EA: DICE and Star Wars -- "A match made in heaven"

Executive Patrick Söderlund says DICE making the new Battlefront game "feels right."

The pairing of Battlefield developer DICE and the iconic Star Wars brand is a "match made in heaven," according to EA Games boss Patrick Söderlund.

Speaking with CVG, Söderlund said DICE building the new Battlefront game "just feels right" and made clear it will be developed by veterans.

"You will have people that have worked on Battlefield for many years on it, you will have [DICE executive producer Patrick Bach] himself involved in it," Söderlund said. "These are experienced DICE people in Sweden building this game--it's being built in Stockholm."

Beyond a brief teaser trailer for the game at E3, EA and DICE have remained quiet on what the new Star Wars Battlefront game will offer. Söderlund wouldn't add much, saying that EA and DICE are conceiving the project as a "rebirth of the brand."

Elsewhere, Söderlund shed light on the unlikely story of how DICE came to be paired up with the Star Wars brand in the first place.

"The DICE guys, Karl Magnus Troedsson and Patrick Bach, were talking and I told them we were in dialogues with Disney over this deal and they just looked at me and said, 'Why haven't you spoken to us? What are you doing? We want to make Battlefront,'" Söderlund said.

"DICE is a very particular place and they are very proud of what they do and you don't really tell them what to do," he added. "I didn't anticipate them wanting to work on a license--they've always been new IP or their own IP. 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.'"

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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339 comments
ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

Has anyone said masseffect+starwars=nerdgasm? i just had one.

quidditch3
quidditch3

As much as I hate EA right now at least we will have DICE behind Battlefront, a reputable and well respected developer who actually knows where their money to continue comes from, unlike some developers (cough cough Maxis). otherwise I used to enjoy the battlefront series on PC. but I have moved on to console now. So I hope it comes out on xbox one

senjutsu
senjutsu

Loved battlefront games, but come on. It's only a video showing the title of the game. They should stop trying to get hype years and years before the game actually pops.... that's lame.

gamergath
gamergath

I miss you STARWARS. Any game, with LIGHTSABERS in it! Please!

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

If there's no third person and no heroes, i won't be too excited because that's what drew me to the second one (despite what other people may think). I also loved how they could jump extra high, that was fun.

hp2110
hp2110

o god I feel like Disney will want to be involved and they will just ruin the game

dannyboy100
dannyboy100

If its purely based on Episode 4 to 6, then yes. Amazing. If they're forced to encompass the prequels, with loads of Jedis jumping around and Sith Jumping around and Ja Ja Binks and shit vehicles on shit planets with blue orbs and bollocks then no, this will fail.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Place our faith in Dice we must.

shantd
shantd

This could be utterly amazing or a complete bomb. It's not easy to pull off a game like this which incorporates pure action with pure tactics with pure strategy. My only hope is that DICE is HALF as ambitious as the original developers were for Battlefront III. That means, I hope they decide to keep the seemless space to ground combat that was promised way back when.

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

A teaser trailer never made me completely bust out in excitement until now.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

this could possibly be utterly superb. I'd personally do-away with the third person perspective and literally turn this into Battlefield Star Wars. I will be eagerly awaiting more news on this potentially wonderful game.

Yatsukiii
Yatsukiii

EA is lucky they have the Frostbite engine with destructible environments to work with, because if they didn't, I would tell EA to go fuck themselves.

tightwad34
tightwad34

It's Battelfront. They know what we want and it really doesn't matter who develops it because if they fail they will be doomed to the dark side.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

 i wonder if it will have destructible environments like the battlefield games?, i hope so

Imatyta
Imatyta

Dice will make the best Battlefront ever. I have always wanted them to make one.

Ten_Tigers
Ten_Tigers

Show some gameplay footage. Tits or gtfo.

SwungCookie
SwungCookie

Why are people complaining about EA making this? Would you rather have it handed down to Activision?

Errorcutive
Errorcutive

add a map editor please so we wont be buying every dlc they give, and please balance every map cause in BF II endor was rebel sided and droideka IS an OP CLASS

Gargus
Gargus

Much as Id like to play this Im not a hypocrite, when I said I was done buying EA products I meant it.

EA has a long way to go to earn back my business. Im not like most gamers who said the same thing then posted "I cremed my pants take my money now!" when this game was announced.

AMG
AMG

I'm not getting excited until I find out more details.

FakeMythology
FakeMythology

I  am a DICE Fanboy I admit it, but thank you EA for making that happen you are putting a beloved franchise in the right hands.

vadagar1
vadagar1

battle of Hoth..... 2 imperial walkers advancing to the final flag.. everyone picks snipers XD .... you lost :<

vVizionz
vVizionz

just KEEP it third-person!

Trotul
Trotul

I just hope they dont fuck us over with a bunch of DLC

adalramion
adalramion

WHEN IS IT COMING OUT? CAN'T WAIT FOR IT!!!

Wobbletop
Wobbletop

first two were absolute classics for me, doing a curly wurly with excitement about this next one

da_chub
da_chub

This article should read "ea and Star Wars, the death of an empire".

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

@dannyboy100  You did have the option to turn off the heroes and choose maps in the previous battlefront game.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@SwungCookie in point of fact i think this game would be better at the hands 

of CDPR, they'll make it DRM-free too 

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

@Gargus  I just don't boycott a developer for a few mistakes or bad games. Just buy the games that appeal to you and ignore the rest.

DeejayIF
DeejayIF

@Gargus Like we care if you buy EA products, if you don't buy it, I will.

koendrenthe
koendrenthe

@Gargus you're not making a point. you're just saying that after all the shit EA went through with negative comments about their DRM plans, you are too stubborn to buy a game you maybe like alot but is developed by people you don't like.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@vVizionz I could not agree more. All games need the first/third person option, especially this one, with third person being the main option.

dogbert784
dogbert784

@vVizionz Name one 3rd person game made by DICE? They're making yet another FPS. 

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@Trotul They actually put a lot of work into that DLC though. I know some people don't want to spend more money after purchasing the game, but every one of the map packs is 3.5-5gb of content. That is almost the size of other FULL games.

koendrenthe
koendrenthe

@thequickshooter @SwungCookie Yeah, EA to. EA just cancelled all their DRM plans and said they won't do it again in the future. it's now even more likely CDPR would start with DRM than EA

tightwad34
tightwad34

@koendrenthe Please try to not speak for other people. You are putting words in their mouth and I highly doubt they were there in the first place. If you want to make a point, make your own.

koendrenthe
koendrenthe

@dogbert784 @vVizionz I just hope they'll keep the option to switch from 1st to 3rd. it would be possible now. i mean, look at their technology with spectator mode in Battlefield 4

Master_Adeum
Master_Adeum

@SythisTaru @Trotul They don't put any work into DLC lol. They could have launched DLC with the game 99% o the time. These games are built, then DLC is taken out and sold for extra money.

koendrenthe
koendrenthe

@Master_Adeum @SythisTaru @Trotul actually that is the biggest shit i heard. it's maybe true that most of the first DLC is already done, but still look at what dice has brought with Battlefield 3. 5 HUGE dlc's which you can rather call Expansion packs. as far as my memory goes expansion packs always have existed on any system, with any publisher. you can enjoy your game you bought for 60 dollars. you just have to buy if you want it bigger. search for facts and don't scream bullshit.