Star Wars Battlefront finally got a trailer earlier today, and in addition to the locations of Endor, Hoth, and Tatooine, we were treated to a look at our beloved Millennium Falcon flying over a final location: a harsh, rocky world with rivers of lava. The planet was named as Sullust on the panel, a name longtime Star Wars fans may recognize.
Okay, give me the basics on Sullust.
It was first mentioned on screen by Darth Vader himself in Return of the Jedi during a report to the Emperor. Vader was informing his master a large Rebel Alliance fleet was “amassing” near the planet as a precursor to their assault on Endor’s forest moon.
Sullust is located on the Outer Rim and is a barren, volcanic planet. While the planet itself is somewhat unremarkable, it is of high strategic importance due to its galaxy renown shipyards.
Shipyards, you say?
Oh yes. Aside from a few other planets such as Fondor and Mon Calamari, Sullust is home to one of the largest shipyards in the galaxy capable of producing massive capitol ships such as Imperial Star Destroyers.
Oh, no wonder the Rebel Alliance the Empire are fighting over it. Who controls it?
By the time of the original trilogy, Sullust is a planet that hasn’t chosen a side in the conflict, but the population sympathizes with the Rebellion, hence allowing them to gather a fleet in their space by the time of Return of the Jedi. In the old canon, Sullust became one of the earliest planets to join The New Republic after its formation following the Battle of Endor.
The inhabitants of the planet, Sullustans, have been seen on screen. You may remember Nien Nunb who was Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor.
Typically, they’re known for their abilities as navigators and merchants. In fact, the planet is home to the SoroSuub Corporation, a large Imperial affiliated mining conglomerate.
Gameplay wise, what can we expect from Sullust?
Sullust is a harsh, rocky world filled with channels of lava that weave through the landscape like rivers. It’s very possible the developers will litter the landscape with rocky outcroppings to provide cover for players. In addition, it wouldn’t be surprising to see bridges over the lava rivers, acting as choke points for anyone not using a jet pack.
Sullust is also known for technologically advanced underground structures, which may act as bases or objectives. In the trailer, we already saw TIE Fighters launching from a structure of some kind, presumably in or on the landscape.
Anything else I should know?
Details are still emerging, but we’ll keep you up to date as they come. Until then, check out our other coverage that ties into The Force Awakens: The Battle of Jakku DLC.