EA aiming for jaw-dropping Star Wars games

Executive Patrick Soderlund says, "We need to do with this what [Batman: Arkham Asylum] did for the Batman license."

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Electronic Arts is hoping to make jaws drop with its upcoming Star Wars games, beginning with the recently announced next-generation Star Wars: Battlefront game, in development at Battlefield studio DICE.

"The most important thing for me is that we take the Star Wars license and come up with games where people's jaws drop," EA Games vice president Patrick Soderlund told Polygon. "We need to do with this what [Batman: Arkham Asylum] did for the Batman license."

Soderlund wouldn't go into details on the new Star Wars: Battlefront game, saying, "It's going to take a while." He did, however, confirm that the speeder and AT-AT shown in the game's teaser trailer will be featured in the full game "for sure."

The executive also said DICE is poring over past Star Wars games to make the new Battlefront title, including the controversial Star Wars: Battlefront III.

"We didn't toss anything out," Soderlund said. "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."

DICE's new Star Wars: Battlefront game is one of multiple Star Wars titles EA currently has in development as part of its exclusive deal with brand owner Disney. Dead Space studio Visceral Games is also working on an all-new Stars Wars title, though no details are available about this project.

The new Star Wars: Battlefront game is expected to launch in summer 2015 alongside Disney's upcoming Star Wars films.

Discussion

402 comments
hanlon23
hanlon23

Could you imagine star wars setting but with Skyrim type gameplay that would be awesome

LordBadmanius
LordBadmanius

Like if u remember the ps2 days of Star Wars battlefront 2 yay :D

Love2play99
Love2play99

Damn Disney, now Dice is doing a Star Wars game, that´s odd, imagine "Star Wars Battlefield: The revenge of the RUssians".

Darod97
Darod97

If its not broken, dont fix it

myungish
myungish

When EA decides NOT to hype one of their games, THEN i'll be interested.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Fulfill the ambitions that you had with The Force Unleashed or make an epic RPG then. Actually, I think people's jaws will drop even if you only made a game that was *just* good. That's how unfamiliar people are with combining the words  "Star Wars", "game", "want" in their heads.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

way more interested in this than BF4

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

I hope Battlefront keeps its signature arcade feel even with next-gen graphics and physics...

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

they should make another jedi knights game where you go learn how to be a jedi and even the way the multiplayer was it was great

Fursnake
Fursnake

Hopefully EA's aim is better than a Stormtrooper.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

There really isn't much they can do wrong with this, and I trust DICE to make an excellent Battlefront game grossly superior to its predecessors. I just hope EA doesn't start churning them out every other year. 

DeveloperDre
DeveloperDre

Battlefront 1 and 2 were both decent games when they came out... I'm sure this next-gen Battlefront will be enjoyable too- stop whining- just don't buy it if you don't think it will be great

mannad85
mannad85

Lets be honest, if you are a gamer and you like star wars, you are going to cave and buy whatever they ram down your throat.

mannad85
mannad85

look all they need to do is put starwars skins on battlefield 4. Mod it a little and push it out. This shouldn't even be a really issue. It should be low budget and high profit. If they try to develop a game that is completely new and revolutionary, then they will lose because the profitability for EA will be lower because they will have to pay royalties for disney. To mitigate this they should place the star wars games on top of successful platforms they have built already. Mass Effect 3 is a great example. look at what mass effect 3 provided. Effective 3rd person epic shooter with hints of psychic super powers aka biotics, robots, epic space battles, customization, choice and effects, and different classes and races working together; the only thing missing from this formula for a good starwars game is an improved melee system for the jedi lightsaber... a minor adjustment and then look at Dragon Age: Origins - take the RPG turn based style and apply that to future KOTORs, viola!  

ViskiJack
ViskiJack

Dead space and Mass Effect where  the only EA games i was invested in and they prety much made it in to a stupid shooter with co op.Star Wars really is briming with potentital storywise but not in the in EA's hands that's for sure.Their games compromise to much for some stupid notion that they could have mass apeal.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Unless one of those games is KOTOR 3, I don't give a **** about ANY of it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Uh, what else would you be aiming for? I mean, if you're going after a cash grab, you don't say it. Not even EA would say that.

lostn
lostn

Uncancel SW 1313 and I'll believe you.

Nergathh
Nergathh

EA has done good games and I hope these will be good. But I have mixed feelings because of what EA have released lately. They seem heavily invested in this so who knows?

neroist
neroist

I understand that people keep talking about Battlefront and the like.  But lets not forget about EA has Bioware + licensing for SW= KoTOR 3?

Bring back the d20 please!

