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Here's how Star Wars Battlefront's Hero System works

Think you'll be Force Pushing enemies across the battlefield as Luke Skywalker for entire matches? Not quite. In a new post on the EA official site (opens in new tab) DICE Senior Producer Jamie Keen explains a little more about how Star Wars Battlefront (opens in new tab) Hero System works.

After finding a pick up for someone like Luke or his dark side dad, your health will actually constantly decrease, limiting your time as the more powerful character. However, you can extend your time by taking down foes. “Our goal was to give an average player around two minutes as a Hero or Villain,” explains Keen. “But if you’re good enough, you might stretch that to around five minutes. In theory, you could play as Luke Skywalker for a whole match, but that is extremely unlikely. That said, the gauntlet is thrown!”

Keen also outlines Luke's powers and movement in more detail. “His jump is based on a normal biomechanical jump, but it’s augmented by the Force," he explains. "You see this in the films as well, such as when he’s jumping out of the carbonite pit or when he’s training on Dagobah.” In terms of attack, Luke has a heavy sweep with his lightsaber for taking on multiple enemies, the Force Push to send Imperial Troops hurtling into the distance and the Saber Rush to propel yourself into lightning fast attacks.

Next month's Star Wars Battlefront beta will have offline mode (opens in new tab) as well as online and also include the chance to try out the Hero System in action. Keep your eyes peeled for the release date. It looks like this is, in fact, the beta we're looking for.

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