In terms of playing games of generations past, Microsoft and Xbox are clearly beating the competition. One of the most heralded features of the new Xbox Series X and S has been the ease with which gamers can take on the backlog or revisit classics from long-dead Xbox consoles.
Microsoft has made backward compatibility a pillar of its gaming business and is reaping the benefits from it. The tech giant has been consistently releasing enhancements for games from the original Xbox, the 360, and the Xbox One to great avail. These next-gen perks include slightly upscale resolutions for some titles and even a boosting of frame rate for others.
Games such as Fallout 4, Skyrim, and Battlefield V have already seen the next-gen frame rate bump, but there seems to be more joining the long list of enhanced past-gen titles.
BATTLEFRONT 2 GETS EVEN BETTER
As revealed by Microsoft's Major Nelson, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is the latest Xbox One title to receive a backward compatibility enhancement for the Xbox Series X/S. The Star Wars shooter will boast frame rates of 120FPS on the Series X while remaining at 60FPS on Series S.
The announcement came as part of a larger release of EA Play titles receiving the same next-gen upgrade.
Battlefront 2, along with other EA Play games, can be found digitally on Xbox as a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Disney was rumored to be developing more animated “films” within the Star Wars universe.
Matt Lanter confirmed that fans will get to see the animated version of Anakin Skywalker in a future project that he "can't talk about yet."
Darth Revan was rumored to return in a future Star Wars project on Disney+.
WHAT DOES IT ALL M-EA-N?
While Microsoft continues to boast these next-gen enhancements, news such as this could mean something a bit deeper. As of late, the Big M and EA have been awfully friendly for two multinational titans of the industry.
First, it was the announcement of EA Play getting tied into the Netflix-like subscription service Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now this! What's next?
No, Xbox is not buttering up Electronic Arts to eventually acquire them for some colossal sum, but the same could have been said about Bethesda last fall before they were bought by the console maker.
As for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 specifically, not much can be gleaned from this news. If it were just Battlefront that was getting the new coat of paint, then perhaps it could hint at a potential Battlefront 3. However, as it was part of a larger release, this is not a sure-fire indication of a third title in DICE's Star Wars first-person shooter series.
For now, fans of the galaxy far, far away will have to wait for more news of gaming experiences within the universe and play the new buttery smooth version of Battlefront 2.