At some point, Star Wars Battlefront II had plans for DLC inspired by The Clone Wars, where Ahsoka Tano develops as a playable hero and Mustafar as a potential card. Battlefront 2‘s cut DLC would have featured Ahsoka and Asajj Ventress, two popular Clone War characters that have appeared in several Star wars comics, books and comics. Unfortunately, support for the game was dropped in April 2020, and no more content has been added since, leaving the entire game’s planned DLC on the rock floor.
Released in 2017, Star Wars Battlefront 2 had a rather tumultuous lifespan. Battlefront has its origins in the early 2000s, when two beloved contributions were developed by Pandemic Studios and published by LucasArts. The original Star wars: Battlefront II from 2005 was only followed by handheld and mobile titles until Electronic Arts and developer DICE revived the series with 2015’s Battlefront restart. Two years later, the sequel’s sequel launched a massive setback among fans, thanks in part to its progression system tied to loot boxes and microtransactions, which culminated in the second Battlefront received Reddit’s most downbeat post ever. The setback led the publisher to make the decision to renew the entire game’s progression system, which led to Battlefront 2 embarks on one of gaming’s best comebacks ever.
Post-launch updates brought more playable heroes, character skins, maps, and a range of gameplay revisions on a semi-frequent basis to Star Wars Battlefront 2. They often coincided with the release of the latest one Star wars blockbuster, and Battlefront 2 received content centered around The last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars story, and more. Between the latter and content inspired by the ninth Star wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, Battlefront 2 actually already had some additions from the series’ Clone Wars era, focusing on the big names from The attack of the clones and Sithens revenge – Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku and General Grievous. Characters that are unique to Clone War series (Ahsoka and Ventress), among other planned additions, would never become a reality and may even be victims of several studies working on Battlefield 2042, which is launched with a host of issues despite its approach to all hands on deck.
Battlefront 2’s Cut Clone Wars DLC – Ahsoka Tano And Asajj Ventress
Battlefront 2‘s playable iconic characters from the galaxy far, far away are referred to as heroes and villains depending on the faction to which they are attached. Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress were to be the next in line after the introduction of BB-8 and BB-9E, which joined Battlefront 2 in February 2020. Both Ahsoka and Ventress make their canonical debut in 2008 Clone War animated films, although the latter originally appeared in 2D Clone War miniseries from 2003, developed by Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky.
Ahsoka is the Padawan apprentice to Anakin Skywalker before falling to the dark side and taking on Darth Vader’s cloak. The Clone Wars series, strongly represented in Battlefront‘s successor, depicts the eponymous conflict between the clone armies of the Galactic Republic and the droid forces of the Separatist Alliance, of which Ahsoka plays a major role as Jedi commander of 501st, the clone legion at the heart of 2005 Battlefront 2 campaign. Ventress is something of a Sith film for Ahsoka, Count Dook’s apprentice and once trusted assassin. Ventress would face his death before the end of Clone Wars in a 2015 novel titled Star Wars: Dark Disciple, but Ahsoka remains part of the Disney era Star wars, with his own live-action show starring Rosario Dawson.
Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Cut Content – Mustafar
According to The Bespin Bulletin, a now-deleted Twitter thread from the game’s former creative director Dennis Brannvall claimed that a Mustafar card was on its way with Ahsoka as a hero and Ventress as one of Battlefront 2‘s villains. Mustafar is the setting for the climatic duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Sithens revenge. Anakin has already become Vader by this time, and is being sent by Palpatine to end the clone wars he played in one fell swoop by eliminating the separatist leaders on Mustafar. The duel ends with Obi-Wan separating Anakin’s three remaining organic limbs, leading to the iconic suit that Vader has worn throughout the original trilogy. The planet later became home to the fortress of Vader, as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Mustafar appeared in Battlefront series once before. In the original Battlefront 2 from 2005, players fought in a refinery similar to what has been seen in Sithens revenge. Though Episode III has its most famous appearance, several Clone War episodes take place on the lava planet, so that would have been an appropriate addition along with Ahsoka and Ventress. Especially with Hayden Christensen, who repeats his role as Vader in the upcoming Kenobi and Ahsoka shows, Mustafar’s prominent place in Star wars will likely continue. The new Battlefront games faithfully capture the mood of the series, and there is strong reason to believe that a Mustafar card would have been just as captivating visually.
Battlefront’s Cut content shows that it still had more to offer
Reference is also made to even more unconfirmed content of The Bespin Bulletin, which may have been on the horizon for Battlefront 2. Dataminere found indications that Padme Amidala – senator for Naboo, wife of Anakin and mother of Luke and Leia – was in the works as a playable hero, and rumors circulated about a Coruscant card being added to the game. The Jedi Temple on Coruscant was included in the original Battlefront 2‘s single player story, but this would have been Padme’s first appearance in the shooting series. Star wars is crammed with more characters and locations that could have continued the game’s run of free DLC updates.
That Ahsoka became a playable character could have paved the way for future updates inspired by the new live-action Disney + shows, the most notable of which is The Mandalorian. Your Djarin, also known as Mando, could have filled the hole in Jango-Fett size in 2017’s Battlefront 2, and Bo-Katan Kryze could have played a similar role as a non-Force using Hero. IG-88 could have joined BB-8 and BB-9E as the game’s playable droids, and Moff Gideon could represent the crumbling empire of that era.
Battlefront 2 had a harsh launch, but slowly turned into a more than respectable one Star wars game. At this point, a third entry is the only way to regain some of this lost potential, but EA is wasting it Battlefront 3 opportunity by apparently moving on with another Battlefield fresh off the heels of 2042. It amplifies how bittersweet it is to see the content of the cut confirmed Star Wars: Battlefront II, especially since popular characters and places like Ahsoka, Ventress and Mustafar would have been great additions.
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Source: The Bespin Bulletin
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