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Star Wars Battlefront II is free on the Epic Games Store

Each week, the Epic Games Store offers a free game or two to those with an Epic account. This week, the storefront is offering a major AAA title in the form of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition. The game is currently available for free until the 21st of January.

Though it needs little introduction, Star Wars Battlefront II is a first/third person shooter which lets you “Put your mastery of the blaster, lightsaber, and the Force to the test online and offline” across many of Star Wars’ most iconic locations.

Upon its initial release, Battlefront II suffered from a major controversy and backlash due to the way in which its microtransactions and loot boxes were handled. The backlash was so strong as to spread discourse far beyond the video games industry – and in many ways killed the concept of lootboxes in all but a few remaining games.

Despite all this, Battlefront II is currently in a much greater state, due to these problematic monetisation methods being either tweaked or removed completely. With Ubisoft recently announcing that it is developing its own Star Wars title, the timing couldn’t be better for fans to re-engage in the Star Wars universe. Even if you are not a fan of Star Wars however, the game offers plenty of fun on a purely gameplay basis, thanks to the talents of developers DICE.

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II is currently free to purchase and download, and will remain so until the 21st of January at 4pm, at which point it will be replaced by Galactic Civilizations III.

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