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Damn the greebles, Star Wars Battlefront will not have iron sights

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Star Wars Battlefront, the upcoming game from Battlefield developer DICE published by EA, will not allow players to aim using iron sights, reports GamesRadar, citing an as yet unpublished story in this Friday's issue of OXM.

"There are no iron sights in Star Wars, on the ordinary blasters," executive producer Patrick Bach is said to... have said. "You have scopes on some rifles, but there are no iron sights."

Let us put aside for just a moment that we are, on an otherwise busy Wednesday in May, discussing a news story based on a secondhand report from an unpublished print magazine.

Allow me just this small amount of indignation.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you exhibit A — this detailed schematic of the classic E-11 blaster rifle, sourced from the Wookieepedia itself.


The BlasTech E-11, not to be confused with its larger sniper variant, smaller carbine version or even smaller pistol frame, is famously based on the British Commonwealth forces' Sterling submachine gun, the replacement for the Sten gun used extensively in World War II. The prop designers took a bunch of Sterlings (as well as some German MG-34s) and festooned them with greebles — little bits and pieces to obscure their silhouette and otherwise make them look all futurey.

What did they leave on the Sterling cum E-11? Iron sights — one in the front, and one in the back.

It's not our fault that the Stormtroopers didn't use them. They're there. THEY'RE RIGHT THERE! I'm sure that DICE noticed them when they were scanning them into the game via thousands of close-up photographs.

What, pray tell, is Luke Skywalker using to aim his newly-liberated E-11 in this picture? Huh? The Force?


Well... maybe he's using the Force I guess.

We'll know more when OXM's article comes out later this week. You can subscribe here.

Move along. Move along.

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