Gamescom 2013: EA Wants To Pull An “Arkham Asylum” With New Star Wars Titles
We might not have seen any new glimpses of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront during EA’s Gamescom conference, but the publisher has now stated that it aims to do something different with the newly acquired license.
EA’s games label Patrick Soderlund spoke to Polygon about how the publisher aims to re-invent the way people look at Star Wars titles, much like the way Arkham Asylum re-imagined comic-to-videogame adaptations.
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“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.”
Speaking about the lack of Star Wars: Battlefront footage at Gamescom, Soderlund explained that the game itself was very far off from being complete, and is not yet in a state they are comfortable to show to the public. Of course, it was recently revealed that Battlefront would only be releasing in 2015, so this is understandable.
“It’s going to take awhile. We just announced the license and showed a sneak peek of Hoth. The speeder and the AT-AT will be in [the game] for sure.”
EA is also looking for the best of its developers to work on the Star Wars game that aligns with what they excel at, with DICE being a perfect choice for the Battlefront franchise. In fact, DICE are looking at some of the ideas that were present in Battlefront III before it was cancelled.
“We didn’t toss anything out. 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.”
Being a massive Star Wars fan, I certainly do approve with this approach EA is taking with the license. More varied and different Star Wars games are exactly what the label needs, and EA has some quality developers under their roof that are fully capable of delivering such experiences.