'Star Wars Battlefront 2' Update 1.19 Adds New Squad System - Patch Notes

Star Wars Battlefront 2 's September update has deployed as version 1.19 on PS4. The sizable patch introduces a brand-new Squad system and features visual tweaks to Clone Trooper Appearances. You can read the full patch notes below.

'Star Wars Battlefront 2' 1.19 Patch Notes

Squad System

  • Rejoin friends and allies faster than before
  • Play together with people on your friends list as a Squad
  • Spectate Squad members after death
  • Spawn to Squad members
  • 2v2 private matches of Hero Showdown

Appearances Updated

  • 91st Mobile Reconnaissance Corps
  • 104th "Wolf Pack" Battalion

Ping Site Changes

  • Matches players to sites with the best ping

Matchmaking

  • End of Round Matchmaking fully implemented
    • Mixes players up more frequently for more balanced matches
    • Favors filling servers instead of creating new ones

FEATURES

  • Added ability to get into squads and spawn on squad members on Galactic Assault and Strike
  • Improved screen flow for quicker spawning in all modes where Squad Spawn is not present

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • More dynamic change of characters shown on the Home and Career screens, due to implementation of backend ability to change those in a live environment
  • Implemented various stability fixes for the End of Round (EOR) Matchmaking
  • Improved the way the game client looks for an online game, by adding an automated Default option for the best Ping site, as well as simplifying the choice of sites in the menu

HERO CHANGES

LEIA ORGANA

  • Fixed an issue where Leia's Alternate Fire ability could damage a player piloting the AT-ST

VEHICLE CHANGES

U-WING

  • Fixed an issue where the "Repair" ability would not properly activate

LANDO'S MILLENNIUM FALCON

  • Fixed an issue where the Tactical Jammer ability would have no effect on Lando's Millennium Falcon

CLASSES & SPECIAL UNITS CHANGES

OFFICER

  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the Disruption ability to trigger in sync with the animation

HEAVY

  • Removed the ability of Ion Turrets to lock and fire on troopers, as requested by the community
  • Reduced the damage done by the Ion Torpedo for better balancing

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Fixed an issue where the Resourceful Star Card wouldn't correctly lower the ability cooldown when used.

GAME MODE CHANGES

GALACTIC ASSAULT

  • Implemented backend timers that allow tweaking of the objective duration on Galactic Assault in a live environment

HERO STARFIGHTERS

  • Added animations to further enhance the look and feel of the game mode's widget

STRIKE

  • Fixed a spelling issue in one of the objective texts

MAP CHANGES

JAKKU

  • Fixed an issue where heroes could hide or get stuck behind metal barriers on Jakku

ENDOR

  • Fixed an issue that would leave players stuck between tree and mountain assets

TAKODANA

  • Fixed an issue where the chicken near the East Turbolaser would not be fleeing from the player

GENERAL CHANGES

  • Added Ewok Hunt and Extraction-based challenges to the list of Daily Challenges
  • Removed Hero Showdown-based challenges "Perfect Together" and "Vader and Kylo," based on player feedback that they are too hard to achieve in an online environment
  • Fixed an issue where Iden's character and description text would be missing from the Campaign's spawn and customization screen
  • Fixed an issue where players would not be able to change their Clone Trooper appearances during the pre-round screens on games taking place on Kashyyyk and Kamino
  • Added additional UI effects when unlocking an Emote, Victory Pose or Appearance from the menu
  • Increased the maximum numbers of players in a group to 20, and the maximum number of players who can play together to eight
  • Fixed an issue where the button to get more Crystals would not show up in the Emotes and Victory Poses screens
  • Adjusted the "Saviour Kill" stat, so that it tracks relevant kills from the whole team and not just the squad members
  • This update will automatically disable CrossFire functionality for players with AMD Graphics Cards running on Windows 8 / 8.1, due to lack of support for multi-GPU with the specified operating system and GPU vendor.

The tweaks in Star Wars Battlefront 2 update 1.19 aren't exactly game-changing, but it's nice to see that DICE is still listening to this game's active community. The heavy turret change in particular has been a constant source of frustration for fans, so it's nice to see that the team has taken the initiative to pull it back.

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'Star Wars Battlefront 2' update 1.19 makes some tweaks to Elite Corps Appearances introduced in last month's update. DICE/EA

With September's update now live, fans can start turning their attention toward the two major DLC drops set to arrive in October and November. Over the next two months, Battlefront 2 players will receive General Grievous and Obi-Wan Heroes with Appearances, as well as the Geonosis map with exclusive vehicles. Players have been begging developers at DICE for substantial content updates, and they're finally on their way. Today's update essentially lays the groundwork for those changes by making critical quality-of-life adjustments on the back end. It's not super exciting stuff, but at least fans know those goodies will be here soon.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The 1.19 Squad update is live on all platforms.

What are your thoughts on the latest update for Star Wars Battlefront 2? Are today's fixes enough to bring you back, or are you waiting for October? Tell us in the comments section!