For this guide we are going to go through the process of restoring online multiplayer back to how it used to be.
With the advent of Star Wars Battlefront on the Steam marketplace and Gamespy’s shutdown on May 31, 2014, official multiplayer is unfortunately no longer an option. However, through the use of a third party service, we can circumvent that problem. This guide will be your companion to accomplish that. Anyway, without further ado, let us begin.
STAR WARS Battlefront Classic How to Get Online
Installation instructions: Once downloaded, you will want to rename the main executable (battlefront.exe) to anything of your choosing (as long as it’s not the default name that it is normally) and then, just like before, you’ll want to rename the Shell.lvl file as well. After you’ve done that, you can take the files that you downloaded and place them in the same location that the original files reside. With that done, you should be able to play multiplayer again, but it’s strongly recommended to not launch the game from the Steam browser because doing so can cause Steam to auto-update and remove the changes you’ve made. Instead of doing that, it’s advised to launch the game from the game folder directly.
Steam version directory/file path for battlefront.exe: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Star Wars Battlefront (Classic 2004)\GameData
Steam version directory/file path for Shell.lvl: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Star Wars Battlefront (Classic 2004)\GameData\Data\_LVL_PC\Shell\ENG
GOG version directory/file path for battlefront.exe: C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\Star Wars – Battlefront\GameData
GOG version directory/file path for Shell.lvl: C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\Star Wars – Battlefront\GameData\Data\_LVL_PC\Shell\ENG
Well, there you have it, I hope I explained everything well and didn’t cause any unnecessary confusion, and if you have any questions then you know where to leave them.
I suppose I should add that while it’s indeed possible that Disney/GOG or some other company will revive online multiplayer, for the time being, this is all we’re going to get and I think it’s important to rally as many people as possible before the hype of this new release dies down to maximize player-base. My hope is that they are using the game in its current state as a means to test the waters, checking to see if enough people are interested in the game before committing to anything like restoring multiplayer themselves. Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough. Enjoy playing classic Battlefront online!