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Star Wars Battlefront II ‘topped 19 million’ free downloads on Epic Games Store
Title was free to download from January 14-21
Star Wars Battlefront II was downloaded for free more than 19 million times during a recent Epic Games Store promotion, according to publisher EA.
Battlefront II: Celebration Edition, which normally costs £34.99 was free to download from Epic’s marketplace from January 14-21.
Celebration Edition features the complete collection of customisation content available through in-game purchases, including the most recent items inspired by The Rise of Skywalker.
While Battlefront II received its final major content update in April 2020, publisher EA has had to deal with a massive influx of new players this month, which resulted in temporary issues as it worked to increase server capacity.
The Epic Games Store’s free games promotion has seen it give away titles on a weekly basis since the storefront launched in December 2018. It also gave away 15 free games over the 2020 Christmas period.
It’s unclear what percentage of Epic Games Store players downloaded Battlefront II for free, but it appears to be a significant one. Epic claimed in January 2020 that the Epic Games Store had amassed 108 million PC customers in its first year of operation.
It was announced this month that Lucasfilm Games has ended its Star Wars exclusivity deal with EA by partnering with Ubisoft on a new open-world game, although EA said it will continue to make Star Wars games “for years to come”.