Team Deathmatch is a fairly standard type of mode in shooters these days, but seeing a Deathmatch mode in a Star Wars Battlefront sounds glorious on many levels. Fans who were hoping some type of Deathmatch mode would be in Star Wars Battlefront can rejoice as there will be one and it’s called Blast Mode.
As EA and DICE explained via Star Wars Battlefront’s blog, Blast Mode will pit Rebel forces against Imperial forces in a Deathmatch only Battlefront can deliver. Similar to other Deathmatch modes, the team that reaches 100 kills or is leading the other when the 10-minute time limit expires will win the round.
These battles are made up of 10 players per team, creating some dynamic, entertaining opportunities for competitive gameplay. “Immediate, addictive, and exciting until the very last kill; that is our ambition with Blast.” DICE said the actual levels within the mode will have “great variation,” though we’re not sure if that means destructibility.
Creating an authentic Star Wars experience has been a major concern for DICE and capturing the spirit of the game’s locations will be essential to achieving that. Star Wars Battlefront Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall talked about the locations players will be fighting on and the landscapes players will find.
“One battle you’ll be fighting within interior levels on Endor or Sullust. In the next battle, you might find yourselves among Tatooine’s dusty canyons, or inside the undeniably cool Ice Caves on Hoth. My favorite is the verticality of Tatooine, fighting by the Sandcrawler,” Brännvall said.
Blast Mode’s maps are said to not be as wide-open or massive as a map in say, Walker Assault. Close-quarters combat seems to be where Battlefront is going, and if you play a map on one mode and then a map on another, you’ll see differences in things like “lighting and time of day.”
Star Wars Battlefront is said to be having a very large presence at Gamescom 2015 next week, as EA believes it will be a crucial showing for the game. Star Wars Battlefront will launch on Nov. 17 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.