11:27am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars Battlefront' Trailer Offers Glimpse at 'The Force Awakens' Backstory
The Battle of Jakku already has taken on great significance in Star Wars mythology, with the conflict — which happened shortly after the end of 1983's Return of the Jedi — leading to the crashed Star Destroyer as seen in the initial teaser for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, fans will get their first chance to see the battle for themselves in a new tease for the Star Wars Battlefront video game.
The 30-second trailer for Battlefront's upcoming downloadable content "The Battle of Jakku" shows a battle between Rebellion and Imperial forces amid much carnage, including downed X-Wing and TIE fighters, while AT-AT and AT-ST Walkers shoot down remaining X-Wings. … And something big is falling right above everyone's heads.
The video also reveals that the battle — described by Battlefront publishers EA as "the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet" — takes place 29 years before The Force Awakens, offering the first official identification of the time frame for the new movie.
"The Battle of Jakku" will be available Dec. 1 for those who preordered Star Wars Battlefront (which is released Nov. 17 on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One), with general release following a week later. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released Dec. 18.