EA have finally budged and decided to let the classic Star Wars Battlefront from 2004 be sold on Steam and GOG. If you are looking to wear your nostalgia pants again, this may be a good time as the concurrent player count is about to spike.
Star Wars Battlefront is one of the bright spots in video game iterations of George Lucas' creation as it proved to be a worldwide hit and a beloved game. The Battlefront franchise was stained later on with EA's attempts at making it a cash cow, first in 2017 and then ran it into the ground in 2018 but Star Wars fans still remember the original Battlefronts fondly.
The proof for this is the classic Star Wars Battlefront 2 which has 91 positive reviews on Steam even though it's a 14 year old game with graphics to match. It was also available on GOG for a while and EA are apparently ready to bring back the first game that started it all.
Star Wars Battlefront is now available on both stores even though it was an Origin exclusive for no apparent reason other than the 30 per cent cut since the sequel was performing well on both Steam and GOG.
There is a small discount on the game due to May the 4th celebration and Battlefront is slightly cheaper on Steam but the GOG version is DRM free.
Multiplayer is available but it will require some more people to get it back up to full glory. Furthermore, networking is outdated so you will likely need this guide to actually connect properly.
EA didn't mention any further support for the title so you will either need to settle for community updates or none as no one guaranteed any would happen.
Still, considering that Battlefront 2 player count spikes every May due to the aforementioned celebration, it may be a good time to get the first Battlefront, in case you already put your nostalgia pants on since you might be able to squeeze in a few multiplayer matches.
Seeing those numbers rise precisely at the same time every year would definitely bring Pandemic Studios a sense of pride and accomplishment, had EA not shafted them in 2009.