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Multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005) is back online

Image: GOG
Image: GOG
The 2005 multiplayer classic Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has had its multiplayer servers come back online. Matches support up to 64 players with Crossplay support between GOG and Steam, although a few more bugs may need to be squashed for some players.

With anticipation high for next month’s release of Star Wars Battlefront II, fans chomping at the bit for some Rebel-on-Empire action can now get their fix with the older Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The PC version of the 2005 classic just had its multiplayer servers reinstated.

The role-based, team-focused frenetic shooter set in the Star Wars universe was an online multiplayer staple from its introduction in 2005. However, when Gamespy’s multiplayer servers were permanently shut down in 2014, Battlefront 2’s multiplayer went with them. However, thanks to the efforts of teams at both Steam and GOG, multiplayer servers for the game have been restored by Disney, who now owns the rights to the Star Wars franchise. Multiplayer matches can once again support up to 64 players simultaneously. The game is also Crossplay compatible now, meaning that servers are platform agnostic. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you own the Steam or GOG version; multiplayer matches can be joined by either.

However, there’s definitely more work to be done. Several players are already complaining of spotty connections, intermittent crashes, and random disconnects. There’s obviously a few more wrinkles that need to be ironed out (likely with the player-hosted aspect of the service), but it’s nonetheless exciting to see a classic multiplayer game get this much love 12 years after its release.

The 2005 version of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is available for USD $10 from Steam or $2.29 from GOG (at the time of this writing). Now get out there and capture those command posts!

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Sam Medley, 2017-10- 3 (Update: 2017-10- 3)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.