Battlefront Classic Collection dev update fails to bring balance to the Force

Battlefront Classic Collection dev update fails to bring balance to the Force
Images via Aspyr Media

Written by 

Tom Chapman


15th Mar 2024 14:12

Just when we thought the long legacy of Star Wars games was about to come back with a bang, we're then struck with a deadly blow of lightning and what's been dubbed one of the worst gaming releases of all time. Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection is here, but to be honest, some of us would rather it wasn't. 

While you might've thought stapling together two classic Star Wars games and shipping them out to a new generation would be easy, Aspyr Media has proved that's not the case thanks to the botched release of the Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection and it being branded a 'robbery.'

Battlefront Classic Collection devs apologise for its launch

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There were alarm bells ringing when Aspyr was announced as the team behind the Battlefront Classic Collection, with its underwhelming rereleases of The Force Unleashed and Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords hardly filling us with confidence. Aspyr is accused of being a one-and-done studio, and it hasn't done anything to help itself. 

In a post on its website, Aspyr has spoken out about a launch that's been rockier than the cliffs of Ahch-To. Thanking the Battlefront Classic Collection community for "their overwhelming support and feedback," the dev admitted it has "experienced critical errors with our network infrastructure."

Admitting troubles with high ping, matchmaking errors, crashes, and server problems - you name it - Aspyr sounds like it has experienced it all. Saying that they've been working hard to address these issues, disgruntled Jedi are encouraged to report more errors via the Aspyr Request Form.

Battlefront Classic Collection dubbed one of the worst gaming releases ever

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In an era that's seen the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, and The Day Before hit with launch day gremlins, Battlefront Classic Collection is giving the worst of the worst a run for their money. When you can simply play the original game on PC, there are questions about why anyone is stumping up for the blundering Classic Collection.

At the time of writing, the Classic Collection's Steam reviews speak for themselves. With 3,516 negative reviews compared to just 886 positive, the numbers speak for themselves before you even dive into the reviews. 

There are plenty of scathing reviews, as one wrote, "As of now the game is dead on arrival. Multiplayer completely broken, might as well play the original." Another added, "So let me get this straight. You launched this game with only 3 servers on PC knowing full well people only bought it for that sole reason? Peak comedy gold. Easy refund. What a disappointment."

One particularly damning review said, "Probably one of the worst launches of all time, none of us can get in a game and there are only 3 servers lol." Someone else posted a link to the original game as a review and earned a tonne of upvotes.

While it's possible for Aspyr to turn things around by actually giving us more than three servers, it's not exactly got the higher ground on this one. The future of Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection is unclear, but either way, it's hardly the Chosen One we were promised. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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