The Emperor’s Sith lightning ability appears to have landed him in some hot water with the developers of Star Wars Battlefront II as he has been temporarily removed as a playable character from the game. Apparently a programming glitch in his Sith lightning attack was allowing players to shoot opponents through walls, causing quite a bit of frustration I’m sure from opposing players. So until a permanent fix is applied to resolve this issue, the Emperor will be sitting on the sidelines for the time being.
EA announced the Emperor as a playable character in Battlefront II back in October.
The June 28 patch was intended to help the lightning’s targeting. Surprisingly, it broke everything again. As a result, it seems like EA and DICE have just completely pulled the character this time until they can fix it. Today, DICE’s community engagement head Ben Walke explained what’s happening on the game’s forums.
“We plan to execute our Kill Switch (KS) for [Emperor Palpatine],” Walke wrote. “This means he will be removed from the game. He will be disabled until a hotfix can be deployed. We don’t take this decision lightly, but we feel it is in the best interest for everyone until a fix can be deployed.”