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Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Battlefront II Lets You Play As A Badass Woman Avenging…the Empire?

As part of Star Wars Celebration, EA released the first, full trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II. In the game’s single-player campaign, players will go through the story as Iden Versio, an Imperial soldier who vows to take down the Rebellion after watching the Death Star II blown up. io9 has a full write-up of her background here.

It’ll be an entirely new experience for players to campaign on the side of the villainous Empire. While I’d obviously rather that we got a female Battlefront protagonist who wasn’t a fascist, I’m still excited that players will experience the game as a complicated, hard-fighting female character. You know, almost as if women were fully fledged humans who exist on the same spectrum of good and evil as other genders…

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