DICE Resurrects Star Wars: Battlefront On The PlayStation 4

The Star Wars: Battlefront series, a combination first/third person multiplayer shooter set in the Star Wars universe, is one of the most beloved takes on the Star Wars franchise when it comes to gaming. Gameplay combined Force users, vehicles, infantry soldiers and Battlefield-like mechanics into one combination that shouldn't have worked but did. For years, fans have clamored for Battlefront 3 and now their wish has been granted: Electronic Arts, holder of the Star Wars license, has given it to Battlefield developer DICE to create a brand new entry in the Battlefront franchise for the PlayStation 4.

Such a match seems obvious, but it almost didn't come to be. In an interview with CVG, EA Games Label vice president Patrick Söderlund mentions how he wasn't even planning on pitching the license to DICE:

" I didn't anticipate them wanting to work on a license – they've always been new IP or their own IP," Söderlund stated to CVG. "But they were just like, 'we would kill to make this game' and the whole studio started talking about it like, 'please give us this game'. That's when I called Frank [Gibeau, EA Labels boss] and I realised we had something here. [...] They begged to do it, the opportunity was there and that's exactly why you'll see a game that will be what it needs to be."

Information about the game is sparse at this moment, with only few details and the 30 second teaser trailer, shown above, to go by and even then, no in-game footage is shown. How much of Battlefront will carry forward to this new iteration? Will DICE create "Battlefield: Star Wars" instead of giving fans the classic Battlefront gameplay they want?

We know the game will contain vehicles and infantry, that's a given, and that it runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, same as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield 4. Why are the remaining details so sparse?

DICE Resurrects Star Wars: Battlefront On The PlayStation 4Söderlund explains to Eurogamer that since the game is in an incredibly early state, he is hesitant to explain any details. However, he does give a hint about what to expect and why the game is not using a "3" at the end of the title:

"This is DICE's interpretation of what Battlefront should be," Söderlund explained to Eurogamer. "That's the best description you can have. There are absolutely things in the previous Battlefront games that you'll recognize and remember, but DICE wants to put its own flavor on it. That's the only way we can do it. Hence it's called Star Wars: Battlefront, without a 3 at the end. We want to say it's something new."

While Gamescom did not reveal any new gameplay details about the game, it did reveal the direction DICE was taking with this title and how they realize the importance of the franchise.

Patrick Soderlund dropped two quotes at Gamescom that is sure to excite not just Battlefront fans but Star Wars fans as a whole.

Soderlund on how important it is for this game to be successful:

"The most important thing for me is that we take the Star Wars license and come up with games where peoples’ jaws drop. We need to do with this what [Batman: Arkham Asylum] did for the Batman license.”

Soderlund on the importance of the old games while making the new Battlefront unique:

"We’re looking at the old games. We have access to everything that was done during the LucasArts era. But we do want to take our own stance.”

Not Linked to New Movies

In August 2014, Soderlund put out another statement, confirming that the game won't specifically tie into the new Star Wars movies being developed.

" What we're building is more rooted in the traditional Star Wars universe and not so much necessarily linked to the movies being made, and that's just because we wanted to make a game that celebrated the history of Star Wars. Obviously there will be things in there that are somewhat tied to the new movie. I wouldn't say that we have a particular tie to the movie. Now, obviously we would prefer to be close to the movie, but I wouldn't say that we're directly tied to it."

New Rumor

A new rumor has come out that directly refutes the above information -- the game won't tie into the new Star Wars movies 100%, but rather focus on the saga as a whole. This means all the movies, including the new one, will have some sort of representation in the new game.

Release Date

Star Wars: Battlefront is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release, but the game could easily slip to 2015 depending on how caught up DICE is with other projects such as Mirrors Edge 2.

Electronic Arts has now confirmed during an investor conference call that we will see Star Wars: Battlefront in the summer of 2015. This release date is set to coincide with the release of Star Wars 7. In August 2014, Electronic Arts reconfirmed that the game will definitely ship in summer 2015.

