Right here’s how 2005’s Extensive title Wars: Battlefront 2 was patched this week

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Extensive title Wars: Battlefront 2 is more than 12 years inclined, however it has obtained two patches in the previous 4 months, leaving fans of the inclined Pandemic Studios-developed shooter questioning who precisely is in the help of those updates. It turns out that although Disney isn’t making console or PC video games anymore, it’s tranquil working with partners to be taught older titles.

LucasArts at the starting up revealed Extensive title Wars: Battlefront 2, and Disney took administration of the game when it got LucasArts’ parent company, Lucasfilm, in 2012. (Present that 2005’s Extensive title Wars: Battlefront 2 is unrelated to the equally titled Digital Arts-revealed game Extensive title Wars Battlefront 2, which was released in November 2017.)

Pandemic’s Extensive title Wars: Battlefront 2 misplaced correct network advantage in Might 2014 with the shutdown of GameSpy Technology. Fans had stored the game alive by workarounds, however they had been treated to a relaxing surprise in October 2017. That’s when GOG Galaxy revived Battlefront 2 with a patch that reactivated online play all over every GOG and Steam. Avid gamers reported a amount of technical components at the time, and a 2d update was released the day gone by, Jan. 3. The 240 MB patch delivered “minor bug fixes and optimized performance”:

Foyer functionality has been improved
Steam usernames need to now announce precisely
Ping calculations are more fair

It’s weird and wonderful for any decade-inclined game to be up previously, especially one love Battlefront 2, whose listed publishers are Lucasfilm, LucasArts and Disney Interactive — three companies that are no longer primarily establishing venerable console/PC video games anymore. (Disney closed LucasArts in April 2013, and shut down the interior model studio at Disney Interactive in Might 2016; with some exceptions, Disney now exists in the gaming market most productive as a licensing enterprise.)

A Disney representative told Polygon that although the corporate isn’t actively establishing console/PC titles, gaming groups attain exist interior Disney and Lucasfilm. These interior groups form out outdoor occasions reminiscent of licensees and different model partners, working to be taught correct stewardship of Disney’s brands.

Within the case of Battlefront 2, the Disney spokesperson acknowledged that GOG Galaxy is handling the help stop for the game’s online play, along with the model of patches. The company’s work amounts to upkeep and repairs, a chiefly technical endeavor somewhat than a ingenious one. In several words, it’s unrealistic to inquire of contemporary thunder material for a game that launched in slack 2005, and different additions that fans are clamoring for — love Steam Workshop advantage and devoted servers — will also be asking too noteworthy.

Tranquil, it’s rare that an inclined game is revived in a assemble that doesn’t inquire of avid gamers to pay for a re-unlock. In comparability to the controversy surrounding EA’s implementation of loot crates in 2017’s Battlefront 2, this looks love a friendly gesture from Disney.