Yesterday, during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens live panel, director J.J. Abrams revealed that the desert planet we see in the new and original teaser trailer is not Tatooine. It is, in fact, a completely different desert planet named Jakku. And we'll get to learn more about this planet, and one epic, defining battle that happened there, with the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront video game, which will hit stores in time for Christmas to coincide with the release of the new franchise sequel.

Yesterday's Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer opened with an awe-inspiring tracking shot across Jakku, which showcased a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer. How did this happen? DICE and Lucasfilm plan to take players into the 'Battle of Jakku' firsthand with a special addition to Star Wars: Battlefront. It will serve as a direct prequel to Star Wars 7, and offers backstory on some of the things we'll see in the movie, expanding this universe even further. To experience the 'Battle of Jakku' first, you will need to pre-order the game. The official description reveals:

The Battle of Jakku is the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronts key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku.

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The 'Battle of Jakku' won't be the only extended universe storyline which features events that took place between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will also be a trilogy of novels kicking off in September with Chuck Wendig's Star Wars Aftermath, which begins just after the destruction of the second Death Star. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront before its November 17 release date will be able fight the 'Battle of Jakku' one week early starting on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free content on December 8, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens later that month, debuting on the big screen December 18.

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