by Graeson Seiler
Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, a novel written by Alexander Freed,
has just been released , and the new video game Star Wars Battlefront (2015) will be hitting Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month. With optimism in mind, the novel should bring much desired plot to the video game.

Earlier this year, fans of the Battlefront series were shocked to hear that the latest game wouldn’t feature a single player campaign. While it probably wasn’t wise to tell gamers what they do and do not want out of a video game, it’s also unrealistic to expect a StarWars game spanning all three trilogies before The Force Awakens has even been released. After all, even the release of the Episode 7 novelization has been pushed back to  January 5th 2016 in order to avoid leaking spoilerific plot points over the internet.

Nonetheless, gamers like a good story line, and while they’ve learned not to expect a thought-provoking narrative from multiplayer-focused first-person shooters, Battlefront is still a Star Wars franchise, and the people expect a tie-in to the rest of the universe. That’s  where Twilight Company comes in.

As a gamer myself, I enjoy role-playing-games, novels and comics alike in genres spanning fantasy, western and science fiction. Contrary to some of the negative stereotypes floating around these days, gamers do tend to prefer these active-participation forms of entertainment. So there is a good possibility that at least some of the gaming community will pick up on this novelization as a way to make up for the lack of story mode in the game.

As for the novel itself, it doesn’t recount the events of the movies the way that Star Wars Battlefront II did, but it does stay true to the narrative style by following the gritty in-the-trenches combat as seen from the perspective of the Rebels. It’s also important to point out that the novel is written by Alexander Freed, a more than capable author who has written for notable video games such as BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as several other Star Wars adaptations for Dark Horse Comics.

So if you’re bummed that Star Wars Battlefront won’t be featuring a single player campaign, consider picking up Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company. You can find the link here or search for it on our website. Pick it up, read it, and get the nerd side of your brain hyped by the time the video game comes out Nov. 17th!