Mods Help Squad Become The Ultimate Star Wars: Battlefront Game
A big mod turns the army shooter Squad into an unauthorized Star Wars Battlefront sequel with far more content than DICE's offers
While Battlefront II received a frosty reaction from fans due to a perceived over-reliance on microtransactions, later content upgrades expanded the experience with additional locations, characters, and game types. By the time DICE revealed the final Star Wars Battlefront II Battle of Scarif DLC in 2020, Star Wars Battlefront II would be recognized as one of the better products to come from EA's possession of the Star Wars gaming license. The popularity of Star Wars Battlefront II was boosted by a successful free giveaway on the Epic Games Store early last year, but EA and DICE have said that there will be no more content or follow-up games for Battlefront II.
Meanwhile, YouTuber OperatorDrewski noticed in a recent gameplay video that a big mod named "Galactic Contention" transforms Squad into a spiritual successor to the Star Wars Battlefront series. Galactic Contention, they claim, radically changes the design of Squad to more closely match the Star Wars world, replacing all in-game models and maps with people, vehicles, and places from the canonical Star Wars films, including specialist Jet Troopers and Commander Droids. It's been accessible for years on Steam, with regular updates bringing new assets and features like the ability to speak with colleagues via voice chat in a way that rivals Battlefield 2042 or Star Wars Battlefront II.
Battlefront 3 was not included in EA's latest lineup of Star Wars-themed titles, which included the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which was revealed in January. This apparent cancellation of the DICE-developed Star Wars Battlefront series appears to have been planned as far back as Battlefront II's final support period, as game director Dennis Brannvall confirmed that more Star Wars Battlefront II DLC was planned, centered around the volcanic world of Mustafar and fan-favorite The Clone Wars characters Ahsoka Tano and Assajj Ventress, but it was ultimately scrapped.
While EA and DICE are unlikely to release an official Star Wars Battlefront sequel anytime soon, Squad's Galactic Contention mod serves as a suitable (and maybe superior) option due to its extensive content and added features. Only time will tell whether Star Wars fans will be treated to another first-person shooter set in a galaxy far, far away, but in the meanwhile, there are plenty of unauthorized games and mods to keep you occupied.