The original Star Wars Battlefront games are returning with 64-player online multiplayer

A new generation of fans will finally experience what a proper Star Wars multiplayer game should feel like when the original Star Wars Battlefront games return next month in the Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection.

Star Wars Battle Front Classic Collection key art. Image courtesy Nintendo
Star Wars Battle Front Classic Collection key art. Image courtesy Nintendo /
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This week, it was announced that the original Star Wars Battlefront games were being revived for modern consoles. Both 2004's Star Wars Battlefront and 2005's Star Wars Battlefront II are getting bundled together in the newly revealed Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection.

Set to arrive next month on March 14, Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam for $35.01.

All of the fan-favorite features and content from both of these games will be returning along with restored online play for up to 64 players, expansions to Hero Assault, and content that was previously exclusive to specific consoles.

Star Wars Battlefront's campaign covers the iconic moments and battles from the first two trilogies (Star Wars Episodes I-VI). Meanwhile, in the Battlefront II campaign, you'll "join the rise of Darth Vader’s elite 501st Legion of Stormtroopers."

Of course, the highlight of these games was always the multiplayer. And online support with up to 64 players should provide some amazing experiences, especially as we combine all the iconic land troops and vehicles as well as legendary starships.

Hero Assault also returns, allowing you to play as some of the most iconic heroes and villains from the Star Wars franchise. And for the first time ever, you'll be able to play Hero Assault on all ground maps, including the Death Star, Kashyyyk, Kamino and Naboo.

Both Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II were responsible for some of my most favorite Star Wars gaming moments.

Although EA did attempt to reboot the franchise in 2015, the shooter failed to live up to the excitement generated by its predecessors. Developer DICE did an amazing job recreating the battlegrounds from the movie in incredibly high detail and fidelity, but the gameplay lacked depth and excitement.

EA released a follow-up in 2017 but it was seen by many as a cash grab due to its predatory loot-crate mechanics. Even though the game is much improved today, it still fails to live up to the standards of those early 2000s Battlefront games.

Thankfully, we'll soon be able to play the OG Star Wars Battlefront games. A whole new generation of kids will experience what an authentic Star Wars multiplayer game should feel like.

Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection arrives on March 14.