Games,  Prequel Trilogy,  The Clone Wars

A closer look at Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Battlefront II

From EA:

“Obi-Wan Kenobi* is coming to Star Wars Battlefront™ II on November 28 with the Battle of Geonosis update**. […]

How will Obi-Wan Kenobi play in Star Wars Battlefront II? What are his Abilities? What different Appearances will he slip into? We’re serving the essentials to you below – and make sure to dive in and read the latest Community Transmission to learn even more.

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Star Wars Battlefront II’s Obi-Wan Kenobi in his default Jedi Master Appearance.

[…] A master of defensive lightsaber combat and usage of the Force, he was also a constant thorn in General Grievous’ side. The Clone Wars animated series veterans Matthew Wood (Grievous) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan) are voicing the arch-nemeses, accentuating the history between the two. Make sure to read our interview with both to learn more.

And, as previously covered in our walk-through of how we’re bringing the heroes and villains of Star Wars to life, we’re aiming for the likenesses of their real-life actors. As such, we’ve modelled Obi-Wan Kenobi after Ewan McGregor’s portrayal in Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.

[…] Now, even though our hero isn’t arriving until November 28, knowledge is power. So, use the intel below to prepare your mind and strategy.

Wielding his trademark lightsaber beaming with blue, and reflecting his mastery of defensive combat, Obi-Wan’s blocking skills are superior to any other Jedi in the game. His stamina and near perfect defense are joined by powerful, chained melee attacks.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wearing the Robed Appearance***.

Our intention is to make him feel like the general we follow throughout the Clone Wars, where he commanded the 212thAttack Battalion – also coming to the game as Appearances for the Galactic Republic with the Battle of Geonosis update.

This is most markedly referenced through his Defensive Rush Ability, where Obi-Wan rushes forward while swinging his lightsaber, deflecting blaster shots with flawless accuracy and damaging enemies in front of him. When this Ability is active, the player can choose to deliver a final strike at anytime.

Messing with an opponent’s heads is a bit of a specialty of Obi-Wan’s, and this is showcased with the Restrictive Mind Trick Ability. The mind trick disrupts the target’s Abilities for a short time – including dodges! Use it wisely to outsmart your enemy.

Offensively, he can utilize the Force to make an All-Out Push. It’s similar to Luke Skywalker’s push, but Obi-Wan’s version is more focused than that of his future pupil. We’re giving additional control to the player, as holding down the button increases the range of this Ability.

To sum things up, Obi-Wan Kenobi is composed, defensive, and a true master of the Force.

The noble man arrives with the default Jedi Master Appearance. The Robed Appearance*** will also be available for purchase with Credits or Crystals on November 28. A nod to his time as commander of the 212th Attack Battalion, the General Kenobi Appearance*** will also be available for Credits or Crystals at a later date.”


From EA:

“It was important for us that when playing as Obi-Wan, not only would players feel like they are playing as the legendary Jedi Master, but it was also imperative that we capture the person that was often the leader on the battlefront and inspiration to the clones he commanded.

We wanted to capture the essence of Obi-Wan running head first towards a battalion of Droids, using his lightsaber to deflect blaster fire with perfect accuracy , which we see him doing in The Clone Wars™ animated series.

We also wanted to ensure that we captured his expertise as a Force user and we worked to ensure this was reflected within his ability set. We took inspiration from numerous sources, one of which was a battle against Anakin Skywalker. With both Jedi locked in a stalemate, one hand raised against the others. The use of the singular hand would play a key part in the animation on display with one of his abilities.

Another battle we took inspiration from was one such battle against General Grievous in which he finds himself backed up against a wall. With Grievous approaching, Obi-Wan unleashes a powerful Force Push, sending the General of the Droid army tumbling backwards.

It’s hard to talk about Obi-Wan without at least mentioning his penchant for using the Force to play mind tricks on his opponents so it was important that this aspect of his character was also present. His now iconic wave of the hand which has been seen throughout the Star Wars saga will be present in the form of his ability, Restrictive Mind Trick.” […]

VOICE LINES

  • “Let the negotiations begin.”
  • “You want to go home and rethink your life.”
  • “You haven’t exactly impressed me today.”
  • “Oh my. And here I thought Master Yoda was sending me somewhere relaxing.”
  • “I understand you’ve had some troubles recently.”
  • “Hello there.”
  • “So uncivilized.”
  • “Why do I get the feeling you’re going to be the death of me?”
  • “When I cut you in half, I should have aimed for your neck instead.”
  • “The strongest defence is a swift and decisive offence.”
  • “Ugh — like bathing in a lake of venom-mites.”
  • “Your perversion of the Force ends here.”
  • “I’m glad to see you’re enjoying yourselves.”
  • “Let’s avoid any of General Skywalker’s “techniques”, shall we?”
  • “Evil will always find a master, won’t it?”
  • “Trandoshans. Always so touchy.”
  • “I will do what needs to be done.”
  • “There is no death, there is the Force.”[…]”

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  • Cryogenic

    I will say: Wonderful images. Crisp, well-posed and well-composed, and they’ve captured the likeness of Obi-Ewan very well. Obi-Wan at his zenith. Love it!!!

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