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Yep, Anakin says *that line* in Battlefront 2

Galactic heartthrob joins the roster next week

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Anakin Skywalker is coming to the next big update for Star Wars Battlefront 2 (well, I guess he’s already there, from a certain point of view ...) and the dialogue EA DICE recorded for him includes one of the galaxy’s most groan-worthy lines not involving midichlorians, Jar-Jar Binks or prolonged negatives.

That’s right, beginning Feb. 27, Anakin is gonna talk shit about sand in this here game. He will speak that dissonant, overwritten failboat of a line on his Attack of the Clones date with Padmé, which of course ramped up that vulnerable-yet-brooding sex appeal that so many folks didn’t find hot. The line was so putrid, and Hayden Christensen’s acting of it similarly pungent, that it became a meme when people were still figuring out how memes worked. It’s had quite a shelf-life, too.

“I don’t like sand, it’s coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere,” is one of 10 lines for the character in Battlefront 2, voiced by Matt Lanter, who portrays Anakin on The Clone Wars TV series. DICE revealed those lines yesterday along with several other details about the galaxy’s favorite teenage goth with a laser sword.

Fan reaction underneath the forum post seems to be strongly positive toward the ironic aside. But for that line, they’re still treating Anakin very seriously. His four abilities all fit the character, especially how attacking him (or, hell, attacking with him) increasingly pisses him off, building toward a gigantic Force group-hug.

He comes with two forms, Jedi Knight and Jedi Robes, both based on his appearance in Episode 3. Anakin comes to Battlefront 2 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and will cost 35,000 in-game credits. He’ll be joined by the armor skins for the 501st Battalion, which got a detailed discussion over here. They come in two phases, Phase I costing 5,000 credits or 100 Crystals and Phase II 20,000 credits or 500 Crystals, per skin. There’s also a Phase II bundle for 60,000 credits/1,500 crystals.

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