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Original 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Online Multiplayer Is Active Again

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Original 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Online Multiplayer Is Active Again

In a surprising move - and just in time for Star Wars Day - the original Star Wars: Battlefront has had its multiplayer servers put back online on both Steam and GOG. If you never had the chance to play it back when it released in 2004, or if you did and are keen to jump back in, now is a great time to pick it up (thanks, Eurogamer).

Not to be confused with the more recent Star Wars Battlefront (2015), the 2004 title was developed by Pandemic Studios and published by LucasArts. It's also currently on sale on both Steam and GOG, and the multiplayer action is available on both platforms, along with crossplay between the two.

'Star Wars: Battlefront' (2004) / Credit: Pandemic Studios, LucasArts
'Star Wars: Battlefront' (2004) / Credit: Pandemic Studios, LucasArts

Star Wars: Battlefront originally launched in 2004 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, and is an "action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles". The multiplayer servers were finally taken offline in 2014 and the current Steam version (and, presumably, the GOG version too) didn't support multiplayer at all - at least not until this recent update, which allows up to 32 players per battle.

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If you haven't played Star Wars: Battlefront in a while - and let's face it, it is a 16-year-old game so we'll forgive you if you haven't - now would be a great time to jump back in. It boasts "Overwhelmingly Positive" reviews on Steam - and at under £5 on both platforms, it's definitely worth considering.

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And aside from multiplayer, Star Wars: Battlefront has a really solid single-player campaign, too. Here's the official description on Steam:

"Star Wars: Battlefront is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before. Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single-player modes.

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"Single-player modes include 'Instant Action', 'Galactic Conquest', and the story-based 'Historical Campaigns' mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic Star Wars battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game."

It's unclear how long the game will be on sale on GOG for, but if Steam is your platform of choice, you'll need to act before May 7th in order to receive the discounted price.

Featured Image Credit: Pandemic Studios / LucasArts

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