Online multiplayer returns to the original Star Wars: Battlefront via a surprise Steam...

Polycount

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Star Wars: Battlefront lost proper multiplayer gameplay with the closure of GameSpy many years ago. Today's update, however, adds in support for Steam multiplayer, meaning you can finally dive back into some frantic ground battles with your friends (or frenemies).

Battlefront's latest (and likely final) update brought a few other changes, as well. The list isn't long, but support for additional languages -- French, Italian, German, and Spanish -- has been added (we're not sure if this means full localization, however), additional "audio support" has been implemented (whatever that means), and several screen size-related menu and gameplay issues have been patched.

If you've never played the original Battlefront before, now is a great time to check it out. With Steam multiplayer support finally implemented, we're seeing an uptick in activity on the game's Discussion boards, which correlates with an increase in online player numbers.

For the past few months, the game rarely saw more than 60 players online on any given day. Now, that number has shot up to over 250 players, and we fully expect it to increase further as news of this update spreads. In the meantime, that should be more than enough players for you to find a game or two.

While Battlefront is a bit dated from a visual perspective, it still looks surprisingly good for its age. Perhaps more importantly, the game is still fun to play, and at only $5 on Steam (50 percent off), you have very little to lose by giving it a shot.

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BookofNeat

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Cool! Nice to see Steam doing this for a true "Classic" for its userbase. Still, they are pretty late to the party; GOG Galaxy activated multiplayer servers for the Battlefront 1 and 2, what, almost 3 years ago? It's still great that Valve got around to it but I think they could have done so long ago as well.
 

Polycount

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Cool! Nice to see Steam doing this for a true "Classic" for its userbase. Still, they are pretty late to the party; GOG Galaxy activated multiplayer servers for the Battlefront 1 and 2, what, almost 3 years ago? It's still great that Valve got around to it but I think they could have done so long ago as well.

Yep! And, additionally, Battlefront 2's multiplayer servers were actually activated on Steam in 2017, I believe. It's strange that it took so long for the first game to follow suit.
 

Uncle Al

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I think Steam is finally starting to figure out that selling only new games isn't in their best interest and cuts the market back quite a bit. Hopefully they will stop this practice and go back to the old tried and true formula .....
 

psycros

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I think Steam is finally starting to figure out that selling only new games isn't in their best interest and cuts the market back quite a bit. Hopefully they will stop this practice and go back to the old tried and true formula .....

While its not their forte like GoG, Steam sells a ton of old games. Crysis, Total Annihilation, even older stuff. After many years both services sell most of the same titles now - they just approached it from different directions.
 

Lew Zealand

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And this version of Battlefront only recently showed up on GOG, they had classic BF2 for a while but BF only showed up in the last year or so. Odd that this old game is starting to get more attention recently.