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?
Söderlund 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."
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.
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!
Game Category: First Person Shooter