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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Janina Gavankar derived Iden's calm personality from her grandfather, a veteran soldier.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Both Janina Gavankarnote  and Iden Versionote  are of mixed ancestry.
  • Banned in China: As a result of the microtransactions/lootboxes and possible gambling for minors controversy and the tremendous public backlash, Belgium, Australia, and Hawaii are seriously investigating EA's practices in this game. As of recent events, Australia has dropped the Banhammer first.
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  • Dawson Casting: Janina Gavankar was in her mid-thirties while Iden was in her mid-twenties, Paul Blackthorne was in his late forties while Hask was in his late twenties, and TJ Ramini was in his late forties while Del was in his mid-thirties. And then the thirty-year Time Skip happens.
  • Executive Meddling: In response to outrage over the game's microtransactions, Disney, owner of the Star Wars brand, pressured EA into disabling said microtransactions at launch. Given how Disney announced a new trilogy of films and was preparing to release The Last Jedi at the time of the game's launch, it's likely that the company didn't want the controversy to overshadow future projects and tarnish the Star Wars brand. Fans were generally pleased by this change, making it a rare example of positive meddling.
  • I Knew It!:
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    • While Sequel Trilogy content was a given, Prequel Trilogy content was not. Some fans believed that the title would skip out on the Prequels, while others held out hope that they would be a part of the game. The latter group were proven right.
    • That Inferno Squad is actually a Battlefront II novel and is a prequel to the single-player campaign, which would revolve around Inferno Squad.
  • Jossed: The Resurrection DLC reveals that no, Iden and Del aren't Rey's parents. The Last Jedi, released on the same day as the DLC, also revealed that Rey's parents are ordinary people, so you would've known that ahead of time if you played the DLC after watching the movie.
  • Meme Acknowledgement:
  • Mirror Match: Because characters on the same side of the Force can’t fight each other and there can only be one named character at a time, this is usually averted. The only exception is Anakin Skywalker (who is considered a Light Side character) and Darth Vader (who is part of the Dark Side), who are able to fight each other.
  • The Other Darrin:
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    • Matthew Mercer voices Luke Skywalker, taking the place of Mark Hamill from the films and Anthony Hansen from the previous game.
    • Roger Craig Smith fills in for Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, though interestingly, Matthew Wood voices him while masked.
    • In the beta release, Rey was voiced by Helen Sadler. By the time the game hit stores, she was replaced by Rey's original actress, Daisy Ridley.
    • Maz Kanata is voiced by Grey DeLisle instead of Lupita Nyong'o.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Putting the money down for a pre-order allows players to use skins from The Last Jedi for Rey and Kylo Ren, along with Star Cards for the Millennium Falcon as it appears in that movie and Ren's TIE silencer).
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Youtubers including Star Wars commentary maker Dash Star and video game player DukemNukem were allowed to play the game during development to test out bugs and give feedback.
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Screwed by the Network: Following a really long string of controversies ranging from the microtransactions fiasco to the contentious story campaign, nobody was surprised when it was reported that the studios that worked on the story mode and the Starfighter Assault mode left the team, essentially leaving the game with a skeleton crew of developers to drip feed future content. It's made even worse when it was implied that EA would devote more of the remaining developers into newer releases like Battlefield V.
  • Talking to Himself: Sam Witwer, once again, voices both Darth Maul and Emperor Palpatine. Indeed, putting the taciturn and straight-laced Maul next to the eldery and hammy Palpatine triggers a conversation the likes of which fans would never know it's the same person voicing them.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Scenes from the first teaser (Inferno Squad standing around with their helmets on before they turn to see the Death Star II suddenly exploding, the “We weren’t expecting Special Forces.” exchange, “Hope cannot save them!” and other shots of Iden on Vardos, etc.) are changed in the final game, either being completely different scenes, different takes, or are not cutscenes.
    • Datamining reveals that the original script had said that Iden’s mother died when she was young and Gleb raised her in her father’s absence. This was changed for Inferno Squad, presumably so that Iden would have to deal with her mother’s death in the present day.
  • Working Title: According to a datamine, it's "Walrus".

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