Star Wars Battlefront 2 2015 Gets Weird Multiplayer Stability Update

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 2015 just got a multiplayer update. It addresses stability issues following the relaunch of online servers in October. The Battlefront 2 Classic community mostly resides on PC. Pandemic/Disney

Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a brand new update, but it’s not for the game released in 2017. According to a recent Steam Community post from Disney, Battlefront 2 2005, also called Battlefront 2 Classic, received a few quick multiplayer fixes Wednesday afternoon.

The patch notes aren’t exactly extensive, but we’ve listed them below:

  • Lobby functionality has been improved
  • Steam usernames should now display correctly
  • Ping calculations are more accurate
  • Other various bug fixes and optimizations

The real story isn’t the content of the patch, but the fact that this patch exists at all. It represents Disney’s continued commitment to ensuring the original version of Star Wars Battlefront 2 maintains a thriving online community. Days before the November launch of 2017’s Battlefront 2, Disney partnered with GOG Galaxy to bring the Battlefront 2 Classic servers back online across PC platforms. With this update, we’re seeing another effort to make that experience even better.

Though released nearly 12 years ago, there are clearly enough people interested for Disney to keep the project going. Especially in the minds of enthusiasts who advocate for game preservation in the face of shuttered multiplayer suites, this is a serious win. It proves that as long as gameplay works well, people will be willing to make time for old-school multiplayer action.

Diving further into the realm of speculation, this Battlefront 2 2015 update could be yet another sign of Disney’s dissatisfaction with the way EA has handled the recent release of Star Wars: Battlefront 2. After all, basic marketing strategy would suggest that updating the old Battlefront 2 could actively work against promoting the new one. A report from The Wall Street Journal claims Disney’s Bob Iger and other top executives were responsible for prompting EA to remove all traces of microtransactions from the new release. As sales of the latest installment continue to underperform, maybe Disney has seen value in recouping those creative costs by supporting its purchased back catalog.

Despite the theories, this update won’t really change retro Battlefront 2 as players know it. If preserving the past is the goal, this patch mostly keeps that mission intact.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 ’s online community remains active on PC platforms like Steam and GOG. Gamers can also play 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Do you think this update for retro Battlefront 2 has any significance from Disney’s point of view? Are you still playing the game? Tell us in the comments section!

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