EA has confirmed that it will be the DICE studio in Stockholm handling primary development on Star Wars: Battlefront.
EA recently established DICE LA to specifically handle development on Star Wars titles, but EA Games Label chief Patrick Soderlund said in an interview with Eurogamer that the new LA outfit will be taking a supporting role.
"We will support a lot of what's made in Stockholm from LA," said Soderlund. "Imagine stuff like potential expansion packs and premium services being managed and handled out of LA. But the main game, Battlefront, is being built in Sweden. And so is Mirror's Edge. And so is Battlefield 4."
"It's a way for us to expand the DICE universe, to be able to do more. They are helping. Who knows where this will take them long term? Right now they're focused on helping."
"When you're in Sweden, Stockholm is a gigantic gaming city with DICE and Mojang and all the other companies, but we realised we needed to extend our reach if we wanted to get to the breadth of talent we wanted."
Soderlund also added that the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront would be DICE's "interpretation" of the series.
"This is DICE's interpretation of what Battlefront should be," he said. "That's the best description you can have. There are absolutely things in the previous Battlefront games that you'll recognise and remember, but DICE wants to put its own flavour on it. That's the only way we can do it. Hence it's called Star Wars: Battlefront, without a 3 at the end. We want to say it's something new."
EA signed a multiyear deal with Disney at the start of May to make "core" Star Wars titles.