When Does ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Take Place?

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Star Wars: Battlefront II introduces players to new character Iden Versio, an Imperial hero. Unlike the games before it, Battlefront II is considered canon, so it is important to examine how the game and Iden’s story fits into the timeline within the Star Wars universe.

The single-player campaign, and thus Iden’s story, begins prior to Star Wars: Episode VI, with our Imperial hero seemingly imprisoned aboard a Rebellion vessel. This is just before the Battle of Endor, when the Empire is luring the Rebellion into a trap. It falls to Iden to destroy information that would tip off the Rebellion.

The Battle of Endor

While Iden’s mission is a success, the Rebellion still comes out of the other side of the trap victorious. Iden and her squad witness the destruction of the Death Star from the surface of Endor, moving quickly to evacuate their allies as the Rebels begin their invasion of the surface. This concludes the events of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.

Destruction of the Death Star over Endor
Destruction of the Death Star over Endor

Battle of Jakku

A major point in Star Wars history is the Battle of Jakku. By this time, Iden and several of her loyal soldiers have joined the Rebellion. They provide invaluable information for their raiding parties and strike major blows to the opposition. The Battle of Jakku is the last major battle to take place in the Galactic Civil War, marking the end of the Empire. Iden takes a front row seat in the battle, leading fighters against the Imperial pilots and soldiers. She is present throughout the entirety of the firefight, crash-landing only at its summation.

In the aftermath of the battle, players are treated to a scene of a massive Imperial ship laying in the sands, potentially the same ship that Rey is later seen pillaging at the outset of Star Wars: Episode VII.

The Empire's defeat on Jakku
The Empire's defeat on Jakku

Pre-The Force Awakens

Speaking of Episode VII, Iden’s whereabouts are largely unknown in relation to the start of the film. One of her loyal soldiers is captured by Kylo Ren decades after the Battle on Jakku. Prior to the soldier’s defection from the empire, he also worked with character well-known in the Star Wars universe — we won’t spoil it here — to retrieve a compass that would presumably point the way to the first Jedi temple. The location of the temple, of course, is the plot device propelling the narrative for Episode VII.

Setting a trap with the Corvus
Setting a trap with the Corvus

The single-player campaign is fairly weighty, stretching from the events in Star Wars: Episode VI to the Empire’s subsequent defeat leading into Star Wars: Episode VII. We’ll see in just a month whether or not the game’s events also tie into Episode VIII: The Last Jedi as well.

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