Star Wars: Battlefront being made by DICE Stockholm, not LA

EA executive says upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront will be DICE's "interpretation" of the series.

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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.

Discussion

331 comments
razorfett147
razorfett147

IMO Battlefront 3 should take priority over Mirror's Edge 2 at DICE.  ME was a great game, but it didn't have the staying power of the Battlefront series.  And BF has been away for TOO long now...

Xodroc
Xodroc

This has potential at least, I still like DICE.  Hopefully they don't screw it up.  I'd love it, if it has the best of Battlefront and the best of Jedi Knight.

donkey0007
donkey0007

Now to make my life even better, i would like to learn that EA are in secret collabaration with BIOWARE to make Kotor 3...

Spartan02637
Spartan02637

This was the best serious ever at its time, if they fail to continue this I will be disappointed.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

What is DICE LA doing? If Battlefield 4, Star Wars: Battlefield, and Mirror's Edge are all being developed in Stockholm, (not that I'm complaining) what does that leave LA? More Command & Conquer? Or because of MOH: Warfighter are they relegated to developing DLC?

Josh_Barker
Josh_Barker

I don't understand why game producers (and film producers to a lesser extent) feel they need to put their own twist and input into regenerations of old titles. People love the old stuff because it's classic nostalgia and that's what they want in the regen of it.
Battlefront 2 only with better graphics, online and a few more levels will be just what the people want.
Starwars battlefield will just leave people disappointed.
Honestly if the offline mode is anything more than moving your ships around trying to conquer the star system, then I'll be pissed.
Likewise, if the online isn't the classic battlefront, people will be pissed off. Don't fuck it up EA, because if you piss off gamers with starwars, then you're really not recovering.

Fia1
Fia1

don't get fooled this game will be star wars: BATTLEFIELD with the most dramatic scripts you can possibly imagine

vadagar1
vadagar1

no way they can mess this up its like battle field with starwars skin you can't go wrong, just make some great maps, some nice vehicles, great weapon variety with upgrades and extensions


AND SPACE COMBAT WITH FIGHTERS AND STAR SHIPS and I mean like 20+ star ships going at it in space as 60+ players duke it out in fighter/bombers 

Vodoo
Vodoo

DICE is one of EA's best devs.. I'd love to see a Star Wars-themed Battlefield. Less sim, more arcade.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Couldn't careless they will ruin a great series. I've learned that much from all the other series EA destroyed over the past generation.

Gargus
Gargus

I don't care who develops it, I wont buy it because EA is publishing it.

I got tired a long time ago of EA treating customers like shit and refused to buy their products. Sadly that means Ill miss out of some games I want but Im not a hypocrite, and it will take more than just announcing a couple games that I have to pay for to win me back.

foxrock66
foxrock66

I have a mighty need. A mighty need.

zeronem
zeronem

I hope this is a First Person Shooter with kill streaks.  I played that mod Star Wars Galactic Warfare, and they should totally do something like that.

JoInfo
JoInfo

No one does Star Wars like Bioware. But I am excited for this one!

haedrianz
haedrianz

dice is one of the only EA affiliated studio that i have respect for...

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I so hope this isn't going to be Star Wars Battlefront: Battlefield Edition. I hope it's similar to Battlefront 2 in terms of playing as all sorts of different species, jedi, sith and being able to pilot all the at-at's and so on. Flying a ship like how the jets worked in battlefield could work though.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Yes finally a new Battlefront. Looks awesome so far. Do this right EA and all is forgiven.

EDFXNights
EDFXNights

So... Arh.... Battlefield 4 + Mirrors Edge 2 + Battlefront... They have plenty of manpower huh?

Let's hope this does not dilute the 3 awesome games

 

nechiken
nechiken

I really hope they make the space battles more interesting this time around. They felt more like a race than a battle. 

Fingers crossed.

loneygod
loneygod

Since EA now has exclusive rights for star wars games. Is it too much to hope for Kotor 3 from Bioware?

loneygod
loneygod

Hope they still have 3rd person

Keiner
Keiner

My heart has been crushed far too many times BattleFront.. Cautious optimism is what you get for now.

nechiken
nechiken

Genuinely excited for this. This is the first good news I've heard from the games industry in a while.

Rohan233
Rohan233

DICE are elite at making FPS games, like the Battlefield series, can't wait to see how Battlefront turns out

dkdk999
dkdk999

What exactly will dice LA be working on then ? I'm curious how their handling Battlefield 4, battlefront 3, and mirrors edge all at the same time.

Vorheez
Vorheez

as long as its the swedes. Ill be preordering.

gokuss4z
gokuss4z

Will this be for Ps3 or Ps4?

Bowser05
Bowser05

As long as I can be an Ewok, count me in.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

Please bring back the hero/villains option from BF2. I really want to slaughter people with Luke again.

Delkura
Delkura

Is anyone else worried that it will just be a reskinned Battlefield game?

jonmar
jonmar

@donkey0007 In an ideal world we would find out that Bioware has broken away from EA and are making KOTOR3.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@Josh_Barker I agree wholeheartedly, the last thing I want is DICE trying to build a full fledge single player campaign for BF3.  They had better NOT go there.  The ability to play matches offline against the AI and/or splitscreen is plenty enough for me.  I want ALL their efforts on the main course, not the side dishes.  And definitely....don't try to "Battlefield" the Battlefront experience too much.  If the X-wings handle like an F-18 with a jammed aileron...I'm gonna be pissed.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@Vodoo That's really all Battlefront ever was to begin with.  Hopefully DICE keeps it more arcade like you say...

razorfett147
razorfett147

@Gargus Lots of "higher principle" types missing out on great games these days.  Enjoy your dark times to come...no one will notice the absence of your cash.

Gargus
Gargus

@JoInfo 

Bioware has only done 2 star wars games. Knights of the old republic which was great. And the MMO knights of the republic which despite being the most expensive game ever made still flopped and had to go free to play within a year of its release.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@DamnILoveGames No.....a big hell NO to making flight craft in Battlefront unnecessarily difficult to fly.  X-wings and Tie-fighters don't work the way F-18s do.  Fighter craft worked just fine in the first two Battlefronts...DICE better not tinker with that too much.

rat5112
rat5112

@gokuss4z They have only just started on this thing so its hard to say.  Its going to be a few years before this comes out.  It'll definitely come out for next gen but I imagine they'll be supporting current gen for a while.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@razorfett147 @DamnILoveGames Yeah I would honestly admire it being easier. I was probably thinking more along the lines of the cockpit view and so on. But honestly a part of me believes they will change it a lot. They wanted to make it clear that this is their Star Wars: Battlefront interpretation and not Star Wars Battlefront 3.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@razorfett147 @DamnILoveGames I'm worried that they'll make it all first person. That's because in Battlefront 2 you could play as Jedi's and Sith's, but that would just feel mediocre in first person.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@DamnILoveGames @razorfett147 You're probably right.  Famous last words: "we're gonna take this popular thing and make it OURS".  Much unrest and disgruntled fanship soon to follow.  I hope I'm wrong.  I have little doubt DICE can make a great Battlefront game...the question is: will it still be the BF we all know and love?