Welcome back to my series “Battlefront II Revisited”. When Star Wars Battlefront II was released in November 2017, a large part of my excitement was directed towards the inclusion of a single player story mode, which would be telling a new story in the canon and following a new set of characters: Inferno Squad. Having completed the story mode rather quickly, I have only really played the game in patches since as online multiplayer shooters are not really my thing, but all the recent improvements and new content have had me playing a bit more recently and I decided it would be fun to return to the story mode and give my thoughts on each level. Today looks at the epilogue to the initial story: Discoveries
Please be aware there will be spoilers for the story
- The Cleaner
- The Battle of Endor
- The Dauntless
- The Observatory
- The Storm
- General Distress
- Under Covered Skies
- Cache Grab
- The Battle of Jakku
- Until Ashes
So straight away we come to my first issue with this part of the story. We were told that we were getting the story of how the Empire became the First Order, yet we are now undergoing a massive time jump from about a year after the end of the Original Trilogy to just a couple of months (at most) before the Prequel Trilogy. So all we’ve really seen is the fall of the Empire and *POOF* the First Order is here! But enough of that…
An Upsilon-class command shuttle lands on Pillio next to the Corvus and Kylo Ren emerges with a squad of stormtroopers to meet Protectorate Gleb, who has captured a prisoner. Kylo makes his way to the bridge of the Corvus where Del is being held. Kylo demands to know Luke Skywalker’s location and when Del refuses to give any information, he uses the dark side to rip the information from his mind.
“Get out of my head!”
And this is where we come in, effectively playing as Kylo in a visual representation of what is going on in Del’s mind as he tries to resist Kylo. We as Kylo must chase down Del as he tries to escape through his memories, while stormtroopers act as defences in Del’s mind that we must take out. Between Kylo’s lightsaber and abilities, there’s no real challenge here.
As we go on, we see hints of Del’s past before Inferno Squad as a shoretrooper on Scarif, while we also hear some lines of dialogue from the squad’s formation and early missions, as seen in the novel Battlefront II: Inferno Squad. As we move through Del’s memories, the visuals and Kylo’s taunts reveal some new information to us. We find out that Del has a daughter and that meeting Luke Skywalker had helped Del find faith in the Force, which led him to meet Lor San Tekka. Kyo realises that it is the old man who has the map t Luke Skywalker.
After going through Scarif, Endor, Vardos and Pillio, we find ourselves back in the Observatory, where we see Del being arrested, and finally back to the bridge of the Corvus, where Kylo eventually breaks Del and gets the location of Lor San Tekka.
Kylo leaves and Del is left with a First Order officer: Gideon Hask, who is revealed to have survived the Battle of Jakku but suffered some bad scarring to his face. Hask taunts Del, still furious all these years later that Del betrayed Hask by defecting with Iden. Realising that his time is up, Del begs Hask not to go after Iden as it will end badly for him. Hask shoots Del dead.
“Hask. Gideon! Don’t go after her. It won’t end well for you. Please.”
Hask leaves the Corvus to speak with Gleb, who wants to continue Operation: Resurrection as planned. Hask says that the operation has been compromised, despite the efforts of Gleb’s Jinata Security, Gleb let the project fall behind schedule and allowed an outsider to learn of the plans. He agrees to let Gleb continue the project and relocate it to Athulla, leaving a few of his men behind with her. He orders her to have Del and his crew buried but the Corvus left alone, as he intends to use it to ensnare Iden.
Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you…