EA has announced that Count Dooku, aka Darth Tyranus, will become a playable Hero character in Star Wars Battlefront 2 this January. The Sith lord’s arrival will precede a Battle Point Event, which should help more players have a chance to try him provided they play Galactic Assault on Prequel Era maps.
Count Dooku will be added to Battlefront 2 on January 23. That same day, the Hero character will also receive a second cosmetic appearance, titled Dark Ritual, and the Republic Clone Army will get a new skin called Coruscant Guard. Neither cosmetic has been revealed yet, but given EA’s recent decision to incorporate more elements of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series into Battlefront 2, it stands to reason that we can probably look to the show for clues.
Dark Ritual probably refers to the outfit Count Dooku wears in The Clone Wars Season 6, Episode 13 “Sacrifice” when he and Darth Sidious perform a Sith sorcery spell, called dark illusion, on Yoda. In terms of the Coruscant Guard, the show devotes several episodes to events that transpire on the city planet–most notably the trial of Ahsoka Tano arc in the fifth season–where we see clone troopers in red colored armor. The show refers to this specific clone army as the Coruscant Guard, making them the most likely candidate for the upcoming Battlefront 2 skins.
The Battle Point Event starts on January 25 and continues to the 27. This event is focused on Eras, so you’ll only be able to play as Hero characters that belong to the era of the multiplayer map you’re playing on. However, the Hero fighters you can play as will receive a 50% Battle Point discount.
Most of Battlefront 2’s updates over the past year have been Clone Wars focused in some respect. Both Grievous and Obi-Wan have been added as playable Hero characters, with both Count Dooku and Anakin scheduled for the near future. To capture the tone of The Clone Wars series, EA secured Matthew Wood, James Arnold Taylor, Corey Burton, and Matt Lanter to record in-game lines for each of the characters they portrayed on the show. Geonosis was also added as a multiplayer map, a Prequel Era playlist was implemented into matchmaking, and new Republic Army cosmetic skins–such as Yoda’s 41st Elite Corps and Windu’s 91st Mobile Reconnaissance Corps–have been routinely included in updates.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The Clone Wars animated series is returning with a surprise seventh season that sees Anakin and Obi-Wan once again teaming up with Ahsoka Tano to aid in the Siege of Mandalore.