. Aren't I nice?
1. It was a decisive victory for the New Republic.
While the Rebellion had already begun rebuilding the senate on the planet Chandrila, it wasn't until the aftermath of the Battle of Jakku that the galaxy began to recognize it as a power to be reckoned with. The rebel leader, Mon Mothma, was ushered in as Chancellor and the Republic began a hunt for the remaining Imperial leaders.
During the battle, the Empire lost at least two Star Destroyers, with the second, Inflictor, captained by Ciena Ree, being destroyed to prevent Republic engineers from salvaging it. Alongside those were several dozen TIE Fighters, AT-ATs and a few AT-STs.
2. It was the final battle between The Empire and The Rebellion.
The Battle of Jakku was described as one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the galaxy. While the Battle of Endor was considered the end of the Empire being a threat, it still existed long after the death of Palpatine.
Due to such a high casualty rate, the battle saw the end of the Galactic Civil War, with a peace treaty being signed by the leaders of each side. The New Republic, the successor to the Rebel Alliance, allowed the Empire to exist within strict boundaries to prevent an uprising and keep the peace.
However, there was no official surrender on the behalf of the Empire, and the new Chancellor, Mon Mothma, remained forever wary that another attack was imminent. After the Battle of Jakku, there are no sources that tell what happens until The Force Awakens, meaning currently, everything is up in the air.
3. None of the original heroes were at Jakku.
As far as we know, Han, Leia and Luke were nowhere to be seen during the battle. However, there were a few familiar faces taking part. General Rieekan, who was seen on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, was the leader of the New Republic forces throughout the attack. Corona Squadron, seen in Lost Stars, was also a key factor in the Imperial defeat.
The locations of the heroes during the battle remains largely unknown. It can be assumed that Leia had a hand in rebuilding the senate and would not have had much involvement with future conflict while Han and Chewie were seen breaking ranks in Star Wars: Aftermath. The only true mystery is Luke, whose whereabouts have only been briefly touched upon in Shattered Empire. Our guess is he's probably off honing his own skills or hunting lost Jedi in the hope of restarting the Order.
4. It was one hell of a fight.
It seems that both sides knew this was the last stand and so, The New Republic and The Empire really gave it all they had. The Republic hit hard with X-Wings, A-Wings, Blockade Runners and Star Cruisers while the Empire retaliated with a fleet of Star Destroyers, AT-ATs, AT-STs and various TIE Fighter classes.
From the trailer, the battle looks like utter carnage. While Hoth was predominantly trench warfare and Endor relying heavily on stealth, Jakku looks set to be the first all out skirmish since The Clone Wars. The land seems rather flat which leaves nowhere to hide and, shown by the half buried Stormtrooper helmet, the sand takes no prisoners. On a world like Jakku, it seems the opposition isn't the only enemy.
5. And finally, Boba Fett is totally alive.
At first glance, this shot from the first proper trailer shows Boba Fett making a scene on Tatooine. I mean, it's a desert, there's a sandcrawler and it's where he met his end.
However, if you look off into the distance, you can see Ciena Ree's Inflictor Star Destroyer crashing to the ground and evidence of a battle that has never been seen on Tatooine. Battlefront has prided itself on the fact that it is 100% canon, meaning that this is most certainly the Battle of Jakku and Boba Fett is still very much alive one year on from Return of the Jedi.
Why Fett's canon presence after Jedi has been hinted at in Aftermath, this is the first piece of evidence we've actually seen that tells us he's alive. While it may have just been to show off the character in game, I'm willing to bet there's a hidden meaning behind it.
Star Wars: Battlefront hits shelves November 20.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theatres December 18.