Between the disappointment of its predecessor and the new microtransaction system, I'm a little anxious to see how Star Wars Battlefront II turns out. The full-fledged campaign definitely adds more meat on the bone and not having a costly season pass that splits up the community will hopefully keep everyone invested.
Now, EA and DICE have provided an extensively detailed release plan for the game's absolutely free DLC. The first content season begins December 5 and won't just have multiplayer adds -- such as playable Finn and Phasma -- but a continuation of the campaign with new chapters. Here're the deets, straight from the site:
It all starts with choosing a side. On December 5, you’ll have an opportunity to align with the First Order or choose to fight for the Resistance. Your choice is important, as it will allow you to take part in special challenges that will grant your faction specific rewards.
Things kick into high gear on December 13. Your favorite stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn joins the fight for the Resistance and Captain Phasma steps on to the Battlefront for the First Order. They can be purchased with in-game Credits that week. Whichever faction is victorious in completing the most challenges that week will net a reward as well: a special Crate of high-power upgrades for Finn or Captain Phasma.
New locations and vehicles will also arrive. On December 13, the cinematic content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues with a new planetary map: Crait. The Starfighter Assault map of D'Qar will join as well, plus a new hero ship – Tallie Lintra's RZ-2 A-wing. Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-wing is also upgraded with a new ability inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi .
Iden Versio returns. In Star Wars Battlefront II Resurrection, you’ll join Commander Iden Versio during the days of the First Order’s rise to power. These new chapters of Star Wars Battlefront II’s single-player story mode will be available December 13.
Your choice of faction will continue to matter. Throughout December, you'll see your chosen faction's progress reflected in-game, as you fight alongside allies from around the world to swing the tide of battle.
On the on hand, all this free stuff is great, but I wish it came at a better price than a crate system that can sour one's experience. The Force giveth and the Force taketh away.