Last week, an update made to Star Wars: Battlefront II brought back Emperor Palpatine’s game-breaking ability to shoot lightning through walls. Now, an emergency fix has removed him from the game, and we don’t know when he’ll be back.
No fair playing with unlimited power.
For those that don’t know, Star Wars: Battlefront II has players fighting each other as rank and file troops of the Empire or Rebellion. Players can spend points earned in matches to respawn as iconic characters from the franchise. These characters are much more powerful than the basic characters normally used. These characters include classics like Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, or Bossk, a giant lizard bounty hunter that appeared in one scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Because someone really wanted him.
One of these playable characters is Emperor Palpatine, who leaps around the battlefield and attacks enemies with lightning. However, his Chain Lightning ability caused issues earlier this year when it was discovered that it could hit players behind walls. He was thus nerfed in a February 16 patch, which seemed to solve the problem. Recently, there was a hotfix on June 28 to help Palpatine’s lightning work better at close range. Unfortunately, this seems to have brought back his ability to shoot through walls.
EA Dice has not given an official reason for Palpatine’s removal. In a post on the game’s official forums, global manager of community engagement Ben “F8RGE” Walke said:
We plan to execute our Kill Switch (KS) for him. This means he will be removed from the game. He will be disabled until a hotfix can be deployed. We don’t take this decision lightly, but we feel it is in the best interest for everyone until a fix can be deployed.
This isn’t the first time an iconic character was horribly imbalanced in Star Wars: Battlefront II. A glitch in one patch allowed players to bypass the cooldown on Lando Calrissian’s Power Blast ability. The splash damage was also so intense he could easily be as dangerous to himself as to other players.
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