DICE Feeling “Bullish” About Star Wars: Battlefront And Other Shooters To Come
At E3 this year, Star Wars: Battlefront was officially revealed with a short teaser video.
At this point in time, we don’t know much about the game, haven’t seen gameplay and don’t know the release date, although it’s presumably somewhere in 2014. It’s unknown whether the game will come to current gen consoles, and is so far looking like it’s heading to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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It’s been said that the game is being made by the Battlefield team, and will use the Frosebite 3 engine.
Also interesting is the fact that the game is not called Star Wars: Battlefront III officially and the reason for this, according to studio head Patrick Söderlund, is that the game will be “DICE’s interpretation of what Battlefront should be”, although it will still feature elements from the previous two games in the series. Due to this, DICE branded the game as a re-launch rather than a sequel.
DICE has done a similar thing with the next generation sequel to Mirror’s Edge, also choosing to brand it as a reboot rather than a traditional follow-up.
Now, according to EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau, the studio is “well into development” on Star Wars: Battlefront.
Gibeau spoke about DICE’s progress on the game during EA’s FY14 Q1 earnings call recently.
“We showed 22 seconds of where we’re going with it and the fan response was very positive,” commented Gibeau.
“The DICE team is well into development on that product already, so we feel very bullish about our shooter rotation over the next several years.”
Star Wars: Battlefront also “has a third-person component to it”, Gibeau confirmed, which goes some way in suggesting that the game will keep hold of its predecessors’ option to switch between first and third person perspectives.