The campaign mode of Battlefront II is unlike anything we've seen in a Star Wars game before. It's a subtle, intelligent plot that weaves perfectly into the overarching narrative of our beloved galaxy far, far away. The bulk runs alongside Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, a series of novels that chronicle the ultimate fall of the Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi. But the epilogue jumps forward by decades, and drops tantalizing hints of something called "Operation Resurrection." What is this mysterious project, and how does it tie into the events of The Last Jedi? Note: This article contains spoilers for the epilogue of Battlefront II.
Everything We Know About 'Operation: Resurrection'
The epilogue sees Del Meeko, now a trader, return to the planet Pillio for unknown reasons. Pillio was an important world for Del. He's likely the only non-Imperial who knows that this was once one of Palpatine's observatories, and contained a vault of artifacts the Emperor had collected. Although Del dismissed most of them as "junk," he knows that Luke Skywalker picked up a compass while he was there — and it's heavily implied that Del knows that following this compass ultimately took the Jedi Master on his pilgrimage to Ahch-To.
Unfortunately for Del, he's captured by Kylo Ren and the First Order. It turns out he's stumbled on something called Operation Resurrection, an unspecified First Order project that's considered top secret. Interestingly, whatever this project may be, it's overseen by the First Order's top trainers.
EA and DICE have teased that the mystery of Operation Resurrection will be explored in a #BattlefrontII DLC that releases just a day before The Last Jedi hits theaters.
"We also wanted to share a quick note…on the 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' single-player DLC, "Resurrection". The DLC features three new chapters of Iden’s story and picks up after the campaign’s epilogue. In "Resurrection", Iden is on a quest to search for her missing husband, when she stumbles across a First Order conspiracy that crosses paths with both 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Last Jedi' film timeline."
It seems the DLC will star Iden Versio as she goes searching for her missing (sadly deceased) husband, and will lead to her uncovering Operation Resurrection. It's surely no coincidence that the DLC is scheduled for release so close to the theatrical release of The Last Jedi — this is clearly a direct tie-in to the film.
What Are The Possibilities?
There's very little we can say for certain so far. The first is that Operation Resurrection is tied somehow to Palpatine's collection of Force artifacts, so we should assume that this project is rooted in the dark side of the Force. Off the back of this, popular #StarWars theorist Mike Zeroh has suggested it's to do with the technology that's keeping Supreme Leader Snoke alive.
Zeroh's theory is an interesting one, but it ignores two important plot points. The First Order has put the Pillio base under the command of Gleb, a specialist in training Imperial Stormtroopers. He's so good at his job that he was rescued from the doomed world of Vardos in order to exercise these skills in building the First Order. We can assume there's a reason for this, and that an expert in military training hasn't just randomly been assigned to command a project that's all about the dark side of the Force.
The second issue is a matter of timing. The game ties in with Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, which gave us our first hints as to the origin of Snoke. We learned that Palpatine sensed a dark side presence in the Unknown Regions, one that he longed to find. As we read in Empire's End:
"The Emperor was convinced that something waited for him out there — some origin of the Force, some dark presence formed of malevolent substance. He said he could feel the waves of it radiating out now that the way was clear. The Emperor called it a signal — conveniently one that only he could hear. Even his greatest enforcer, Vader, seemed oblivious to it, and Vader also claimed mastery over the dark Force, did he not? Rax believed Palpatine had gone mad."
Zeroh tends to assume that Snoke's facial scar is a fresh injury, perhaps caused by an encounter with Luke when the First Order attacked the galaxy. That argument isn't entirely persuasive though. Andy Serkis recently discussed the scar as the focal point for his understanding in how to portray the character's voice, suggesting it was somehow core to his identity and being.
No, it's more likely that Snoke received this terrible injury years ago, perhaps even millennia ago, but has survived nonetheless. That doesn't fit with Zeroh's theory.
It's worth noting that the epilogue's events seem to be set shortly before The Force Awakens, as they include Kylo Ren torturing poor Del to learn the location of Lor San Tekka. That said, Marvel's Poe Dameron comic series has already established that Lor San Tekka managed to evade the First Order for quite some time, so there may well be a gap of a few years between the epilogue and the Sequel Trilogy.
Ultimately, the truth is that we don't yet have many clues to Operation Resurrection. That's a deliberate choice on #Lucasfilm's part. If this First Order project really does tie in to #TheLastJedi in the way we're hoping, they'd be fools to drop enough breadcrumbs for us to work it out right now. Instead, they've deliberately left a mystery, one that will only be solved when the DLC releases on December 13th.
What do you think Operation: Resurrection is all about? Let me know your theories in the comments!
[Source: PlayStation Life]