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Obi-Wan Kenobi* is coming to Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II on November 28 with the Battle of Geonosis update**. Today, we’re focusing on the cherished Jedi Master, but if you want an early look of Geonosis as well, we recommend reading up on our fresh interview with DICE’s Senior Level Designer Peter Vesti Frendrup.
How will Obi-Wan Kenobi play in Star Wars Battlefront II? What are his Abilities? What different Appearances will he slip into? We’re serving the essentials to you below – and make sure to dive in and read the latest Community Transmission to learn even more.
Star Wars Battlefront II’s Obi-Wan Kenobi in his default Jedi Master Appearance.
The Legacy of Obi-Wan Kenobi Brought to Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II
The legacy of the fabled Jedi Master transcends eras. He was a member of the Jedi Council, a general for the Galactic Republic, and later, after spending years in exile, mentor to Luke Skywalker.
Of course, Luke wasn’t the first Skywalker taken under Kenobi’s wings, as Obi-Wan trained and fought alongside his father Anakin Skywalker (coming to the game this February) during the Clone Wars. And it’s primarily this chapter of his life that’s inspired Obi-Wan’s representation in Star Wars Battlefront II.
A master of defensive lightsaber combat and usage of the Force, he was also a constant thorn in General Grievous’ side. The Clone Wars animated series veterans Matthew Wood (Grievous) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan) are voicing the arch-nemeses, accentuating the history between the two. Make sure to read our interview with both to learn more.
And, as previously covered in our walk-through of how we’re bringing the heroes and villains of Star Wars to life, we’re aiming for the likenesses of their real-life actors. As such, we’ve modelled Obi-Wan Kenobi after Ewan McGregor’s portrayal in Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.
Catering to these known traits and characteristics, we hope that players will feel right at home playing as the Jedi Master in Star Wars Battlefront II.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Abilities in Star Wars Battlefront II
Now, even though our hero isn’t arriving until November 28, knowledge is power. So, use the intel below to prepare your mind and strategy.
Wielding his trademark lightsaber beaming with blue, and reflecting his mastery of defensive combat, Obi-Wan’s blocking skills are superior to any other Jedi in the game. His stamina and near perfect defense are joined by powerful, chained melee attacks.
Obi-Wan Kenobi wearing the Robed Appearance***.
Our intention is to make him feel like the general we follow throughout the Clone Wars, where he commanded the 212th Attack Battalion – also coming to the game as Appearances for the Galactic Republic with the Battle of Geonosis update.
This is most markedly referenced through his Defensive Rush Ability, where Obi-Wan rushes forward while swinging his lightsaber, deflecting blaster shots with flawless accuracy and damaging enemies in front of him. When this Ability is active, the player can choose to deliver a final strike at anytime.
Messing with an opponent’s head is a bit of a specialty of Obi-Wan’s, and this is showcased with the Restrictive Mind Trick Ability. The mind trick disrupts the target’s Abilities for a short time – including dodges! Use it wisely to outsmart your enemy.
Offensively, he can utilize the Force to make an All-Out Push. It’s similar to Luke Skywalker’s push, but Obi-Wan’s version is more focused than that of his future pupil. We’re giving additional control to the player, as holding down the button increases the range of this Ability.
To sum things up, Obi-Wan Kenobi is composed, defensive, and a true master of the Force.
The Appearances of Obi-Wan Kenobi
The noble man arrives with the default Jedi Master Appearance. The Robed Appearance*** will also be available for purchase with Credits or Crystals on November 28. A nod to his time as commander of the 212th Attack Battalion, the General Kenobi Appearance*** will also be available for Credits or Crystals at a later date.
We’re excited to get Obi-Wan Kenobi into players hands and to see him clashing with General Grievous and the other feared villains, starting November 28.
–Daniel Steinholtz (Follow Daniel on Twitter @dsteinholtz)
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*New heroes are available for Credits earned in-game
**All updates require Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II on applicable platform (sold separately), all game updates, internet connection, EA account, and, for console players, Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership (each sold separately)
***Appearances available for Credits earned in-game or Crystals