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Star Wars Battlefront II To Receive Single-Player Arcade Mode In Update

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As part of Star Wars Battlefront II‘s ‘Han Solo’ update, developer DICE is including Starfighter Custom Arcade, a single-player arcade mode.

Publisher EA states that the mode will allow players to  “hone [their] skills in the cockpit with Starfighters from all eras, whether [they’re] aiming to turn Rebellion X-wings into stardust with [their] TIE/LN or hop into the Millennium Falcon to fly circles around enemy starfighters.”

A true single-player arcade experience was lacking in Battlefront II, so the update will hopefully go a long way towards improving the project’s longevity as a solo experience.

The update also provides other changes, with content and maps inspired from the original Star Wars trilogy. The first map the developer is releasing is the Jabba’s Palace map from the first rebooted Battlefront.  Another new game mode, entitled ‘Hero Showdown’, will be included, which is a round-based elimination mode involving two-on-two hero battles.

Some more appearances are also parcelled into the update, inspired by the opening act of Return of the Jedi. The update launches on May 16, with a second part to the Han Solo season coming in June.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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