Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Preview for 'Battlefront II: Inferno Squad' Released

By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books released the first preview excerpt from the upcoming novel Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad today in USA Today.  The novel serves as both a prequel to the campaign mode in Star Wars Battlefront II and a follow up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The book will see Inferno Squad, led by Commander Iden Versio, tracking down the surviving members of Saw Gerrera's partisans who made it off Jedha following the Death Star attack.  Inferno Squad is written by Christie Golden, who has previously written the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple.  The novel is slated for a release on July 25th. 

You can check out part of the excerpt below,
“Attention, pilots,” came the voice of her commander, Kela Neerik, in Iden’s ear, and for a brief, beautiful instant Iden thought her squad commander was going to explain what was going on. But all Neerik said was, “Death Star is now six minutes out from target.”

Iden bit her lip, wondering if she should speak up. Don’t. Don’t, she told herself, but the words had a life of their own. Before she realized it, out they had come.

“Respectfully, Commander, with only six minutes until the entire moon’s destruction, why are we out here? Surely thirty one-person ships won’t be able to do anything resembling damage to the Death Star in that amount of time.”

“Lieutenant Versio” — Neerik’s voice was as cold as space — “don’t assume your father’s position gives you special privileges. We are here because Lord Vader ordered us to be here. Perhaps you’d like to put your question to him personally when we return to the station? I’m sure he’d be delighted to explain his military strategy to you.”

Iden felt a cold knot in her stomach at the thought of a “personal” conversation with Lord Vader. She’d never met him, thankfully, but she had heard too many chilling rumors.

“No, Commander, that won’t be necessary.”

“I thought not. Do your duty, Lieutenant Versio.”

Iden frowned, then let it go. She did not need to understand the rebels; she needed only to destroy them.

Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad hits shelves on July 25th.  The audiobook, which will be released the same day, will be narrated by Janina Gavankar, who voices Iden in the game.  Star Wars Battlefront II will be released for Play Station 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.

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