DICE says creating Star Wars: Battlefront is "scary"

DICE originally got offered the game a week after talking about it.

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DICE has spoken about how creating a new entry in the Star Wars: Battlefront series is "scary" for the studio.

Executive producer Patrick Bach spoke about inheriting the license at a BAFTA event in London (via IGN), saying that staff at DICE was discussing the series days before EA revealed it had obtained the license for the game.

"It's quite interesting," said Bach. "For some strange reason--coincidence, I don't know--we had a discussion at the office about what happened to Battlefront. You know, the old IP that someone else made that was a rip-off of Battlefield. Bastards!"

"We should've made it," he continued. "It was a competition of powers. We couldn't do both at the same time."

"For some reason EA was negotiating with Lucas/Disney, as to whom should make the new Star Wars games. And just a week later it was like, 'Oh, by the way, that discussion you were having about Star Wars? Do you want to make it?'"

DICE unveiled at E3 2013 that it was developing a new Star Wars: Battlefront with a brief CGI trailer. The studio's attitude towards the game changed once the Swedish team actually started making the game, too. "We weren’t as cocky when we got the chance, because to take on something like this is scary, as you can imagine. You can only screw up, right?"

"We've been promising ourselves if we're doing this we need to do it right. So trust me, we're hard at work to figure this one out,” Bach added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Bach said, "Who would have thought Star Wars would be made in Sweden?"

DICE's take on Star Wars: Battlefront is aiming to be released in 2015, for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Star Wars VII is due to be released in the same year.

Discussion

105 comments
tosh25
tosh25

the best way is free roam and being able to fly drive all vechicles not just some it can be done but i think how bad and how short they making stories now a days that being said has ruined a lot of great games and remakes like tomb raider max payne 3 should of never had online and ea did great with mass effect but bioware has done star wars games before

jordankt10
jordankt10

Hey every commenter on here! Who gives a flying fuck who makes the game! If you don't like who's making it, don't buy it! Simple as that. Nobody wants to see you bitching about "oh its going to be another battlefield" and "it's not gonna be like the other star wars games." Let me tell you this: EA doesn't give a shit either! They know people will like this game and doesn't need people like you to bag on it when you haven't even tried the damn game yet!

Kraken422
Kraken422

I'm pretty certain they are going to ruin it for me. I loved playing with my friends against the computer, unlocking buffs and weapons and becoming indestructible. I have no doubt that this will be almost entirely online focused which will ruin it for me. That's not to say that others won't love it, it'll just lose what I liked in the previous games. 

gamer112696
gamer112696

EA should have never closed down Pandemic Studios.  Pandemic was doing great.  I don't understand why they closed them down.  Battlefront and Battlefront 2 made lots of money.  Now I have to worry about EA doing something stupid.

dogbert784
dogbert784

"You can only screw up, right?"

And you will. But just throw some dubstep and lens flare in there and you might get away with it. 

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

I would have said more daunting than scary, but I wouldn't say it's a lack of confidence. It's a huge project, and think of how you'd be if you were in their shoes. Would you fare better?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Can't do any worse than Lucasarts had been doing for the last eight or so years, and Dice pretty much invented the style of game to begin with so it looks like a win-win for them!

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

This is the last time I open another article here, this site(new version) is pretty horrible. And it doesn't grow on you... Check in for the headlines and that's about it from now on.

On another note, this is great news for Battlefront, looking forward to it DICE!

Wraith3
Wraith3

I'm excited for this. I've said since Battefront was out (after playing BF2) that LucasArts just didn't go far enough with it. I think DICE will nail it.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Developers, please pay attention: 

Every game needs to be DONE RIGHT! 

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

very excited for the new battlefront, 

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

After Fuse (originally Overstrike), and MoH yes I'd worry to if I was under EA's manangement. 

15gamingguy
15gamingguy

If its so "Scary", maybe you shouldn't have destroyed Pandemic. And calling them bastards, even jokingly, after you put hundreds of people out of work for not fitting in is just in bad taste.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

EA doesn't publish any great games. Even its BF series is a failure. Only because we who love the game are stupid enough to get conned again and again. Dice...cant even produce a quality game. I wonder how EA can even strive to be FPS supremacy when their game is this type of quality...haiz. maybe you can be graphically inclined game supremacy. definitely not FPS.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Well, it could be a great game or a huge disappointment. We have seen what they managed to do to MoH, destroy it. At the same time though, they are fully capable of making a great game.  They absolutely must keep bot battles, 3rd person, and keep the level of customization down.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Considering what happened to the last people who worked on it, I'd be scared too.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

This works well for battlefield as well because we probably wouldn't see BF5 until 2017 at the earliest which is great. It won't feel like recycled BF4 with so much time in between.

McGregor
McGregor

Should be easy to make. Take Battlefield 4, and re-skin it. That is pretty much what Battlefront was, a re-skinned battlefield.

kryotech
kryotech

Battlefront with Frostbite 3 would be amazing....

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

I have a question:

is dead-space developer working on a new star-wars game?

ZeratulPrime
ZeratulPrime

just make more cinematic event or scripted event like Buuum.... wall crumbling Kabooom... car explode, yeah like other CoD clone newbie

josh7845
josh7845

Completely understandable, but DICE does have the potential to innovate. Despite Mirrors Edge not being very good, at least it showed that the devs have creative vision and are willing to take risks for the sake of creating new experiences. DICE also has a huge amount of experience with multiplayer shooters spanning on huge maps. I think they'll do just fine.

H0RSE
H0RSE

@Kraken422

Yeah, bot matches were really fun, and should be staple feature of the remake. I also hope they don't essentially make Battlefield: Star Wars Edition. Battlefront has an entirely different mechanic, from the pace of the game, to the gun mechanics, the movement, etc. Being able to drive/fly (more) vehicles in the Star Wars universe would be a cool edition, but overall, the game need to retain it's more "arcadey" playstyle to stay true to the name. 

evangeliman
evangeliman

@Nightmare338  BF is great, waaaaaaay better than cod, the only other good shooter coming out is titanfall which is everything cod should have been by now, and technicly is COD, since its made by its creators.

96augment
96augment

@Nightmare338 Dead Space, Mass Effect 2, Burn out Paradise, Portal 2, Bad Company 2, and Dragon Age are really good games (in my opinion). 

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@NoahRoalson MoH was developed by DICE LA, which is a completely different studio than the one in Sweden. I think we can all breathe easy knowing that the new Battlefront is being developed by DICE in Sweden and not LA. I'm sure they are stressed out about the daunting task and high expectations. They should be, but I have faith that they'll do a good job.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@McGregor The objectives and interface were the same, but it felt more arcadey. For one thing, flying was actually fun.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

@McGregor The controls on battlefront always felt way different and the gameplay is way more fast pace. It's more comparable to older COD games.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Nightelf123 You can bet EA are gonna have as many of their studios crank out a Star Wars game as possible in the next couple of years.

Solace427
Solace427

@Nightelf123 According to some reports, yes. They have been hiring for a "next-gen Star Wars Title"

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@bxbombers007 @GONtheSKYLORD 2015 is when the new Battlefront is predicted to be released, so there's no way BF5 will come out in the same year. Plus, I think they'll more likely work on the next Bad Company before that game.

dogbert784
dogbert784

@crazyrage23 @dogbert784 @UnrealPro What? EA owns DICE. They don't get money to make games without EA. That's why XB1 is getting some DLC maps before PC and PS4 - because EA tells them to. You work for DICE = you answer to EA.