Lucasfilms and Motive revealed more details about the protagonist of Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Iden Versio. They released a short video documentary talking about the story they wanted to tell regarding the Empire, and how they wanted to focus on a loyal group of elite Imperial troopers.
In this case the story centers around Iden Versio, the leader of the Inferno Squad, the most elite group of soldiers under the Empire’s command.
According to the video below, Iden is an elite pilot and the daughter of an esteemed Imperial Admiral. She’s a complete loyalist and believes in the principles of the Empire. According to Lucasfilm’s creative executive, Steve Blank, they wanted a story about Imperial troopers who were portrayed as authentic to the Empire’s cause – troops who didn’t come across as brainwashed, or harboring resentment from conscription.
The story will span the likes of 30 years, following the Inferno Squad from their quest for revenge against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star all the way up to their role in the establishment of Kylo Ren’s formation of the First Order. The story will start with the Empire and eventually allow players to take on the hero roles of both Imperial icons and Rebel legends, such as Luke Skywalker.
Electronic Arts and DICE also revealed that Iden and the Inferno Squad will be on a mission of redemption after they’re betrayed by the Empire.
Motive is receiving some aid in developing the story of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from BioWare Montreal, the studio that was in charge of developing Mass Effect: Andromeda. BioWare Montreal was moved over to help Motive after the critical and commercial failure of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which resulted in the series being put on “hiatus” by Electronic Arts.
The story itself is being co-written by a former IGN reviewer, hardcore male feminist and Social Justice Warrior, Mitch Dyer. Dyer is receiving help with the story from Walt Williams, the same mind behind Spec-Ops: The Line.
There’s a lot of mixed feeling about the game. Some people worry that Disney’s new feminist-themed approach to Star Wars may end up finding its way into Star Wars: Battlefront 2.
Others have expressed concerns that following on the heels of how Rey was presented in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens that they’re hoping Iden isn’t a Mary Sue or little more than SJW propaganda.
Not everyone was riding the hate train, though. There were plenty of people ready to dive in and defend the decision by Motive and Lucasfilms to focus the campaign mode on Iden.
The interesting thing here is that a lot of people seem to have many of the same concerns that the story mode will be a third-wave feminist-oriented tale with a Mary Sue lead character. The forced issue from the media regarding “diversity” and “progressivism” in entertainment lately has exhausted a lot of people. In fact, across the web a lot of people have become fatigued on all the identity politics taking over the conversation, especially in AAA gaming.
Sadly, it looks like even when not focusing on feminist talking points in the videos or trailers, gamers are still picking up the vibes whiffing in the air, almost like a dog sniffing out the scent of barbecue ribs on the grill during a breezy summer day in July.
What’s odd here is that despite spending two minutes talking about Iden Versio and claiming this is the first time a story has focused solely from the point of view of the Empire (which is untrue, since Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 featured a full campaign following the 501st from the Clone Wars up through to the end of the Galactic Civil War and Tie Fighter took place only from the point of view of the Empire) we don’t actually know much about Iden. We learn that she’s a pilot, but how did she become an expert pilot? What’s her story? What makes her special other than her gender? We learn that she’s the daughter of an Admiral but why is she loyal to the Empire?
So far Lucasfilms, Disney, Electronic Arts, DICE, and Motive haven’t done much to actually assuage concerns about the story campaign mode in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 being another third-wave feminist-laced piece of propaganda.
They’ll really need to start exploring more aspects of talking about the campaign other than that they have a female lead who is fighting for the Empire, because that’s hardly going to be a selling point for most fans; especially in comparison to the extremely fun, well done, and expansive campaign mode in Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from 12 years ago.