Is Star Wars Battlefront about to unleash the Rapture? That's the idea on display in a new live-action trailer for this highly anticipated video game. All across the world, people are disappearing, with their clothes dropping to the ground just as Obi-Wan's did when Darth Vader struck him down in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. But even though the original Star Wars theme soars on in the background, the opening of this latest sneak peek at game play is reminiscent of Rapture scenes from both the hit HBO series The Leftovers and the Nicolas Cage biblical thriller Left Behind. Luckily, there is a big star at the center of this latest Star Wars game trailer to explain it all.
Yes, Pitch Perfect's own Anna Kendrick is on hand to witness the disappearance of millions of Americans as they teleport into the Star Wars universe via the role playing video game Star Wars Battlefront. We meet up with the young actress in her kitchen, where she is making a sandwich. She uses her butter knife as a lightsaber as she recites Obi-Wan's classic line, 'If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful that you can possibly image.'
Anna Kendrick then disappears as her clothes fall to a heap on the kitchen floor. But then, as though she were trapped in Tron, she reappears on Sullust to face-off against At-At Walkers along with the other rebel troops sucked into the game. She charges head first at TIE-Fighters and Snow Troopers as the action quickly moves to Hoth. We're then thrust onto the Moon planet of Endor, and eventually find ourselves on Tatooine. Coming along for the ride are Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
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 shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Battlefront will allow fans to live out a wide range of heroic moments and intense battle fantasies of their own - firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. These battles will take place on some of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust.
Gamers will be able to play as some of the most memorable characters in the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Combining an unprecedented collaboration with Lucasfilm and the award-winning Frostbite game engine, Star Wars Battlefront will deliver an incredibly authentic and immersive interactive entertainment experience featuring photorealistic visuals and epic action in iconic Star Wars locations. Star Wars Battlefront will feature a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen offline or co-operatively online.
Star Wars Battlefront will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC formats starting November 17, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. Just one month later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters nationwide, which is expected to break box office records in just a few short months. Given the massive fan base for Star Wars, it's possible that Star Wars Battlefront could set some video game sales records of its own, but we'll have to wait and see. Take a look at the latest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, and visit StarWars.EA.com/StarWars/Battlefront/Planets to learn more about the planets featured in the game.