Players Slam Classic Star Wars: Battlefront 2 PC's Servers After Online Multiplayer Returns

Do you have fond memories of playing the 2005 version of Star Wars: Battlefront 2? Do you wish with every fibre of your being that it had official online servers again? Well then, good news: your wish just came true, somehow.

On both Steam and GOG, the PC version of the original Battlefront 2 has been updated with 64-player online multiplayer support and crossplay, so that you can battle or just front (if you're not good at battling but want people to believe you are) with friends on either platform.

While Disney, the game's current publisher, didn't say precisely why it decided to do this, odds are good that it's a promotional thing for Star Wars: Battlefront II, EA's new-gen Battlefront game that's coming out next month and having a beta this week.

It's a pretty neat promotional thing, though, given how much people adore the first Battlefront 2, which is regarded by some as the best multiplayer Star Wars ever.

Battlefront 2's return, however, has so far been less a Return of the Jedi triumph and more an Empire Strikes Back series of unfortunate events.

As of now, most players are complaining that they can't actually connect to the new multiplayer servers, likely because they're swamped. This makes sense given that, in the past 24 hours, the game has jumped from having a few hundred concurrent players to thousands.

It's also a bit darkly humorous that Disney decided to resurrect this game ahead of EA's Battlefront II, seeing as it's given rise to a renewed chorus of chants about how much more people liked the first two Battlefront games than EA and DICE's reboot.

Here, for instance, is the current top review on the Steam version of Battlefront 2:

Savage. I thought EA's first Battlefront was fine, but I'd be hard-pressed to tell you a single memorable moment from my time with it.

Also, it got old fast. Hopefully the new one is better! In the meantime, we've got the old old one. If it starts working.


Comments

    Should I feel bad for secretly wishing that Battlefront 2 becomes more popular than Battlefront 2?

    Im still playing Battlefront 2015 amd it's good fun.

    Found the old one a bit janky but hey bonus that the MP works again might give it a whirl

    Somewhere in the corporate office an executive manager was told the multiplayer for 'Battlefront 2' was no longer working.
    They demanded it be fixed, and would take no excuses about how it's actually not the one coming out next month.

    The best part about the old battlefront was it was a massive battle happening in 4 different areas.
    Ground, air, space and starship.

    And then you could capture ground or starship points to shoot a canon and influence the battle taking place in the opposite battlefield.

      IIRC though, space battles involved space/starship and land battles were ground/air. Not saying it was any less enjoyable, just the way your comment is worded might give people the impression that the 'classic' battlefront 2 featured a battle happening in all four areas at the same time.

      Anyway, it's a little bit of a shame that you can't board enemy ships as in the original, and have some mad hallway battles / destroy equipment from within.

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