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