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

2015?!  Shit.  I'll die from anticipation.

Wraith3
Wraith3

YES! Gimme a new X-Wing/TIE game, Republic Commando 2 (Imperial Commando???), and a new Jedi Knight and you'll win me over.

cboye18
cboye18

Man, Battlefront sure was fun; spent years playing it, along with smash bros. Too bad they don't make games like these anymore. It's sad that developers such as Pandemic, Rare and Ensemble aren't around anymore either :(

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

if it's from EA than it won't be jaw dropping 

jaifrecap
jaifrecap

I'm glad that's what they're aiming for. Star Wars has such a rich universe, but the games have been mediocre for quite awhile.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DeveloperDre "Oh, I'm afraid the childish rant deflector shield will be quite operational when the game arrives.", "Now witness the whinyness of this fully arrogant and raging comment section!"

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mannad85 I'm a really big fan of the Jedi Knight series and would love to play anything remotely close to it, but I won't buy The Force Unleashed from what I know about it. A very large price cut, the game costing below 5 euros could persuade me rethink things, but I don't see that happening and I'm neck-deep in other much better games (although they don't offer what Jedi Knight did).

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mannad85 viola? They'd only viola-te the copyright Disney has on Star Wars products if they tried to do a BF with Star Wars skins. The reason modders can do that is because mods are non-profit. It's better for gamers if they have larger ambitions than merely low cost/high profit, so I think they should go ahead and really develop something that is new and revolutionary.

mannad85
mannad85

@ViskiJack they actually have more potential than you think, but knowing EA - I agree they will mess it up. Plus they should change the name of starwars to rapewars.. who gets to rape this fan loved franchise next with low budget games and movies?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@tightwad34 They don't say it, they let their actions speak for them. The old saying "action speaks louder than words" still remains as true as ever.

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

@lostn EA wasn't developing it, its unlikely they will continue with somehting that they were not directly involved in.

shuffles88
shuffles88

@lostn didn't look THAT great to begin with. SWBF is all i care about

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@neroist Don't expect a new KOTOR anytime soon. They won't make one until SWTOR is no longer profitable. They wouldn't want to pull people away from that.

Skyrim25
Skyrim25

@jaifrecap  games in general have been mediocre. FPS are the worst and they are like 80% of the games today. The only ones that stand out as great games are... Skyrim(TES) , Fallout 3, Total War games, and Evil Genius(never given a chance by most people and they failed to see that is actually one of the best games ever).

mannad85
mannad85

@Hurvl @mannad85 you missed the point. I didnt mean that EA go on a mod site a create illegal software. I am merely suggesting they dont need to reinvent the wheel, and by that it shouldnt be much more than a paint job. Sorry  I meant to say Voila! not Viola, which is a string instrument slightly larger than a violin.

Fursnake
Fursnake

@KingofCabal @lostn 

Lucasarts was developing and publishing it so it coulda shoulda gone to EA along with the rest of the Star Wars franchise.

mannad85
mannad85

@Alex4789123 @neroist news flash - SWOTR is no longer profitable - it never was, hence why it is now free to play with expansions costing money - they are trying to make their money back most likely, and you can't compare mmos to single player turnbased RPGs because mmos kill social lives.

jaifrecap
jaifrecap

@Skyrim25 @jaifrecap If you're talking about all games in general, then you're playing the wrong games if you think they are all mediocre. There are some pretty amazing games these days. From indies to triple A titles. 

If you are talking only about FPS, then I don't think they are all mediocre. Just all similar, and that gets boring quickly.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mannad85@HurvlI was referring to this part when I mentioned violating copyright: "the profitability for EA will be lower because they will have to pay royalties for disney". If they use any Star Wars things whatsoever, they'll have to pay royalties to Disney. I agree that they could make a quick buck by simply adding Star Wars skins to BF4, but they'd still need to pay Disney for using the Star Wars related material.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Alex4789123 @mannad85 @neroist With that logic (which is sound) they're not going to release a new Star Wars RPG either, until a few years have gone by and SWToR is old and obsolete. That's why I hate MMO's, they take all the spotlight/money even if they're crap, preventing other similar games to be made.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@mannad85 @neroist How do you know It isn't profitable? Do you work for EA? Anyway, my point is their not going to make a new game set in the same universe as an MMO they are still supporting.

Slimsoj
Slimsoj

@Primeyuri @KingofCabal @grasshopper6 Just another FPS? Really now.. Destructability to environment on that scale is unheard of.
If BF4 is, as you say, "just another fps", what was Battlefront, then? Just another Battlefield but with poor graphics and poor execution but with a  Star Wars theme?