Sony has released a new video for Star Wars Battlefront II, in which the game’s creators talk about how the story came together, and how it’ll provide new insight into the Star Wars universe.
Battlefront II will hit stores later this year, and once it does, players will take the perspective of an elite Imperial unit known as Inferno Squad. In the video, game director Mark Thompson says that Motive Studios wanted to tell a “soldier’s story,” from the perspective of the Empire.
The single-player takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi, and will run up to the new sequel trilogy that includes The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and players will follow Commander Iden Versio, one of the Empire’s true believers. The game’s creators wanted to get inside the heads of the Imperial soldiers, so it’s “not just a faceless stormtrooper who is part of a legion who all believe in the same thing,” and that “we take [players] to a place where they can understand Iden and why she makes the decisions that she does.”
That backstory isn’t limited to just the game, either: a novel, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, will explore the origins of the unit following the events of Rogue One.
Star Wars Battlefront II will hit stores on November 17th, 2017.