This Star Wars Battlefront II article contains spoilers.
Star Wars Battlefront II introduces a plethora of new characters in a story campaign that bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. But while the game mostly focuses on Iden Versio and her elite unit of Imperial operatives, Inferno Squad, a few fan-favorite characters pop up for a quick cameo.
Luke Skywalker gets a rare post-RotJ appearance about a third into the game. The fact that he’s playable in the campaign at all is exciting enough, considering that we’ve barely experienced any new stories about Luke that explain why he’s exiled himself on Ahch-To before The Force Awakens. We know the short of it: Luke chose isolation on one of the islands of the distant planet after his nephew, Ben Solo, turned to the dark side and slaughtered all of the students in Luke’s new Jedi Order. He’s been hiding out ever since, due to his failure to keep Ben out of Supreme Leader Snoke’s clutches and save his students.
But everything we’ve seen from The Last Jedi thus far reveals that there’s more to Ahch-To than that. While we’re informed that Luke went searching for the first Jedi temple in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi‘s trailers flesh out why this temple is so important to Luke. It may very well contain the oldest chronicle of the Jedi Order and the galaxy as a whole in the form of the Journal of the Whills, a book that’s been teased in many of the promos released thus far. It is speculated that the chronicle holds secrets about the Jedi that convince Luke that the Order must end once and for all.
We’ll soon find out for sure what that book is all about when The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15. Until then, Star Wars Battlefront II has at the very least answered a pivotal question as to how Luke found the temple on Ahch-To in the first place.
There’s a level in the story campaign where you play as Luke, who’s come to the bug-infested planet of Pillio. Something on the planet has called out to him through the Force, and Luke wants to find out what it is. After a run-in with Imperial stormtroopers and an imperiled member of Inferno Squad, Del Meeko, Luke discovers what’s been calling out to him: a hidden vault belonging to the late Emperor Palpatine.
While Meeko is tasked with destroying the vault before the Rebellion can get their hands on anything in it, Luke takes one mysterious relic with him: a compass. It is implied that this compass is what eventually leads Luke to Ahch-To to discover the deepest secrets of the Jedi.
This also sets up another interesting precedent: Emperor Palpatine knew about Ahch-To and presumably about its secrets. So why didn’t he have the compass destroyed when he had the chance? Leaving the task up to the remaining Imperials after his death seems like a dumb idea. Regardless, at least we know more of the intricacies of Luke’s situation at the end of The Force Awakens. We assume The Last Jedi will address more of Luke’s post-RotJ journey and give us the full picture.
For now, enjoy demolishing your enemies as Luke Skywalker in Battlefront 2…as long as your willing to cough up the cash to do so.