New Star Wars Battlefront II video shows how the Messengers will enact the Emperor’s vengeance

We get our closest look yet at the Emperor's mysterious, menacing Messenger droid

The death of the Emperor wasn’t the end of the Empire. While the fall of the nefarious leader sewed confusion among the ranks, the surviving officers of the Imperial navy still wield influence over vast fleets and powerful forces. But even from beyond the grave, the Emperor’s destructive control holds sway over the galaxy… not just over his enemies, but also over the servants who failed to protect his life.

Part of that vengeance is enacted by Messenger droids, one of which plays a key role in the single-player story of Star Wars Battlefront II.

Messengers are agents of the Contingency – the Emperor’s sinister plan put into effect in the event of his untimely demise. Outlined in Star Wars Shattered Empire and Star Wars Aftermath, the Contingency punishes Empire and Rebellion alike.

Messengers are foreboding droids. They bear the visage of the dead Palpatine, and some are equipped to enforce his will not just with words, but with violent action. Early in Star Wars Battlefront II, a Messenger tasks Iden and her father, Garrick Versio, with terrifying instructions. We don’t want to reveal much more about this critical sequence, but its pretty clear that Iden’s “unusual” mission will place her on a collision course with the last wishes of the fallen Emperor.

The Messenger is just one of many story connections to the broader Star Wars galaxy revealed in the new single-player campaign. You’ll be learning much more about Iden, her teammates Del and Hask, and many of your favourite Star Wars characters in Star Wars Battlefront II, launching 17th November.

However, you won’t have to wait until then to go hands-on with the game. The Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta* is coming 6th October (or 4th October if you pre-order). Stay tuned for more news leading up to the game’s release.

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Love Palpatine, never thought much of him when I was younger but watching the prequels and originals again reminds me of how incredible a character he is. Powerful enough to be around loads of jedi that have no idea he is a sith and to achieve the things he did… Probably helps that he’s really well acted too! Glad he’s not gone and forgotten.

Best character to play as in battlefront 1, hoping for a return – anakin would be great too!


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