In what may be my first Star Wars Battlefront 2 article not to mention loot boxes (except for right then), I wanted to focus on another aspect of the game that’s (almost) completely loot box-free.
That would be the single player campaign, the long-awaited, canon Star Wars story that DICE cooked up about an Imperial special forces member, Iden Versio, and her adventures fighting against the Rebel alliance.
There’s one aspect of the game I wanted to discuss specifically, this idea that by the end of the game Battlefront 2 has solved one of the new trilogy’s greatest mysteries, who Rey’s parents are. Obviously spoilers are going to follow, so turn back now if you care about the intricacies of the Battlefront campaign. If you care about who Rey’s parents are, I am going to say emphatically that despite some crazy theories, that Battlefront 2 does not answer that question, so you’re safe to read on. I think, anyway.
I…don’t especially like the Battlefront 2 campaign, which is a pretty big disappointment, as it’s half the reason I was eager to pick up the game (before all this other nonsense). I like the idea of playing as an Imperial for once as Iden, but way, way too quickly, the story turns into an ultra-predictable “redemption” tale without any shades of grey.
Iden tries to save some random civilians on a planet, is told that’s treasonous annnnnd twenty minutes later she’s flying an X-Wing and fighting alongside Princess Leia. It’s an incredibly abrupt character shift, one amplified by the length of the four-hour campaign where you’re not even playing as Iden for half of the missions, as the game has you controlling Luke, Leia, Han and even Lando and Kylo Ren in a some segments.
A slightly better version of Iden’s story is with Del, another Imperial, though his tale has him run into Luke Skywalker in a chance encounter. There’s actually a pretty good line in this mission where Del asks why Luke saves and spares him after just murdering a bunch of Stormtroopers, and Luke responds “You gave me a choice.” After that, Del fights with Luke and his perception of the Jedi and the Alliance are forever changed. When Iden defects, so does he, but his seeds were better planted, in my opinion.
All of this leads to the grand conclusion of the story, where after the Empire is (temporarily) defeated at the battle of Jakku, and Iden and Del kiss, another abrupt development. Right after that, we fast-forward to the future where Kylo Ren is hunting down an older Del, extracting memories about where to find Luke Skywalker from his mind. Repeatedly, it’s mentioned that Del has a daughter, though she and Iden are nowhere to be found. Del is killed, and a trap is laid for Iden to be sprung in uh…DLC. That’s correct, they did not finish the story, though that’s a debate for another day.
In the wake of this, I have seen dozens of movie and gaming websites write articles with headlines ranging from “Did Battlefront 2 Just Reveal Rey’s Parents?” to flat-out “Battlefront 2 Just Revealed Rey’s Parents!”
I’m all for some good old fashioned clickbait in my time, but man, this is so, incredibly stupid. The idea is that Iden and Del are Rey’s parents, in case you haven’t’ caught on. Here’s what I think is all the evidence for this:
- Del and Iden have a daughter, Rey is a girl.
- We don’t know their daughter’s name, we don’t know Rey’s parent’s names.
- They both fought at Jakku where Rey is hidden/abandoned.
- Del supposedly says something to Kylo Ren about his daughter being “dangerous.” I don’t remember this, and cannot find it in repeat viewings of the cutscene, only Del warning Hask “not to go after her because it won’t end well for you,” referring to Iden, not his daughter.
- The timelines…could…line up? (Though we have zero idea whether Del and Iden had a child one year ago or twenty).
- They’re both (sort of) white? (Though the actress who plays Iden is of Indian descent)
And that’s it, really. Most of these points are nonsense, and there are of course little details like how neither Del or Iden exhibit any force abilities, so having a daughter as powerful as Rey would be…unlikely, hence all the theories that Rey is Luke or Obi-Wan or the Emperor’s child.
Above all else, who Rey’s parents are is one of the greatest remaining mysteries of the Episode VII, VIII and IX trilogy. While Disney may be working with EA on these Star Wars games and have allowed Battlefront 2 to be canon, there is simply no way on earth they would let a video game story campaign reveal information this significant that relates to the main films. Rey’s parents are clearly going to be revealed in the course of the trilogy, and expecting people to play through a not-great four hour Star Wars video game campaign for answers instead is obviously ludicrous.
Occam’s Razor is the answer here. Sure, Iden and Del have a daughter. She is not Rey. Probably 100 billion people in the Star Wars universe had daughters during this same window of time who are also not Rey. It’s just the sense of mystery and a few random details where people are making this connection and having the gall to act like it could actually be true. Battlefront 2 likes to weave Iden and Del into hugely important events with all the major characters all throughout the campaign, but that’s in service of gameplay, not storytelling, and there’s no way that Disney would ever let them be this important. At best, Battlefront 2 set this up to encourage these theories by teasing an unseen daughter, but there’s no way that she’s actually Rey. Moving on.
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