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Star Wars: Battlefront II: Celebration Edition is free on the Epic Games Store.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II: Celebration Edition is free on the Epic Games Store.

It sure has been a week for Star Wars fans, huh? On Monday, Disney announced the formation of Lucasfilm Games, a broader gameplay label for the franchise’s post-EA future. Then, on Wednesday, Ubisoft announced that the company is making an open-world Star Wars game. In between those announcements, Bethesda announced that Machine Games is making an Indiana Jones game. So, really, it’s just been an extraordinary week for properties starring Harrison Ford.

More immediately, you can get the definitive edition of a recent Star Wars game for free, today. Star Wars: Battlefront II was maligned upon release for its excessive use of pay-to-win microtransactions. The catastrophe was big enough that Disney stepped in, and EA stripped the in-game economy out at the last possible moment.

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Battlefront II was a flashpoint for the industry. Its legacy as The Game That Got Politicians Talking About Regulating Loot Boxes has loomed large over the actual game. That’s a shame because it’s apparently pretty great now after years of updates. I’ve never played it, though I do have it downloaded on my Xbox at the moment via EA Play on Game Pass. The Celebration Edition, which was tied to the release of The Rise of Skywalker, comes with all of the game’s DLC from its first two years.

Now that Star Wars: Battlefront II: Celebration Edition is up for grabs, Epic has announced next week’s freebie. Log in next Thursday to claim Galactic Civilizations III, a 4x strategy game from Stardock Entertainment.

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