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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