A long time ago in an Indian restaurant in north London
“As we talked and laughed drunkenly that night, Simon did something that would change me for ever, change us for ever. He picked up a condiment and moved it across the table making this sound: Birbirbigitt Birbirbigitt bigitt. I knew exactly what this was. Time slowed around us, a warm bubble of light inflated, and for a moment I couldn’t see or hear anything but Simon. He was making the sound of the mouse droid that Chewbacca roars at in Star Wars. It was as if we were the only two people in the world. He got it, whatever it was. I understood him completely and he understood me… I guess one could argue we fell in love that day.”
In describing how he formed a bond with his longtime collaborator Simon Pegg, Nick Frost provides a clear illustration of Star Wars’ ability to do strange things to people. It is an entertainment behemoth that spans the globe and speaks to all ages, but among certain groups – often including those who were there to see the original movie trilogy on the big screen – it has a profound effect. You may like a bit of Star Wars, but the man who built a full-scale Millennium Falcon in his yard, and the people who spend £1,500 on replica lightsabers or dress up as Princess Leia to get married: what does the prospect of Star Wars Battlefront do to these people?
It’s not that they haven’t seen Star Wars games in the past, but never one that recreates those famous sights and sounds so vividly as it drops you into the mixer, fizzing explosions cascading around you as John Williams’ score lifts the hairs on your neck. And rarely from people as passionate as the DICE developers currently finishing up the work of their lives. In our cover story, they tell us what they’re bringing to a game that is certain to get even the most staunchly anti-multiplayer Star Wars fan connecting online. Your renowned Greedo impersonation over voice chat may not see you forming a lifelong friendship involving a sitcom, movie deals, and the flushing of birthday cake down hotel toilets, but you will be alongside others who appreciate the unique power of Lucasfilm’s universe.
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