As soon as we have any more information about this game set in a galaxy far, far away, we'll be sure to update this page. Keep your browsers pointed at PS4 Experts for all the latest news on Star Wars: Battlefront and the PS4!

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I WANT IT NOW!

I... want... it... NOW

I feel the force

In this game, please release soon. Yoda would be proud he would.

patience

Patience younglings, Jedi soon you will be.

Sony Please make Star Wars awesome!!!

Sony you Rock If you can please also allow us to fly the fighter jets these movies are epic!!! I think after 30 yrs.I haven't seen a futuristic movie with anymore reality class & amazing belief ..Please give us the Jedi appeal that will honor The Star wars....Love ya....!!!

You mean EA?

Sony isnt making Battlefront. EA/DICE is

I've decided

After what a mess BF4 has been and EA's lack of care for the general gaming community and coosing profit over quality EA can keep Battlefront, no thanks, i'll never buy another EA game period.

EA

NO WAY!

The bane of quality games EA

Yeah if EA even touches SWBF I am so out dawg. Been waiting for something epic since fourplayer splitscreen like stwf2 on the xbox and if EA gets their grimy little hands on it no thanks.I'm out.

ps move

How could nobody have made star wars to work with the ps move motion controler yet. Everyone would lining up to buy the move controllers if they could use is as a light saber!! It would be the next big thing for sure

Start Wars Battlefront

Seems the priducers are putting the release date back for a marketing reasons rather than a delay in programming due to the new film releave at the end of 2015. Would expect a winter release so that its an even bigger money spinner for them

Star Wars Battlefront 3

More like EA and DICE are going to kill Star Wars Battlefront 3.i have waited 10 years literally for this game.battlefronts are the best videogames imo and now it is going to turn in a cheap cod and battlefield joke because they want more money and they dont care and i speak with proofs.proof 1:it is called star wars battlefront reboot instead of 3.how can you reboot something that is based on star wars universe and its made only for fun.2 first person which means this is not battlefront.3 no clone wars even on psp EVEN on mobile it had both eras.4 online.i played with my family and friends always on the same team enjoyng beating bots on elite offline and now with dice all this is gone because online sells more they dont care about offline even though its a lot more fun.5 canon.which mean what 2-3 battles 5 maximum.i could write a book but im done.star wars battlefront 3 is dead this is call of duty and battlefield star wars edition

Battlefront Trailer is Jaw Dropping

Okay I will start by conceding all of the criticism that has been leveled at this unreleased game but I would like to add a caveat to that concession. None of us actually know what the game is going to be like to play. That being said bashing it months before a playable demo has surfaced, or even a 2nd real trailer, is just premature. (And no, I am not counting the 2013 E3 teaser) The trailer that has been released, with the tantalizing game play tagline, and it is quite simply the single MOST BEAUTIFUL game I have ever seen. As a person who grew up on Atari and Commodore 64, seeing the growth of the videogame medium eclipse the sales of movies, is absolutely amazing to me. Graphics have come so far that we are now almost entirely focused on the gameplay. That is an awesome thing. If the gameplay of Star Wars Battlefront even comes close to what has been previewed thus far it will be the highest selling game of all time. I am estimating that the new film to be released at Christmas is going to break the $500 Million mark on its opening weekend. With a pre-installed fan base like that, and one that is rabid about the integrity of the series, EA and DICE have their work cut out for them. EA has certainly disappointed a lot of hardcore gamers, but DICE has been a solid performer on 99% of its projects. I hold great hope for this game. The trailer was jaw dropping. I've told everyone I know about it and showed it myself to as many people as I could. It looks like a film. In fact I've seen a lot of movies that don't look half as good. The Frostbite 3 Engine is an amazing thing. I for one am extremely excited about this release and once I've seen a few more trailers I will know for sure if this will be "the game" that finally sells me a PS4. Right now, I am thinking it will.

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