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What will happen to old Battlefront when Classic Collection goes live?

Prefer the old crunchy graphics? We’ve got news for you.

The original Battlefront games are old, but they still have a place in many gamers’ hearts. The upcoming release of the Classic Collection is a great way to jump back into the franchise, with almost all of the content from the original games plus a fresh coat of paint. Fans are generally happy about the reveal, but will it mean giving up the original games for good? 

The old Battlefront games, especially the sequel, still have a surprisingly active player base. Steam Charts reports that the original Battlefront 2 has about half as many players as the most recent release. The vast majority of those players engage with the multiplayer side of the title, which brings the game’s server status into question as well. Based on both the old and new games’ store listings, we think we know what will happen to the classics.

Will you still be able to play old Battlefront after Classic Collection?

Developer Aspyr has not officially revealed what will happen to the old Battlefront games when the Classic Collection releases, but there’s reason to believe that they will remain as normal.

This prediction is based on the Steam page for the original 2005 release. The classic Battlefront 2 is still up for sale at the reasonable price of $10 with all of its features still intact. Steam games that will soon be shuttered usually have a warning on their page that informs users of their planned obsolescence. No such warning exists for the classic Battlefront games, implying that they will remain online.

Both the campaign and multiplayer modes will be feature-complete at launch (Image via Aspyr)
Both the campaign and multiplayer modes will be feature-complete at launch (Image via Aspyr)

The Steam page for the Classic Collection also doesn’t comment on the old games at all, further implying that they will coexist.

However, if you’re more interested in hopping back on the true classics, you may be worried about servers. Official servers for Battlefront 2 went offline years ago. However, several communities regularly host online multiplayer lobbies, with the most popular created by the Star Wars Gaming Order community. 

Plenty of maps and game modes are represented (Image via LucasArts)
Plenty of maps and game modes are represented (Image via LucasArts)

North American afternoons appear to be the most popular time to play. There are plenty of servers for both space and land battles. Even without official servers, the old Battlefront 2 community soldiers on. There’s no reason to suspect that the Classic Collection will change that.

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