After Star Wars Battlefront 2 was given away by Epic, the servers crashed

Commander Iden Versio makes a tired face.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 (opens in new tab) is currently available for free on the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab), but you might have trouble playing anything other than the singleplayer modes. Players have been seeing error codes 623, 918, and 721, all of which point to the same problem—no connection to EA's servers.

EA has been working to fix the problem, as the EA Help Twitter account explained: "An incredible number of players have joined us during our @EpicGames Store free week and we're scaling up new servers to welcome you all to the Battlefront." 

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Although a subsequent tweet suggested the problem had been fixed (opens in new tab), saying that, "We're happy to report the issue affecting #StarWarsBattlefrontII server capacity has been resolved", players in the replies are still seeing the same errors. I just fired it up, and I couldn't connect either.

It probably doesn't help that Battlefront 2 offers double XP weekends, drawing back existing players as well as new ones. Plus, who could resist the opportunity to blast some noobs trying it out for the first time?

At least you can still play the singleplayer campaign, which is fine, I guess? Some of the "defend someone until this blue bar is full" objectives drag on a bit, and it's yet another Star Wars game that gives you a lightsaber then expects you to enjoy killing alien bugs with it, but it's hard to argue with the price.

This weekend we're asking our readers, what's your dream Star Wars game? (opens in new tab)

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.