Star Wars: Battlefront II’s Iden Versio Has Seen Both Death Star Explosions

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Unlike the original Star Wars Battlefront from EA Dice which focused on the heroes of the franchise, Star Wars Battlefront 2 gives fans a closer look at the Empire's men, centering the videogame on the female human pilot commander Iden Versio (Janina Gavankar).

Versio's been through a lot in Battlefront2. In the trailer fans have seen the soldier watch the Rebel Alliance blowing up the second Death Star from the forest of Endor. Now, a book accompanying the game reveals that she's also seen the explosion of the first Death Star in A New Hope too.

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The USA Today has just released an excerpt of Christie Golden's Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad today, giving fans a closer look at Versio's story outside the videogame. In the excerpt, fans learn that Versio had also been fighting the Rebellion during the first Death Star Assault in Rogue One and A New Hope.

Here's a snippet from the excerpt.

"A sudden scalding brightness filled her vision.

Temporarily blinded, Iden hurtled wildly, her TIE fighter tum­bling out of control. As her vision returned, she realized debris was coming at her as intensely as if she had suddenly materialized inside an asteroid field. Her focus, always powerful, narrowed to laserlike precision as she frantically dodged and swerved, maneuvering around the biggest pieces and wishing with all her being that TIE fighters had shields.

Iden pivoted and tumbled, breathing the mercifully still-flowing oxygen deeply and rhythmically. But she knew in her heart it was just a matter of time. There was too much debris, some of it the size of a standard escape pod, some of it as small as her clenched fist, and she was right in the thick of it. The smaller pieces were pelting her TIE fighter already. Sooner or later, one of the big chunks would hit her, and both Senior Lieutenant Iden Versio and her ship would be noth­ing more than smears on what was left of Yavin's moon.

Somehow, she'd wandered too close to the Death Star's target and had gotten swept up in the chaotic sweep of its destruction—exactly what her commander had been warning her against.

But how was that possible?

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"Mayday, mayday," Iden shouted, unable to keep her voice calm as she desperately dipped and dived to avoid disaster. "This is TIE Sigma Three requesting assistance. Repeat, this is TIE Sigma Three request­ing assistance, do you copy, over?"

Silence. Absolute, cold, terrifying silence."

Versio's had it really hard. It's not easy being a soldier dedicated to the Empire and we wonder what journey she's going to take in Battlefront 2.

Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad is to be published on July 25, 2017. Battlefront II the videogame comes out on November 14, 2017.

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